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Young v. Hawaii

The 9th Circuit issued a decision last week in the case of Young v. Hawaii.  I’m not going to mince words; it is abysmally, intellectually, and philosophically devoid of any redeeming qualities.  Well, that is not entirely accurate… Justice O’Scannlain’s stinging dissent makes for some interesting reading.   Okay… bottom line up front:  The Young case...

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Professionalism at Arms, Part Deux

Professionalism at Arms, Part Deux   The fire crackled loudly causing me to lift my eyes from my copy of Dante’s Inferno and glance toward the hearth.   “Concerned that the Seventh Plane of Hell is opening its gates for you, Captain?”, the Major said from his chair with a chuckle.   “I believe that, in the final analysis, my...

Professionalism At Arms

Professional”ism” at Arms   If you have taken any classes with me, or listened to my missives, you may have heard me refer to the concept of Master-at-Skill-at-Arms.   A number of people have commented on this term and the vaguely archaic nature of the way it sounds. Master-of-Skill-at-Arms is indeed an old concept, predating the invention of...

Go East Young Man

Go East, Young Man? Over the last few years there has been a noticeable migration of citizens from California and New York to points east and south.  There are many reasons for this phenomenon.  If you subscribe to Marxist economic theories, then it is simply a rational act by greedy capitalists looking to maximize profits by...

Training in different climates

Many of you are aware of our new business, Orion Training Systems.  We are now producing our very own simulators.  Many of our law enforcement and military partners have been looking for very specific scenarios and training modalities for years.  Our new systems allow us to address these objectives and produce simulations in a...

Sparks in Virginia Years ago, one of our instructors emeritus Margie was giving a presentation on sex crime prevention and reduction.  (Margie at the time was an investigator with the Orange County Sheriff….she has since held positions as Chief of Police Services for a South Orange County city, and recently was promoted into the “Puzzle...

How Do I Love Thee…

Fridays are usually my “blog days,” meaning that at some point during the day a muse smacks me upside the head and gives me inspiration on what to write for the following Wednesday’s blog. Over the last few weeks, Muse has been keeping her hands to herself.  I have been able to come up with...