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Five O’Clock Friday: The Curse of Social Media

Author: From • Sep 23rd, 2016
   Category: Blog Entries.Local
A funny commercial from IKEA.

Enjoy the weekend. Hold the pics.

Didn’t Empty My Pockets After Shooting

Author: From • Sep 22nd, 2016
   Category: Blog Entries.Local
Received this text from my dear wife...

Oops. Sorry honey, I thought I emptied my pockets. Love you!

And it was a quality round too.

So Much Stupid

Author: From • Sep 21st, 2016
   Category: Blog Entries.Local
Just when you think liberals can't get anymore ridiculous...

It's hard to imagine anyone reaching that level of stupid without serious drug abuse or inbreeding.

Perhaps Hayes is joining Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson in being "grateful that nobody got hurt." 

Survey: 75% of Virginians Agree that DUI Checkpoints Should Be Legal

Author: From • Sep 21st, 2016
   Category: Blog Entries.Local

In 2015, there were over 240 alcohol related vehicle fatalities and nearly 5,000 related injuries in Virginia. This number is still too high, but overall the state is trending in the right direction. Between 1990 and 2009, each year had over 300 alcohol related fatalities, enforcement and awareness campaigns seem to be working.

One of the most aggressive enforcement tactics police in Virginia use is DUI checkpoints, but there is disagreement about the legality of this method. We decided to ask Virginians their thoughts on the matter, and the results are quite telling!

Take a look:

DUI Checkpoint Survey

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Sausage and Spinach Spaghetti Pie

Author: From • Sep 20th, 2016
   Category: Blog Entries.Local

A great recipe is one where you can add, substitute, or remove any ingredient you desire. This spaghetti pie was made with brown rice pasta, making it not only tasty, but gluten free as well!


- 8 oz. uncooked spaghetti (I used gluten-free brown rice pasta)
- 2 eggs, lightly beaten
- 6 oz. mild Italian sausage
- 2 cups chopped tomatoes
- 3/4 cup chopped onions
- 6 oz. fresh spinach or power green mix
- salt and pepper to taste
- 1 cup shredded cheese (I used Mexican 4-cheese blend), divided
- cooking spray

Place an 8 or 9-inch round cake pan in the oven. Preheat oven to 500 degrees (while leaving the pan inside the oven).  In a large saucepan, bring water to a boil and add spaghetti. Cook about 8 minutes until almost done. Drain. Place eggs in a large bowl and add hot pasta, tossing to coat.

In a large skillet, cook sausage until browned, stirring to crumble. Add tomatoes, onions, and cook for 1 minutes. Add spinach, salt and pepper, and 1/2 cup of the cheese, cooking until most of the liquid is evaporated. Combine sausage mixture with spaghetti. Remove cake pan from the oven (using oven mitts) and spray with cooking spray. Add pasta mixture to the cake pan and sprinkle remaining 1/2 cup cheese on top. Bake for 18 to 20 minutes. Remove pan from oven and cut spaghetti pie into wedges. Enjoy! If you'd like a printer-friendly version of this recipe, Click Here.

"The best preparation for tomorrow is doing your 
best today." - H. Jackson Brown, Jr. 

Rivanna IDPA and Weapons Master Match

Author: From • Sep 20th, 2016
   Category: Blog Entries.Local
The Rivanna IDPA club put on it's "Weapons Master" match this weekend. In additional to the usual IDPA match, there were two stages each for shotgun and rifle. The rifle and shotgun stages were optional, and shooters could shoot either or both. Even though I have shot neither the rifle nor the shotgun competitively, I signed up and was looking forward to the fun.

I opted to start with the shotgun stages. The courses of fire required shooting birdshot, buckshot and slugs, both while standing and on the move. The ammo types were mixed throughout the stages, and only three rounds max could be loaded in the gun at any time. Keeping the ammo straight was to be the most challenging, and frustrating, part of shooting the stages.

The first stage started with a single round of buckshot in the gun. After engaging a paper target, three rounds of birdshot were loaded and three clay targets were shot on the move. Arriving at the next position there were two falling steel targets, one requiring buckshot, the second a slug. Next, three more clays engaged on the move with birdshot. The final position had a paper target requiring two buckshot rounds. 

The second shotgun stage was of similar setup. One of the positions had a steel target that activated a drop turner. This is where that stage went wrong for me. With two rounds of buckshot in the gun, I hit the steel and turned to the drop turner — which wasn't moving. Thinking I missed the steel, I lowered the gun to load another round of buck. As I did, the steel completed its fall and the drop turner dropped. So not only I had a missed target, there's was a round of buckshot to eject before I shot the next targets. Any plan I had was gone from that point on!

I was happy with my shooting, though my reloading could be timed with a sundial! I have no "muscle memory" built up with the shotgun. As fate would have it, I was also the first shooter on the squad for these stages, so did not have the benefit after watching anyone else first. Never having shot a tactical shotgun match before, I was not expecting to be jumping between ammo types throughout the stage. I had different ammo staged in a side saddle on the gun, in a vest pocket, and in a pants pocket. I'm not a fan of "memory stages" in general but still enjoyed the shooting aspect of the stages.

After the fact, I thought of a number of things I should done differently, especially with regard to how I carried the ammo and reloaded the gun. Despite the slow runs, and the missed target issue, the stages were a blast. I learned a lot and am looking forward to getting to the range for more work with the shotgun. 

Next up were the two rifle stages. The first stage consisted of eight targets at increasing distances, four on each side. The targets were to be shot near to far down the left side, then far to near on the right, with three hits each. The rifle started unloaded on a table along with a magazine loaded with twelve rounds. At the start, we got up from a chair, loaded the gun and engaged the left targets from low cover. Moving to the second position where a second mag was located, the remaining targets were engage from a kneeling or seated position.  

The second rifle stage was pretty much a typical IDPA stage, but shot with a rifle. Targets were engaged from cover and from multiple positions. Each target required two body shots and a head shot. As opposed to the distance shots on the first stage, the targets were moderately close, necessitating changes on aiming, especially on the head shots. 

While I didn't win any races, I shot better on the rifle stages than I actually expected. It was great to get in some "real world" shooting rather than simply shooting while standing still at the range. 

After those fun long gun stages, it was time to return to more familiar territory and shoot the three pistol stages. The first stage was shot from a seated position, with the unloaded gun in a box and all magazines on a table. Six targets, partially hidden by non-threats required three hits each.

The next stage started with engaging three targets while backing up. Then we moved to a prone position to shoot through a ground-level opening. Behind the opening were five more paper targets, and two steel plates. The steel targets were placed directly in front of non-threat targets. I cleared the steel successfully despite the challenging shooting position.

The last stage was a quick course of fire set up in the plinking range. There were eight paper targets, arranged in pairs. They were set at an angle to each other, with a non-threat in the front. The targets were engaged from the outside of two barrels set on either side of the bay. Only four of the targets were visible from either side. This was a fast and fun stage to shoot.

This was an extremely enjoyable and well run match. We shot seven stages total, and I was on the road home by 1:15PM. I was pleased with my scores in the pistol match. I learned some things on both the rifle and shotgun courses, and am especially looking forward to getting out with the shotgun more. I had forgotten how much fun it is to shoot, especially when not shooting an extremely high number of rounds in one day.

Now I have three weapons to clean, and a lot of ammo boxes to sort out. But that's not an awful problem to have.

Anniversary Range Trip

Author: From • Sep 16th, 2016
   Category: Blog Entries.Local
Since our wedding anniversary fell on a "school night," we opted to delay a celebratory dinner out until the weekend. Instead, Colleen and I planned an outing to the range in the afternoon. After I finished my last teleconference for the day, we headed out. (Since it was a special day, I carried both of our ammo stocks to the car.)

Late Thursday afternoon has been a good time to find the range empty of other shooters, and so it was this visit. I’ve been wondering if folks are preserving their ammo, or the intrusive ROs have been driving people away. In any event, it’s a win for us.

We started out shooting slowly at 7 and 10 yards. After a bit we moved back to 15 yards. Colleen was shooting a Smith & Wesson M&P Shield, and wanted to improve her accuracy at the longer distance with the small gun. So after each round, we checked our targets, and she would announce “Let’s do it again.” We spent quite a bit of time doing slow fire at the 15 yard line.

30 rounds, 15 yards, David

I found that exercise to be beneficial myself. It’s good to spend time really concentrating on maintaining sight alignment and an even trigger squeeze. My eyesight is such that the edges of the sights are generally sightly blurred, and the targets very much so, so the concentration was good, and I was pretty pleased.

“Checkered Flag” had also joined us for the fun, so eventually we started working on his favorite “precision” exercise; shooting out a black paster. We did this from both 7 and 3 yards. Why does it always seem to be the last shot of an 8 or 10 round string that goes astray? After seeing Colleen’s target, I suspect she’ll be challenging us to the Dot Torture Drill in the near future.

8 rounds, 3 yards, Colleen

When it was my turn to pick the drill, we got in some single handed shooting. I try to dedicate at least a magazine to both strong and support hand shooting at every range trip.

While it may not be the “traditional” anniversary celebration, it works for us. We had a very fun couple of hours outdoors doing something we both enjoy. Most of my range visits I make by myself, so it really was a special “date.” On the way home, Colleen treated us all to overpriced coffee at the local Starbucks too.

And we’ll do that dinner this weekend.

32 Years!

Author: From • Sep 15th, 2016
   Category: Blog Entries.Local
Thirty-two years ago on this day, this beautiful lady and I professed our lifetime commitment to each other. And I hold that promise dear today. I have been blessed beyond words by having Colleen in my life. She’s a loving wife, my best friend, my confidant, and a wonderful mother to our son. Those who know me, might even say she’s a living saint. On top of all that she appreciates good beer and she can shoot too!

Thank you for saying yes, Colleen. I can’t imagine life without you and thank God daily that He saw fit to put you in my life. I love you more than I can ever express.

!!! Happy Anniversary !!!

Radio Interview with Andrew Flusche – Full Time and Attention

Author: From • Sep 14th, 2016
   Category: Blog Entries.Local

Spotsylvania County just passed a new ordinance that prohibits failing “to give full time and attention” while driving. I was interviewed by Washington, DC radio station WMAL about the ordinance. In a nutshell, the new law is too vague. Listen to the WMAL news clip here:

In the next few days, I will be publishing more information about the ordinance and what it means for drivers in Spotsylvania County.

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[VIDEO] Can You be Pulled Over For…

Author: From • Sep 14th, 2016
   Category: Blog Entries.Local

My Facebook friends and fan are always asking questions “Can the police do this?” or “Can I be pulled over for this?” So here are the answers to some of those questions. If you have a questions, hop on over to my Facebook page and ask!

Can You be Pulled Over For License Plate Covers That Try to Beat Cameras?

Can You be Pulled Over For Tossing a Cigarette Butt?

Can You be Pulled Over For Dark Window Tint?

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