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Since we are on the topic of the Afghans

Some jumping jacks:

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QdggP7rw0mg[/youtube]

Looks like they are having a good time.

Push ups:

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8ThUxg1hrrU[/youtube]

The push ups video is especially priceless… “That was the worm man…. he was doing the worm” LOL

Hat Tip: moi

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Most of the recruits are rural villagers who have never been inside a classroom. Roughly 15 percent test positive for drugs, primarily hashish. Few know how to use a toothbrush or drive, and nearly 90 percent are illiterate.

Since January 2007, upwards of 2,000 police have been killed in action—more than twice the figure for Afghan Army soldiers. U.S. officers say as many as half the police casualties were a result of firearms accidents and traffic collisions.

70,000 or so Afghans trained under the program since its inception, only about 30,000 remain on the force, according to State and Defense officials.

The whole article is very interesting. A good read if you have the time.

Full Story at Newsweek – HERE

I picture the training going something like this:

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vx57Bo9l–8[/youtube]

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I don’t normally wear t-shirts, but for this one I’ll make an exception:

Though, if anyone asks me if it’s “Ed Hardy”, I’m going to say “But it ain’t even got no skulls, fuggetaboutit!” and then never wear the shirt again. :P

Available at the NRA Store – HERE (I hope they ship quickly!)

Hat Tip: Linoge

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As of February 22, visitors can pack heat in any national park from Gates of the Arctic to Everglades, provided they comply with the firearms laws of the park’s home state, according to the new law that was passed as an amendment to credit-card legislation.

The law, passed by Congress in May, reverses 94 years of National Park Service policy that generally allowed visitors to transport unloaded, disassembled weapons in the trunks of their cars. It applies not only to national parks, but also to national wildlife refuges.

Critics, say there are as many potential complications as there are state and local gun laws.

David Barna, a National Park Service spokesman, said park websites are providing some guidance to visitors, but it is the responsibility of each gun owner to understand the laws of the state they are visiting.

“The single biggest threat is the situation that’s going to occur in campgrounds, where you have inexperienced people, who don’t know much about parks, who are out of their element,” Wade said. “You are sleeping under the trees and you hear a noise. You look out of the tent and see a shape and start firing.

I definitely think that is a valid concern, especially when alcohol and camping pretty much go hand in hand.  Hopefully common sense prevails though, because it would be a shame to see a sharp rise in deaths or injuries as a result of less restrictive laws.

Full Story at the L.A. Times – HERE

Anyone have any upcoming winter or summer national park trips planned where you plan on carrying?

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The Eddie Eagle GunSafe® Program, NRA’s groundbreaking gun accident prevention course for children, has surpassed yet another milestone by reaching its 23 millionth child.

The purpose of the Eddie Eagle Program isn’t to teach whether guns are good or bad, but rather to promote the protection and safety of children. The program makes no value judgments about firearms, and no firearms are ever used in the program. Like swimming pools, electrical outlets, matchbooks and household poison, they’re treated simply as a fact of everyday life. With firearms found in about half of all American households, it’s a stance that makes sense.

Eddie Eagle is never shown touching a firearm, and he does not promote firearm ownership or use. The program prohibits the use of Eddie Eagle mascots anywhere that guns are present. The Eddie Eagle Program has no agenda other than accident prevention — ensuring that children stay safe should they encounter a gun. The program never mentions the NRA. Nor does it encourage children to buy guns or to become NRA members. The NRA does not receive any appropriations from Congress, nor is it a trade organization. It is not affiliated with any firearm or ammunition manufacturers or with any businesses that deal in guns and ammunition.  (Source: National Rifle Association)

Although it would be impossible to really know how many lives this program has saved, I’m sure the number is huge.

The NRA’s blog post – HERE

More about the NRA program – HERE

If your kids haven’t seen the video, the NRA actually has it available for free on YouTube:

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wIEBrb_wRYc[/youtube]

The cartoon is short and very entertaining.  I am shocked that it only has about 29,000 views!

Hat Tip: SayUncle

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