Friday, July 22, 2005

Last thoughts, then outta here

Time is fast approaching for the weekend exodus to Camp Freeholder. It's been a relatively slow day at work, so I've been amusing myself with some surfing.

The nomination of Judge John Roberts to the Supreme Court is getting a lot of press and a lot of blogage. As I noted here, on a quick look, the guy doesn't look bad.

It seems though, when you take a longer look, he may not be quite so attractive. Or maybe he is, but he's being pilloried for saying what he had to say to get his current position on 2003. But maybe he actually meant those things. But if he didn't, then he's just another politician.

The problem is that we don't know, and may not know until it's too late and he's already sitting on the SCOTUS bench. I hope the Republican Senators take their duty to "advise and consent" as seriously as some of the Democratic Senators claim to take it. The stakes are high.

Time to get worried

I'm starting to get worried about the nomination of Judge John Roberts for the Supreme Court. Not only is Ann Coulter concerned about him, but Sen. Robert Byrd (D-KKK) is thanking President Bush for this appointment! (Link from Drudge.)

"I thank President Bush for reaching out to senators on both sides of the aisle as he worked to select a nominee for the court," Mr. Byrd said. "I hope that this bipartisan cooperation will continue as the confirmation process begins."

Given the level of invective that Byrd has leveled at the President in the past, this is an astounding change in tone. Such things raise red flags, as far as I'm concerned.

Coulter's point, that this guy has gone his entire life, including years in the DC area, without being controversial, is something worth considering as well. It's also coming out that he is disassociating himself with certain positions he has argued for in the past, such as the briefs he wrote while Deputy Solicitor General. This means that we can't necessarily trust anything he's written--perhaps not even decisions he's rendered.

I'm getting the beginnings of a suspicion--we're getting sold down the river again.

Another brick in the wall

The House of Representative has voted to make the f'ing "Patriot Act" permanent. I suppose us proles should be grateful, because they threw us a bone on the library clasue and the roving wiretaps--those are only renewed for 10 years. I view this as yet another clear indicator that little time remains for the Republic.

The Senate hasn't voted yet, but their version of the reauthorization bill is nearly as bad. The only bit of light is that thier version only renews the library and roving wiretap clauses for 4 years. Thank you so very much.

All hail the American Empire.

Read these

(Via Bloodletting and The Gun Line)

This first, this second and this third.

If at some point you don't get tears in your eyes, then you're lacking something important.

New blog search engine

CNET News reports that Mark Cuban is relaunching is IceRocket search engine as a blog search engine. It'll also be renamed BlogScour, I guess in honor of it's new purpose.

I've tried it at the blogscour.com address, and the service is up and running. It doesn't find amything that I've posted here, though. *sigh*

Thursday, July 21, 2005

4 more bombs in London

FOXNews is reporting 4 more bombs in London. Early reports don't have much news, but it looks like a bus and 3 tube (we call them subway) stations have been hit.

While I'm concerned for the victims, I have to wonder just how long Great Britain, the US and other countries are going to put up with the Islamo-nutballs on their own soil? When will it be time to start rounding up the ones who are calling for jihad and sending them to jail--or back where they came from?

Wednesday, July 20, 2005

Gen. William Westmoreland

This is another of those things I haven't had a comment on because I just couldn't figure out how to say what was in my head. Often vilified, Gen. Westmoreland deserved better than he got.

One of Jerry Pournelle's readers has handled it with elegance:

His late career is a textbook example of an honorable man placed into an impossible situation with inadequate support from ambivalent superiors.

When I was younger and knew less I hated him for what was happening in Vietnam. Now I would respect him, and reserve more of my anger for people like Robert McNamara.


That says it exactly, except he forgot to *spit* after mentioning McNamara *spit*.

A very good obituary can be found here.

(Edited to remove an incorrect reference. I should know to check my facts....)

Meanwhile, back at the range

(Sorry I've been so long with this, but it's being a busy week.)

As both of my readers know, few weekend trips to Camp Freehold are complete without a trip to the range. This weekend was no exception.

Daughter was unable to attend, as she had an impromptu trip to the doctor with a nicely infected toe. That'll teach her to A) watch out for spiders and B) tell your parents when you have a problem. Our group included Son, Old Friend's Older Brother and his Lady Friend. Outside of his Ugly Gun collection (Hi Points in 3 calibers), we had his Walther P22, his Marlin Glenfield 60, my Remington 512 Sportsmaster and my SAR-8 (HK-91 clone).

Son has taken to the Remington, which is understandable, since it's such a great gun. .22 caliber with that long barrel, it's amazingly accurate with iron sights and cheap ammo. He's working on 100 yards using a bag on a bench. He's keeping everything on paper, the majority within the rings and most of that in the 8 ring or better. I know it's not terrific shooting, but it's pretty good for a young kid.

I, on the other hand, took only a few shots with it, preferring to work on my wayward HK clone. I've been fighting failure to eject (FTE) problems for some time, and wanted to experiment. This time, I took multiple magazines and some Portuguese surplus 7.62 rather than the South African I've been using. The results were interesting.

First, I loaded a 20 round mag and shot that at a moderately slow pace. No problems in terms of FTE, and it grouped well. About 18" low and 12" right, but a nice group.

I adjusted windage and loaded 10 rounds. No problems with FTEs, windage was getting there. Shot 5 more rounds and got the windage where I wanted it. Still not FTEs.

Well, at this point we're done adjusting the sights. I need an HK sight tool to work on elevation, and I don't have one. (Got to do something about that. I've tried the hemostat trick and it doesn't seem to work for me.) Let's change magazines and see what happens.

I load 5 rounds in another mag and start shooting. Round 1, good, Round 2...there is no Round 2. We've had an FTE and a nasty jam to follow it up. Cleared the jam and restarted. Rounds 3, 4 and 5 are OK. Maybe it was a fluke.

I loaded 5 more round in the same magazine. Round 1 is fine, Round 2 FTEs. Repeated the clearing drill and fired 3, 4 and 5 with no problems.

This is too weird. If the magazine's bad, shouldn't it be bad all the time? Switched back to the other mag, loaded 10 rounds and fired. No problems.

At this point, I'm leaning toward magazine issues. Except for the one that came new with the gun, they're all used. I've marked each mag, and I'm going back this weekend with more/different mags and both kinds of ammo. I will get this sorted out. With luck, I may even get the sights adjusted, assuming I can find one of those tools and get it in here in time.

Would you buy a used car from this man?

On a recent Sunday morning when Lew Tucker's Dell desktop computer was overrun by spyware and adware--stealth software that delivers intrusive advertising messages and even gathers data from the user's machine--he did not simply get rid of the offending programs. He threw out the whole computer.

Tucker, an Internet industry executive who holds a doctoral degree in computer science, decided that rather than take the time to remove the offending software, he would spend $400 on a new machine.

Now, without belittling the plagues of spyware, viruses, worms and other assorted nasties that infect Windows-based computers, you're going to tell me that an "Internet industry executive" (he's the president of Salesforce.com) with a doctorate in comp sci can't manage this task? Cripes, I manage that for an entire network and all my computers at home! It isn't that difficult. At home, it doesn't even cost me a cent and takes a few minutes a month to update definition files. (And of course, losing Internet Explorer helps.)

If anyone wants the magic incantations, comment here and I'll write a brief tutorial and post it.

I just wonder if I'm the only one who would not be quite so comfortable using his company's services after reading this?

They've beamed up Mr. Scott

All the icons of my childhood are leaving.

James Doohan, who is best known for his role as Mr. Scott in Star Trek (the series and the movies) has died at 85. He was fighting Alzheimer's and pneumonia, and died at home in the company of family.

Godspeed, Mr. Scott. You will live on in the memories of the millions of us who grew up watching you on Friday nights.

SCOTUS blogging

I'm going to post on the Supreme Court vacancy/nomination since something worthy of note has finally happened. President Bush has nominated John G. Roberts, currently sitting on the US Court of Appeals (DC circuit) to replace retiring Justice Sandra Day O'Conner.

I've done a quickie Google of the guy, and based on that, he looks like a good choice. He seems to understand the limits of the US Constitution, he doesn't subscribe to the "living document" nonsense the left spouts, and doesn't seem to demonstrate any of the "dark and creepy" tendencies many conservatives exhibit.

His record on the Second Amendment is pretty much either not there or well hidden. I'd feel more comfy if theree was some record of his thoughts on it, but based on what I've read, I think he'll agree with the Framer's intent on that subject.

Of course, the Loopy Left/Feminist Harpies/Perpetually Indignant are looply harping on the indignity of having this guy thrust upon them as a nominee to the Supreme Court. This is predictable--I suspect if Bush had nominated Jesse Jackson (how's that for being the stuff nightmares are made of) they would be in just as big an uproar. The problem for them is not so much who is nominated but who is doing the nominating. They simply can not figure out how to exist in a world that doesn't agree with their prejudices.

At any rate, it's on now. I hope Judge Roberts has an exceptionally thick skin, a supportive family (the Feminist Harpies are already upset that his wife is *gasp* pro-life) and a lot of friends, because he's going to need them.

Tuesday, July 19, 2005

PETA *spit*

I work in a place where many of my fellow employees want to save the world. (Hey, I got to make a living--I have ammo to buy!) More than a few of them have decided that PETA *spit* is a wonderful organization--so committed to saving animals. We, as an organization, should all support them.

Really? Not f'ing likely on my part.

Monday, July 18, 2005

Well just add me to your list

(Via Kim du Toit and Rivrdog)

I'm not believing this crap--the AnarchAngel has had a Fatwah put out for him!

Time for a Public Service Announcement: You're picking on the wrong guy with the wrong friends. We may be a bunch of out-of-shape old farts with big mouths, but I sincerely doubt that there's a single one of the gunblogger community that can't put a hole in you at 300 yards--on a bad day. We're spread out all over the freakin' country, so while you might get one or two of us, the rest will have plenty of warning of your approach.

I've made sure that Mrs. Freeholder still has that container of bacon grease in the refrigerator. You'll enter Hell sliding if you decide to come to North Carolina.

Remember, we aren't the US military. We're not bound by some "rules of war" business. We hate you as much as you hate us, and we'll be out to make sure that you suffer as much as possible, as long as possible. Burning for eternity sounds about right.

Sunday, July 17, 2005

Carnival of Cordite, #22

El Capitan of Baboon Pirates is hosting the Carnival of Cordite #22. Yours truly has an entry this time around, but check it all out.