Saturday, February 12, 2005

A small silver lining

(Via WorldNet Daily)

It seems that the Christmas Tsunami has uncovered a lost treasure. I guess all clouds do have a silver lining, even if it's a small one.

Illegals don't like the fact we're going to defend our borders

(Via WorldNet Daily)

Mexican officials, criticize U.S. immigration control bill

(I love the punctuation--journalism school graduate, no doubt.)

So we're going to build some walls, deny illegals drivers licenses, and generally crack down on this disgrace to our nation? And the Mexican government and the "immigration rights" crowd is angry, huh?

TS.

Want to lose the war? Here's how.

(Via WorldNet Daily)

Marine's charges set 'terrible precedent'

Second Lieutenant Ilario G. Pantano was charged with premeditated murder in connection with the April 15, 2004, shooting incident of two Iraqis. This is after the incident was investigated and the LT cleared of any wrong-doing.

The platoon lead by Lt. Pantano was clearing houses south of Baghdad when they found a cache of bomb-making materials. Two men tried to flee in a truck. The tires were shot out and the men apprehended. After being ordered to pull the interior of their truck out so the Marines could see if there were explosives or boobytraps inside, then men moved as if to attack. Predictably, they were shot and killed.

There was an investigation, and Lt. Pantano was cleared of wrong-doing. However, Maj. Gen. Richard Huck, commanding general of the 2nd Marine Division, inexplicably convened another investigation, which has lead to the murder charges. I don't know the circumstances, but it smells political to me.

Lt. Pantano's mother has started a website, Defend The Defenders, to publicize her son's problem and raise money for his defense. Check it out and do what you can.

Time to say it again:

"But if we find we have left our bones to bleach in these desert sands for nothing, beware the fury of the legions...." (A Roman Centurion in a letter home from North Africa, 3rd Century)

A nightmare scenario?

(Via Drudge; also reported on FOXNews.)

Feb. 11 (Bloomberg) -- New York City doctors have discovered a man with a previously unseen strain of HIV that is resistant to three of the four types of anti-viral drugs that combat the disease, and progresses from infection to full-blown AIDS in two or three months, the health department said.

Well this could be pleasant. Any social/moral issues aside, AIDS is a nasty thing to deal with. A disease with a 100% mortality rate is not to be trifled with.

Further on, reports are very careful to note that this is a single case, but both also note that the patient has had sex with numerous partners. The cat could already be out of the bag in terms of transmission.

I've often said to people that Mother Nature will eventually correct the overpopulation of humans on this planet--she does with every other species. Also, I've often wondered if something like AIDS could do the "DNA swap thing" with another virus, such as the flu. "Yeah boy, an airborne strain of AIDS would be just what we need."

I wonder if this could be the chosen mechanism to reduce the human population? And given what we've done to our freedoms over 9/11, would you even care to speculate on what we could do to ourselves if this started spreading rapidly throughout the entire population, rather than being primarily a homosexual/drug abuser/promiscuous sex associated issue?

Let's throw in another "what if". What if the progression of the disease, once active, is as fast as the incubation period (months versus years)? Can you imagine what this would do to the medical infrastructure throughout the world?

This is a development that bears watching.

Wednesday, February 09, 2005

And I missed it...

Well damn. Yesterday was my one year "blogoversary". And I missed it!

I'm reminded of The Simpson's 100th episode, where Bart's chalkboard quotation was "I will not celebrate meaningless milestones."

Anyway, Happy Hoohah to me.

Obviously, ETA gets the picture

It would seem that the Basque group ETA has learned the lesson of the Madrid bombings. I wonder how long it will take the Spanish government to learn it?

Toxic money

(Via Drudge)

It would seem that the bad guys have discovered a way to get even, although with who is still an open question:

Contaminated Money

Of course the Legacy Media (formerly known here as the Mainstream Media) is having a hysterical coniption fit, and claiming:

Money that has been contaminated with a virus; it’s a whole new possible direction for bioterrorism. It is a case that the FBI terrorism unit has taken over from state police that involves several cities, including Philadelphia.

Nowhere in the story is there any further evidence that this is connected with any terrorist outfit, it seems to organized crime (the Russian mafia, to be specific) was the operative force. Nor is it a virus, since:

...tests on the cash counter revealed the presence of a toxin derived from the bacteria staphylococcus.

(You know guys, it isn't hard to get your facts correct. And don't you ever reread the story before going public with it? Oops, I forgot--professional journalists. Ahem.)

My suspicion is that the money was going to someone the Russians wanted to "go away". But hey, I just happen to like Occam's Razor, and I know that a short explanation doesn't make for a good news story.

I remember back during the coke-fueled 80s the rumor that there wasn't a $20 bill in the US that didn't have cocaine residue on it. This story kinda makes you wonder where your money's been, doesn't it?

Monday, February 07, 2005

Hero's Salute

I'm not much on football, so I didn't see the Super Bowl last night. Capt. Teach at Pirate's Cove points out that I missed out on a really moving commercial.

Don't you miss out as well. For that matter, check out the rest of the site as well. Then go buy a 6 pack of an Anheuser-Busch product for later enjoyment. Support the people and companies that are supporting our troops.

Sunday, February 06, 2005

Took the kids shooting today

(Oh, please tell me Schumer or Hellary or Barbara the Boxer just keeled over reading that!)

For a change from the last two cold, miserable, icy weekends, it made it up to a sunny 60 degrees today. Being that it's been a while since any of us got to shoot, I packed up the kids, a couple of long guns and a bag o' ammo and went to visit the range.

Until we can do better, we go to Flintlock Valley in the Uwharrie National Forest. It's not a bad place for a public range. It's relatively clean, although not up to the standards of a private range, and they have nice heavy shooting benches if you're so inclined. Worst thing is that being public and unattended, you do have to pay a lot of attention to your fellow shooters, since sometime they are fellow "shooters", if you get my drift.

There are two ranges, one that's 100 yards and one about 50, and both covered. When we arrived, there was a fellow with his trusty AK-47 folding stock Evil Black Rifle (EBR) and a father/grown son team with 2 EBRs. I felt out-gunned, with a Ruger 10-22 for the kids and my latest acquisition, a Marlin Camp 45. At least we brought plenty of ammo.

During the first break, we took targets out to 25, 50 and 100 yards. I let the kids have at the 25 yarder first, and my daughter chewed it up as usual. My son, on the other hand, loves to go "BANG-BANG-BANG" as fast as he can, so I had to read him the riot act and threaten to send him off to the car. Suitably chastened, he settled down and started shooting nearly as well as his sister.

I tried the Marlin out on the 25 yard target and was surprised to be shooting about 4 inches high. I tried it on the 50 yarder, and was shooting even higher. Not too sure what that's all about. I'm going to have to do some research and maybe post on a few places where the truly knowledgeable gun geeks hang out.

While I was shooting off a bag, just to see if it was the gun or the shooter, suddenly I get a failure to go BANG when the trigger is pulled. Tried the standard immediate action drill; same thing.

"Now what?"

Checked further, and figured out the gun isn't' cocking itself. Not having any tools handy, I just packed it up and helped the kids shoot up that 500 rounds of .22 we brought. One thing I found out is that I can hit the targets just fine with that, so I think I have some sort of issue with the Marlin. Since it was bought to be a coyote gun (yes, we have those in North Carolina, much to my dislike), the point-of-aim vs. point-of-impact must be solved.

Back at the Freehold, I put on my amateur gunsmith hat and disassembled the Marlin. At least the problem was easy to find--the recoil buffer had shattered. Not broken, but shattered. I was a bit surprised, since I had changed out the recoil spring from the stock 11# to a 16.5# as so many have suggested. I guess it was just old. And some plastics don't take to all solvents, so it could have just gotten brittle. At least I got to have lots of fun picking all the broken pieces out...

Luckily, I had bought a spare (Have I mentioned I get a lot of good gun advice?), so I replaced it, cleaned it up (dang, but blow-back actions get dirty) and we'll try it again next trip.

After cleaning the Ruger ( I swear, the powder build up from this one trip was unbelievable), I decided to go ahead and swab out and reoil all of the guns in the safe. Given that all of the smithing and cleaning took about 5 hours, I think I'm going to have to set up a schedule for this. It's either that, or get rid of some guns.

Ack--what am I thinking! Let's see, if we do two every weekend, then it will take...

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An oldie but goodie from Clair Wolfe.