The Descent of Shane – Part 1

So let’s start out by breaking down exactly who and what Shane is.

He was a deputy working for Rick on the police department as well as being his best friend. When Rick is wounded, Shane leaves him in the hospital for dead and then takes up with Lori (Rick’s wife).

Shane struggles with his feelings for Lori, and even thinks about taking Rick out of the picture, and may have if Dale hadn’t caught him in the midst of thinking about it.

All that aside, let’s concentrate on the first of two issues. We’ll cover the second one in Part 2.

Is there anything that Shane could have done other than shoot Otis? Was it the right thing to do?

Argument 1…Otis shot Carl and if Shane didn’t make it back with the medical supplies the kid would die, so Otis was just paying for his sins.

Argument 2…Only the strongest survive. If Otis wanted to survive he would have put a bullet in Shane before he got one himself.

What would you have done? And what would you do if you were there to witness it, but the shooter didn’t know it? Do you tell anyone?


Colombiana (2011)

Colombiana  (3 Out of 5 Graves)

Colombiana follows an old and well travelled path.  Girl see’s parents die, and vows revenge. It has been done before, and a bit better, but overall it wasn’t a horrible movie, it was just a little too slow in some spots and there wasn’t really anything new in it.

Zoe Saldana does a passable job as an assassin right up until the final fight scene.  There is just no way a hundred and ten pound woman is going to grapple with a man twice her size and win. It felt like they hired the choreographer from the Jason Bourne movies, but just couldn’t pull it off.

And after shooting into a CIA office building and threatening to kill a member of an FBI agents family every week, there is no way they are going to stop looking for her.

Okay if you rent it, but its not something I would buy and watch again.



The 25 Days of Undead Christmas – Day 25

For the final day of Undead Christmas I want my ultimate present:  The HK MP7A1.

The MP7A1 is a versatile weapon, it’s small enough to carry easily but gives you the ability to engage targets which are further out while using the retractable stock and foregrip to add stability.  The Walther P99 on my list earlier are great, but they don’t provide the rapid fire stability the MP7A1 does, nor do they have the capacity to take a 40 round magazine.

Your friends are at the end of the block raiding a stationary store for toilet paper, and your on the second floor of an office building watching as the undead start to poor out of the surrounding buildings.  With the MP7A1 your goign to be able reach out and effectively start to pop heads off without having to get close enough for your pistols to be effective.

The weapon might be harder to get, but this is the ultimate undead killer.

The 25 Days of Undead Christmas – Day 24

For the twenty-fourth of my 25 Undead Christmas presents I want a STIHL MS 460 Rescue Chainsaw.

This saw is designed to take a beating and keep on going.  A normal chainsaw isn’t going to be able to cut through plywood, plaster, and nails for long.  This chainsaw is designed to take that kind of abuse and keep on going.

After you’ve used your Tac Wedges to jam the door shut and you realize there is nowhere to go, the STIHL MS 460 Rescue saw is going to let you cut through walls and sneak out the back.  And while its not rated for butchering work, the chain isn’t going to slip off the chain once it gets wet like a normal chainsaw would.  So in a pinch you can use it to cut a path through the horde if you have to.

The 25 Days of Undead Christmas – Day 23

For the twenty third of my 25 Undead Christmas presents I want a set of climbing spikes.

Think of all the uses.  If you’re lucky enough to be in a group of other survivors you can climb a tree to watch the girls bathing down by the river.  Oh, and they can keep you alive too.

When your stuck in the woods and you know their are undead about and you need to get some sleep you can take these babies out and climb into a tree.  With a little rope and some knots you can fall fast asleep while hugging some bark.

Good times.

They also come in handy if you find yourself surrounded in a city.  Bolt up a telephone pole and use your Rino GPS/Radio to call for help.

A must have for the undead survival expert.

PS. Make sure you get aluminum units so they are light.

The 25 Days of Undead Christmas – Day 22

For the twenty second of my 25 Undead Christmas presents I want packets of Quick Clot.

This is awesome stuff.  Like the ITS pants, there are a couple of useful scenarios where this stuff comes into play.

Scenario one is….(wait for it)… you’re a dumb ass.  You slip and fall as you’re climbing through a broken window and open up an artery.  Quick clot to the rescue.  It stings like a son-of-a-b*tch but it stops the bleeding almost instantly.

The second, and more likely is that a few of the undead get a hold of one of your limbs.  They don’t get teeth on you but they tear one of your limbs off as your buddies and the undead play tug of war.  With a few packets of quickclot you might get the chance to be called stumpie instead of dead. Watch the video below to see some graphic, but truly amazing video of quick clot in action on a pig model.

The 25 Days of Undead Christmas – Day 21

For the twenty-first of my 25 Undead Christmas presents I want a pack of TAC-Wedges.

They are lightweight, and will seal a door closed (or open) whenever you need to make sure that door is not going to move.  But be warned, once in place, you can’t remove it without a sledge to shatter the actual device.

It has four steel teeth on the back end that will bite into concrete, marble, vinyl, and lock the door in place after you kick this thing home.  After that, you either just sealed the door closed or made sure you have a path out.  You can also set it into a door sideways between its hinges to make sure it stays open, and has the advantage of not sealing the door open permanently.

And they are relatively light weight, so you can keep a couple strapped to the back of your pack. You never know when your going to have to shut a door between you and an undead horde.

Just remember, the door isn’t going to be opened, but if there is enough weight behind the attack, the door frame might fail.  The TAC-Wedge is only going to keep the door from opening, not turn an interior door into a steel plated vault door.

The 25 Days of Undead Christmas – Day 20

For the twentieth of my 25 Undead Christmas presents I want a pallet of survival buckets.

They aren’t going to keep you alive for weeks at a time, but they are small enough to put one in every closet and trunk.  And I don’t just mean at home. You have no idea where you’re going to be when the end starts, and the last thing you want to be forced to do during those first deadly days, is running around looking for food and water.

Keep a survival bucket at the office, at your vacation home, in your closet at home – and when it all goes south, you will be able to sit tight for a few days until the worst of it settles out.  You have to remember, in those first days, you’re going to have to be just as worried about the other survivors wandering around as the undead.  The more you can keep your head low during those days and let the undead thin out the numbers, the better off you will be.

The 25 Days of Undead Christmas – Day 19

For the nineteenth of my 25 Undead Christmas presents I want a pair of ITS tactical Pants.

They have an integrated tourniquet system built into the lower extremities to allow you to rapidly stop blood loss in the event of an arterial bleed.   I can see this having a couple of applications.

In the first scenario your pulled down in a mob of undead, and you get bitten on the thigh.  If you can apply the tourniquet and stop the blood flow, maybe, (and its a big maybe) you can lose a leg versus your life.

The second scenario is you fall through the floor of a building your scavenging, and a piece of rebar spears you through your lower leg.  Using your Rino GPS radio your able to call for help and provide your location, but your going to bleed out before they can get to you without these pants.

The third and final scenario is that your in a gunfight with other survivers and you get hit.  At least with these pants you will be able to keep fighting until you win and you can get some medical attention or make sure they pay dearly for screwing with you.