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With MamaLiberty’s comment this morning on the “Trouble with Leaders” post, this blog has now had 35,500 comments (not including spam) in its 6+ years.

Earlier this summer, Mas Ayoob at Backwoods Home proudly mentioned his 20,000 comments in eight years. I was waiting to spot a nice, round number here, but they’ve flown by so fast I’ve missed them until this morning.


  1. E. Garrett Perry
    E. Garrett Perry September 20, 2016 6:21 am

    Hooray! Glad to see you leave that cop-sucking chekista in the dirt! His worthless ass was the one reason I never subscribed to BHM, and watching that blue-coated purple-belly get paid at the expense of your blog was the last straw for me.

  2. CB
    CB September 20, 2016 6:22 am


    Beware comparing yourself with others. It might limit you. Go! Yay!

  3. CB
    CB September 20, 2016 6:24 am

    Gotta say the comment edit feature with a timer is pretty cool. Is that a WordPress add-on?

  4. Claire
    Claire September 20, 2016 6:49 am

    Yep, CB, that’s a WP add-on found by He Who Fakes It Well. And I agree, it’s a blessed thing.

    And don’t worry, I’m not going to compare myself to many people, and certainly not to a “cop-sucking chekista.” 😉 I’ve never met Mas, but his “all cops are always right” attitude is definitely scary. And the way he joined the mob repeating falsehoods about the JPFO sellout was … not endearing. After that, his boast of 20k comments just stuck in my mind.

  5. Comrade X
    Comrade X September 20, 2016 2:19 pm

    The more I learn about Claire and what’s between her ears the more I likes her.

  6. LarryA
    LarryA September 20, 2016 2:44 pm

    [Devil’s advocate]
    Mas is a cop, for sure, and has been most of his life. But he knows self-defense and presents it well, and he respects non-cop carry. I’ll keep reading, and recommending, his self-defense books.
    Come SHTF, I’m gonna be “What do you bring now,” notsomuch “what were your opinions back in the World.”
    [/Devil’s advocate]

    That Ben Franklin thing about “hanging together” and “hanging separately.”

  7. Desertrat
    Desertrat September 20, 2016 4:01 pm

    I’ll take Kathy Jackson’s view of Ayoob over most others. Probably, a lot more professional experience. Odds are, he spends a lot more time working in his profession than in blogging. Blogging is great when you’re spreading a Gospel, but that’s not his profession.

  8. Claire
    Claire September 20, 2016 8:27 pm

    What does Jackson have to say about Ayoob? I did a search on her site and see that’s she’s an associate of his (having both taken classes from him and taught classes for him). But I didn’t see anything specifically about her views of him.

  9. MamaLIberty
    MamaLIberty September 21, 2016 6:06 am

    Yes, Ayoob is a cop. Cops have totally different objectives and methods than we mere “citizens.” I don’t think any of his experience or training relates well to us poor slobs. And he makes that very plain if you really listen to what he says. And I’ve read enough of his stuff to have made up my mind with reason, not emotion.

    He refuses to answer honest questions – especially in his BWH blog – by shutting off comments when they were not sufficiently worshipful. (I quit looking at his blog long ago.) I’ve read his books, and they are a combination of cop perspecive and severe instructions for mundanes to bow down, kiss cop feet and “do whatever they tell you to do.”

    Just got done viewing/listening to a video where he denigrates the usual advice that “citizens” should keep quiet and not talk to the police without a lawyer. He then stated something truly outrageous – with no proof – that most defense lawyers believe their clients to be guilty!

    From what I’ve read, he categorically denies police wrong doing as well. I’ve read nothing from him that inspires me to trust his judgment on anything.

    No thanks.

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