Saturday, January 21, 2017

Doing something about heart failure

No, I'm not branching out into medical blogging, but when you've reached my age, you've seen a lot of people in your life who have had issues with various sorts of heart failure, so the subject becomes of interest.

A new device may save a lot of people who run afoul of this particular menace of aging. We do live in an age of ever-increasing miracles.

Friday, January 20, 2017

I hate traffic cameras

Despite all the smoke blown up our whatevers about how traffic cameras "save lives" (show me the double blind studies, please), actual evidence (such as contracts with traffic camera companies) show that traffic cameras are simply a way for municipalities to increase their cash flow without resorting to tax increases. They are also a nice niche for companies with no morals to extort people out of money under the color of law.  In this way, they are much like the old speed traps (or the new license checkpoints, which I don't approve of either).

In Montgomery, Alabama, a law professor received a traffic camera ticket and decided to make a fight of it.  So far, he's winning.

In North Carolina, we killed the damned things by using a state law that requires the proceeds from traffic tickets to go into the local school system coffers.  When the traffic camera companies realized there would be no money in it for them and the municipalities discovered their cut had just disappeared as well, the traffic cameras were gone in no time.

Odd.  If so many lives were saved, you'd think the cities would have funded them themselves, wouldn't you?

Thursday, January 19, 2017

The winning keeps on coming

A three judge panel of the US Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled Chicago's ban on gun ranges unconstitutional.

There has been no word yet on how this will effect the daily business of the city, which in the past several years has become one large open live fire range.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

An unexpected lesson from Mike Rowe

Mike Rowe is at this year's SHOT Show, doing his normal thing. A "fan" found out and went Full Butthurt on social media, attempting to shame him for it. In his usual way, Mike didn't attempt to argue with her, he simply told her a story.

Brilliant. We, as the Gun Culture, might learn something from this episode.

Thursday, January 12, 2017

For all the PMAG haters

While I've never understood it, there are people out there who want to hate on Magpul's PMAGs. I don't get it, I have a metric crap-ton of them in 20 and 30 round versions and I've never had a failure attributable to a magazine, and I like to shoot my ARs. But haters gonna hate.

The US Marines, on the other hand, seem to agree with me. One of their tests involved 20,400 rounds of M855A1...

Wait for it...

Without a stoppage.

Now that seems to bitch slap a couple of things the haters like to hate on, now doesn't it?

Wednesday, January 11, 2017


As a migraine sufferer, pain is a subject near if not dear to my heart. (Sidebar--migraine attacks are far from the most painful headaches. Cluster headaches are far worse. People commit suicide with these things. I count my blessings where I find them.) Ars Technica has an extraordinarily interesting article on pain, how it's measured and recent advances in the treatment of pain.

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

More gun grabbers take off the mask

(Via Gab)

We all know it--the "gun controllers" want all teh gunz. They want illegal guns and legal guns, magazine fed guns and single shot guns, scary guns and not scary guns.

Another group has just came out in public and said so.

Don't get too comfy basking in the warm glow of a presidential election victory.  The fight isn't over and it never will be. Keep your eyes open, your head down and your powder dry. They're still out for us.

Interesting research--Are liberals more likely than conservatives to commit crime?

(Via Gab)

A recent study by researchers at 4 major US universities shows that political ideology may be a predictor of criminal behavior. To those of us who are more than casual observers of the human condition, this isn't news, but it's nice to have some science, however preliminary, to back up our observations.

I remember when Microsoft caught mortal hell for their "avoid ghetto" mapping patent. Perhaps they need to work on a "avoid progressives" one as well.