Saturday, March 04, 2006

Well now

This is sort of scarey and creepifying:

Army Regulation 210-25: Civilian Inmate Labor Program

Now before we all hike off down Conspiracy Theory Lane, we should note that this seems to be a policy to allow the use of Federal prison inmates to perform certain sorts of menial labor tasks for the US Army on a no-cost basis. This is nothing new; many Federal agencies do the same thing, and I know that here in North Carolina, a similar plan exists that uses state inmates to do things like lawn mowing and trash pickup.

Where I get worried is when you add this to the "temporary detention centers" I blogged about in this entry.

Maybe I'm just seeing things under the bed, but the more I find out about my government, the less comfortable I am with it.

You're going to need tools

(Via Timebomb 2000)

In any long-term survival scenario, you're going to need tools. Making the assumption that electricity may not be available for any number of reasons, you're going to need old-fashioned non-electrical hand tools. In this spirit, Rogue Turtle has an excellent article on Bug Out Tools.

Pack up everything outlined, and you'll be well-equipped to handle anything around the retreat, from actually building the retreat to building the furniture to go in it.

An interesting housing idea

(Via the Survivalretreat Yahoo group)

I suspect the House-In-A-Box concept wasn't developed with survival in mind, but it's still an excellent idea for the survivalist. Based on a standard 20' cargo container, the House-In-A-Box has 2 bedrooms, dining/living space, kitchen and a bathroom, and is prewired and preplumbed. At 900 sq. ft., it's about the size of some of the apartments I've lived in. The inventor claims it can be set up in a week.

I'm not sure if this is actually available on the open market, but the concept should lend itself to implementation by anyone. Buy a shipping container of whatever dimensions you prefer, prebuild the structure in the backyard, then disassemble and haul it to your retreat location. The hardest part will be the wall panels, but a few minutes of thought have given me two options of how to build them, and I suspect that those of you reading can come up with other methods that are better than mine.

One or two tweaks, such as placing a small wood stove in the structure, and you have a survival retreat disguised as a vacation home. Nifty.

Wednesday, March 01, 2006

OK...

(Via Heartless Libertarian)

I wouldn't have expected this--I would have figured Farnham's Freehold.

Starship Troopers
You belong in Starship Troopers. Your idea of a

good time is bouncing across an alien

battlefield blasting the foes of humanity

into extinction.


Which Heinlein Book Should You Have Been A Character In?
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Evil Black Rifles

I love Evil Black Rifles. I really do. They make GFWs nervous (if you're lucky, they make them void their bladders). EgregiousCharles, writing on Geek With A .45's blog, has an interesting take on my personal favorite, the HK-91 and it's clones.

I like the HK. Tough, reliable and simple, it packs a considerable wallop with it's 7.62x51 round. Ammo is still fairly cheap, and as Charles notes, magazine are available for basically dirt cheap.

And when you can get a JLD PTR-91 for $595 (see the article for details), well, I can buy two, a hundred magazines and a thousand rounds of ammo for what an M1A will set me back. That's a lot to love, in my book.

No, not us...

According to the ATF, they have done no wrong:

ATF Sees 'No Evidence of Misconduct' in Gun Show Stings

Michael Bouchard, assistant director of field operations for the bureau, told members of Congress Tuesday that his agents broke no laws and violated no one's civil rights.

ATF defends Richmond gun show busts

"However, we, along with our law enforcement partners, feel very strongly that our efforts at Richmond gun shows have reduced violent crime and made the streets of Virginia and America safer," he (Brouchard) said.

It must have been some other bunch of jack-booted thugs claiming to be that ATF, trying to give that helpful federal agancy a publicity black eye. Yeah, that's the ticket.

A quote

(Via The Patriot Post)

The attitude of people associating guns with nothing but crime, that is what has to be changed. I grew up at a time when people were not afraid of people with firearms.

Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia

Tuesday, February 28, 2006

Ya think?

Illegal immigrants' children costing N.C. more

The cost of educating children of illegal immigrants in North Carolina is more than 20 times what it was 10 years ago, and some argue the money would be better spent on other students. A study by the Kenan Institute of Private Enterprise at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill showed educating illegal immigrants' children costs the state an estimated $210 million a year. Ten years before, the figure was less than $10 million.

You'll pardon me while I go check if the sky is blue, water is wet and hitting my thumb with a hammer hurts.

Monday, February 27, 2006

Sadly lacking

I've had times when I didn't have anything I felt like blogging about, now I don't have the time to blog a number of interesting and useful things I've ran across. Stay tuned; with a bit of luck things are going to be settling down and I can get back to abnormal.

Carnival of Cordite #49

The 49th Carnival of Cordite is over at Resistance is futile!. (You of course recognize that next week is the 50th Carnival. Do you suppose it will have a mid-life crisis?)

Don't mis the writeup of the Sig 556 and the new Hornady LEVERevolution ammo for lever guns.