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by Brady Wright

If it seems as though the year has flown past more quickly than usual, you are not alone. As I write this month’s edition, I cannot believe that the New Year is here. In addition to some great acquisitions to add to the home battery and some travels that will not soon be forgotten, 2011 saw a whole host of new friends and affiliates added to the Network ranks! It’s always good to meet and talk with folks like our supporters, members and affiliates and some of the ones who have joined us in the past month are in very good company.

You’ll remember Alex Haddox from previous columns. His podcast is continuing at Palladium on line, bringing information and news on the entire issue of enlightened self defense and over the last month, he has had Marty Hayes as a guest on two occasions. Click the link to enjoy listening to Practical Defense podcasts. The episodes done with Marty are archived on his website. Alex’ big news this month, though, is that his new book, Practical Home Security, is out now! He was kind enough to send a copy to me to review and that review is posted on the Network forum in the General Discussion area as well as below in this journal. Minor spoiler: It’s great! If you drop by Alex’s website, be sure to leave him a note or post.

Another very interesting podcast that you may want to check out is the ProArms Podcast, at http://proarmspodcast.com/ . These folks are members of the Gun Rights Radio Network and have truly covered nearly EVERY media venue to get the word out. In addition to the podcast, they are on Twitter, Zune, Facebook, Rangelog and iTunes! They are solid supporters of the Network and you will find a huge archive of topics that cover all aspects of the gun rights and personal security.
I recently had the pleasure of learning about one of our affiliates, Dr. Jock Peterson, who teaches CCW classes in Visalia, California. He ran short and gave out even his personal copy of our booklet, just so one of his students could have the information!

He wrote, “They are so good to give my CCW classes. It is what I have been teaching, but you do it so much better. I gave my last one out last night and now I don’t even have one for myself.” Doctor, those are some kind words, and we’ll take care of you!

It was also a pleasure to hear about Donald and Catherine Roberts, our new affiliates in Tulsa. They teach all manner of classes and you can reach them at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

We heard from Fred Yulga, who informed us, “Wisconsin Carry, Inc. has just started offering free training for Wisconsin’s new Concealed Carry License. We hope that our training allows many more Wisconsinites to secure and enjoy our right to protect ourselves.” Fred read our booklet and would like to share it with his students. If you are looking for CCW classes in Marathon, Wisconsin, email Fred at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Vito M. Spagnola is going to be giving presentations starting on Jan. 21 at Gander Mountain in Middletown NY. He has quite a background and credentials, including NRA Home Firearm Safety, Basic Pistol, Personal Protection In The Home, Personal Protection Outside The Home and Refuse To Be A Victim. 2011 Florida State Taekwondo Champion in Forms, Sparring and Weapons, he’s a Taekwondo student/competitor/instructor offering classes in Taekwondo, mixed martial arts, self defense, and bully prevention for children. His is quite the resume! Vito is in Wurtsboro, New York and you can email him for more information on his Gander Mountain presentations at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

A note to our affiliates: We’ve been busy re-stocking the supply of Network booklets for many affiliates so this is a good opportunity to remind you that the packages of booklets and brochures we ship out to you come at no cost. One of the ways we can do that is to use Media Mail, because it saves money, but that means that if you are running short, make sure to let us know earlier, rather than later. It takes awhile to get an order to you, and we want to make sure you don’t run out! If you need booklets, you can call me directly at 360-623-0626 or email me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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