Thursday, December 31, 2009

That's going to leave a mark

(Via Say Uncle)

A security guard attempts to snatch the gun of someone open-carrying in Georgia. Hilarity ensues.

Interesting that I didn't notice anything in the thread on the Georgia Packing board about "open vs concealed carry", but it showed up at Uncle's place in the comments right off the bat.

Because it's easier, you know, than stopping terrorists

The Department of Homeland Stupidity Security is peeved that someone almost immediately leaked a memo about increased air travel security theater after the Underwear Bomber was thwarted in Detroit.

In pursuit of the culprit, they're threatening bloggers.

And a question to the lawyers out there--Since when did some bureaucratic dick at Too Stupid for Arby's (I don't give a crap if said dick is the head honcho) get the right to subpoena anything? I thought that was for Congress and the courts.

Given the nature of this post, do ya'll think I need to put out a welcome mat for any possible guests?

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Here's a pair

From round and about the Intertubz, we have the following:

Kentucky sheriff's department conveniently burglarized after failing to respond to an open records request relating to the disposition of seized firearms. You don't supposed these guys helped out in New Orleans during the Katrina problems, do you?

Everyone's favorite anti-freedom mayor, Michael "Guns for me but not for thee" Bloomberg has his grand design for a firearms-free America outed via record released by the White House.

You didn't think these asshats had went away, did you?

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Good news, bad news

Bad News: Couple follows GPS directions, gets lost.
Worse News: In the snow on a Forest Service road.
Worst News: They get stuck in 6" of snow in a 4WD. (So how crappy are your driving skills?)

Good News: They are prepared with blankets, warm clothes, food and water.
Better News: They were smart enough to stay with the vehicle.
Best News: Somehow, they get cell phone service and are rescued.

The Good News wins. Lessons learned: Prepare properly for winter travel, know your limitations and for Pete's sake, apply a little sanity checking to the damn GPS instructions.

(Edit, 12/30/2009 2032: A new article says that A) It isn't the Air Force's fault (What numbnuts thinks it is?) and that our intrepid autoists got stuck in 18" of snow; so I'll cut them some slack on the driving skills thing.)

Monday, December 28, 2009

Nothing on TV to watch?

Well let me clue you in on something that you don't need the idiot box to watch--Urban Danger. It's an online movie about several families that have bailed out of the city and went back to the country. These people see what's going on, and they've decided to put themselves in as optimal a situation as possible to survive it.

I will warn you that there is quite a bit of overt religion to it. If you don't care for that sort of thing, it's going to be difficult to put it off to the side to get to the meat of the movie. But I'd suggest making the effort, because there is some important stuff in there.

More evidence

As if we needed any, here's some more evidence that points out that criminals don't obey the law, whether it's about guns or not. Be sure to note the dateline.

SAN FRANCISCO — Police say a man and two girls have been shot and injured at a landmark waterfront restaurant near San Francisco's ferry building.

People, take charge of your own safety. Get a concealed carry permit, get trained and carry. Unless you live in the People's Republic of of San Francisco, where this offer is not available to the law-abiding citizens.

Friday, December 25, 2009

Merry Christmas!

Here's wishing you and yours a Merry Christmas. On this day, be of good cheer and generous spirit. Let out the person that you always wanted to be.

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Have a little hope

It's always good to remember that all is not gloom and doom. Case in point:

Today was my last day of work until after New Years. It's an annual thing; left over from when I was in college and reinforced from working at a university. It's usually hectic, as I try to be sure that every possible thing that could cause a problem to drag me back to work has been checked. I'll normally be in something less that a Christmas-y mood at the end of it.

So on the way home, the cell phone rings. "We need milk." Check.

In a few minutes, it rings again. "We need mozzarella cheese." Check.

Along the way of my other errands I was running is a small IGA grocery store. I stop there frequently, especially when I need just a few things. It's locally-owned, the money stays here and while always busy, it never seems to take long to get in and out.

On the way in, a 25-ish young woman is just behind me, yakking on her cell phone. This never fails to annoy me, as I couldn't care less about whatever it is that is so incredibly important that you have to talk about it in the middle of the grocery store. That Christmas-y mood recedes further.

I get my milk and my cheese and head to the checkouts. The 25-ish young woman is there, just ahead of me. She has a bag of Ore-Ida frozen hash browns and a pound of Neese's Sausage. The young lady, probably of high school age, running the register scans her items and as Ms. 25-ish swipes a card in the card reader, asks "Credit or debit?"

"EBT."

This is guaranteed to get my interest. You see, I grew up on the poor side of town, a lower-class kid with a blue-collar dad and a stay-at-home mom. I never thought we were poor--heck, I knew poor people. Our house had a real furnace, not a wood stove that we had to scavenge wood scraps from the furniture factories to feed. We weren't poor.

Our neighborhood also had the distinction of being near a "black neighborhood", as my parents, who weren't from the South and would never use "The 'N' Word", called it. The neighborhood grocery store served both poor blacks and poor whites. Then, as now, money was always green. Business sees that color first and all others second.

We got to see the reality of the "welfare Cadillac". Yes, they were real. A big Caddy, the Sedan de Ville being the preferred variant. Usually driven by a woman with several kids in tow, who paid for her groceries with food stamps before driving back to her apartment in a local housing project. You see, we had to drive by that project to get home, so we followed them occasionally. It never failed to get my parents ire.

So, anyway, I scope Ms. 25-ish out. A nail job that, described to my daughter, is deemed to cost at least $75. Big-name logo sweat shirt. Expensive handbag. Several visible body piercings besides the multiples in the ears. The afore-mentioned cell phone, which she had still had in hand as she swiped the card.

"EBT."

The you man, also of high-school age, silently bagged her purchases and handed them to her. Neither wished here a Merry Christmas or requested that she "Have a nice day."

I was the last customer in the line. As she began scanning my items, she started talking, angrily, to the young man. "Did you see that? Name brands! She's on welfare and she's buying name brands of everything!"

When she saw my card, she looked at me. I could see it going through her mind.

"Credit, ma'am."

She smiled, printed the copy for me to sign and slipped it toward me. As I signed it, I just smiled at her and said "Our tax dollars at work."

The young man replied that he worked, why couldn't she? Why should he work so she could spend his money on name brands and body piercings?

Why indeed.

I told him the story of growing up and seeing welfare Cadillacs. He looked at me as if I told him that he had grown another head. I explained it to him.

"But they shouldn't do that!"

No, they shouldn't.

I told them both that if they thought it was bad now, it would get worse over the next few years. I've seen first-hand the results of a increasingly large welfare class, and I'm smart enough to see that that group is once again expanding, grasping hands reaching out for what the producers create.

They both looked at me. I guess that's what "dumbfounded" looks like.

"But it'll get better eventually. Remember this, and remember who you are and how you've gotten ahead of her already. She'll never catch up with you. You'll leave her behind."

The young man had bagged my purchases and slid the bag toward me. Almost in unison, the two young people, the same age as my oldest, said "Merry Christmas!"

I wished them a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year and headed out into the cold darkness. But in my heart, the crappy day had lifted. Two young people's anger at injustice had cleared it all away.

Merry Christmas, indeed. I'd just gotten a gift beyond price--that of rekindled hope.

The young--some of them, at any rate--are starting to understand. They have just turned 18, or will soon, and become voters. They'll remember a cold December night and "EBT".

Statists from the left and statists from the right, you'd better start worrying. These kids are smarter than you think, and they're going to figure out soon who has done this to them. They're going to join us "old folks" and send you home.

Perhaps then you can get some honest work, like running a register or bagging groceries. Because the way you've spent us all into the hole, there will be no EBT for you.

le déluge

(Via the Drudge Report)

It would seem that Nebraska Senator Ben Nelson is having some issues with the phone system in his office.

Well ain't that just too bad.

Perhaps this time it will be different

As the US Senate prepares to drop a lump of coal in our Christmas stocking, Democrat senators are being forced to defend their actions. With only 36% of those polled "mostly supporting" the current bill, it seems that support is becoming lukewarm at best. Give this thing a few more weeks until a conference committee hammers out the details, and the proverbial red-haired stepchild will be getting more love.

Against this background, one of our North Carolina senators, Kay Hagen (Invisible-NC) has resurfaced to defend her support of the Senate version of the proposal as well as the process for getting it to this point.

"I'd say that (Senate Majority Leader) Harry Reid knows how to get 60 votes, and that was very important to our country in order to move forward with that legislation," sayeth She Who Forgets Who She Works For, correctly.

For indeed, Senator Reid does know how to get those votes--bribery and coercion at a level some say is unconstitutional rather than the merely unethical of politics as usual.

The comments to the Charlotte News and Observer article, already running to 5 pages for an article just up, are entertaining and interesting. I haven't read them all, but I haven't seen a "Good job, Kay!" in those I have. They more along the lines of those of "Pack1977"
Hagan could not stay out of the spotlight and public when running; now no where to be found, located NOR CONTACTED. NO PROBLEM HAGAN. @ re-election, OUR MINDS would be sh shallow and forgotten. I'm told the Hagan's can be found at Greensboro CC for anyone wanting 'a face contact' with her. You can run, hide, not communicate Hagan, the NC voters know your vote is what's best FOR YOU, NOT US. $$$ from outside this state elected you, along with Obama's coattail. That coattail will be cut next election. If anyone knows of a sighting or a place Hagan will be in person, please share with others, so we can 'connnect' with our esteemed senator. Public financing of abortion..right, Hagan, you have NC values!!! Your time is ticking......
While you could wish for a bit more eloquence, the sentiment is unmistakable. The voters are pissed. Very pissed, and it's possible that the political tactic of "Oh, they'll forget about it by the next election," may not work this time.

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Unsurprising

(Via the Drudge Report)

Senate Democrats aren't even ashamed of being whores and pimps
.

To those of you who live in states other than Nebraska and Louisiana, allow me to point out something: the tax money that is taken from you at the point of a gun is going to these states to buy the votes of two US Senators. In the case of Nebraska, it's going to be going there forever.

For those of you who voted for Democrats for senator in states other than Nebraska and Louisiana--Democrat Senators who are going along with this bit of legalized prostitution--how do you feel? Are you proud of your elected representatives for "fixing health care"? Are you pissed that your senator didn't hold out long enough to bring you some goodies? Or are you starting to have some buyer's regret?

For those of you who opposed this, you may have a chance over Christmas to do something about it. These jerks will be coming home to celebrate their victory the holidays. I doubt they're so stupid as to hold any sort of constituent meetings, but they will be out and about--they're politicians, they won't be able to help themselves. I'd feel free to give them a piece of my mind if I happened to run into them.

Myself, I'm going to be looking for freshman Senator Kay Hagen (Dumbass-NC). My message is going to be simple: I know of 4 votes from people who vote in every election that you will never get. I know 4 voters who will be talking to their friends about how you sold them out. I know at least 2 voters who are going to actively work against your reelection at every turn--one of them a new voter who has never been politically active before. Our intent is to bring you home, permanently.

My friends, what is your intent?

(Edit, 1919: According to Hot Air, the little black book of names is getting longer and longer. I guess people are reading the bill.)

Monday, December 21, 2009

This may come in handy

How To Wipe Your Hard Drive

While you should always wipe the drive/memory of any device your disposing of, you may find yourself in a position where you want to make absolutely sure that the data can't be recovered. This will help you make that happen.

Saturday, December 19, 2009

A Congress of whores

Because there is no other way to explain the health care "reform" bill, soon to be stuffed down our throats--or up our asses, depending on how you look at it.

And if you believe that this will bring health care to the masses, reduce the Federal deficit or do anything else besides muck up our health care delivery system (even more so than it is now), then I'd like to introduce you to my friends, Santa Claus and the Easter Bunny. The Tooth Fairy will be stopping by later.

Friday, December 18, 2009

Well, that's nice

It seems that Haloscan, who I've used for commenting on the blog since, oh...like dirt, has sold itself to new owners. No problem with that. It happens.

What I do have a problem with is that the new owners, in their quest to monitize their purchase, has given all us Haloscan users 2 weeks to convert to a new system called Echo that seems to have some issues (read the comments to that link above) or die. I would have paid the $10 a year if the stuff actually worked. Given the number of complaints with the Echo service that I was able to Google up, I decided I'd rather donate the ten spot to a local charity, and chose to export my comments and physically extract Haloscan from the blog (It's easy, instructions are here.)

Unfortunately, I can't import those 774 comments into Blogger. Lovely. This pisses me off, but not enough to leave Blogger, since it would break all the linkies to me, thus making me effectively fall off the face of the blogosphere.

grumble, grumble, grumble

Thursday, December 17, 2009

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas

The only White Christmas I ever saw was when I was around 5. There are pictures in a family album to prove it actually happened. While this may not stick around until Christmas, it's the closest thing we've had in 45 years.

Snow, dammit!

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Working out rimfire magazine riddles

(Via Ride Fast)

Mr. Completely has two of a n-part series on fixing .22 rimfire magazine problems up (Part 1 and Part 2). Right now, he's working on Smith & Wesson 22A magazines. Good info in there.

Woo-hoo!

It's coming in March! If you're an older geek like me, this is your history. I played this on CP/M systems and on DEC VAXen, and as far as I'm concerned, it stands up better than most of the games out now. Get a copy of the documentary to bore your kids with.

Get Lamp

Well--go get it.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Socialized medicine

(Via Chaos Manor)

In the nascent People's Republic of Great Britain, one of the darlings of our unAmerican health care "reformers" is falling on hard times. I don't think I'd want to get sick in the once-Great Britain any time soon.

Linkage

I felt crappy when I got home after work yesterday. I felt crappy when I went to bed and crappy when I woke up at 4 AM. I felt crappy when I woke up at 6 AM and again at 8 AM. I feel crappy now.

It would seem I've picked up some crappy bug. Just in time for Christmas!

So instead of an actual post, which would require thought process I'm not currently capable of, I'm going to put up a few links I've accumulated from here and there over the last few days. I'll try to give credit where it's due, but I may miss one or two.

Let's say you get caught in a bad winter storm, and the electricity goes out, and stays out for a few days. If you're like me and have wood-fired auxiliary heat and a copious stack of firewood, it's an inconvenience. If you're like too many folks, it's going to be getting damn cold in a few hours. This little handout might be the difference between being chilly and being frozen. You might want to print out a few dozen for the neighbors.

Speaking of wood burning heat, if you have it, you've got to cut wood. You'll need a fair bit of hardware, but you need some software as well--as in protective chaps. Labonville has them at a good price.

On Survivalblog there have been some interesting articles of late. One in particular mentioned the old Audels series of "how to do it" books. If you can stand the left-leaning twits at eBay, they're available cheap. I'm told you want to stick to the older ones from the 30s - 60s.

Military manuals can be highly useful. Steve's Pages has quite a few military manuals that are difficult to find elsewhere (as in, since the military decided to lock them down on their sites). Also from Survivalblog

Got an older Ruger Mini-14 or Mini-30? They aren't a bad gun, provided you can find decent magazines. And that you can put up the the vertical stringing as you shoot. Gunblast has an article on the Har-Bar for these guns that is said to minimize the problem. Now maybe that Mini-30 in the safe can assume the role of trunk gun--after all, that's why I bought it.

From an email reflector that must stay nameless...if things go casters up and you find yourself living in close quarters, having taken in relatives, friends or neighbors, sanitation is going to be a big issue. The "Guidelines for the Use of Chlorine Bleach as a Sanitizer in Food Processing Operations" may come in handy in that event. (So will a 5 gallon bucket, and old toilet seat and a big supply of kitchen trash bags.)

From that same reflector, if you can stand a website that looked good in 1996 (you know, kind of like this blog), Better Times has a bunch of things you ought to know in bad times.

Lastly, something to think about during the dreary winter months is spring and gardening. Good exercise, good food and some measure of independence are all Good Things. Square Foot Gardening is an easy way to approach it. I have the book and I'm scouting around the yard for a few spots to try it out on next spring.

Happy Bill of Rights Day!

And just in case you need a refresher, look here. If you are a statist, you may want to take an antacid before looking.

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Friday, December 11, 2009

Celebrating a meaningless milestone

For the first time in the history of this blog, I have had over 100 visitors per day for 7 days in a row.

Well just "Yay me!" :-)

A mother avenged

(Via one of my Intertubz Spies)

The Navy SEALs accused of giving a terrorist a fat lip get some love
.

Now if the Navy brass would just get a clue.

Hm-m-m

What do you call a DWI checkpoint that nets 63 charges, but only 3 of them are DWI? I like the concept of getting the drunks off the road, but this seems to be stretching a bit too far into "fishing expedition" verging on revenue enhancement.

Feel free to discuss in the comments.

(Edit 12/12/2009, 1822: Another checkpoint, 45 citations, 14 for DWI. At least their precentage is getting better.)

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Glory be!

(Via Of Arms and the Law)

A front-desk staffer told authorities that she'd received a complaint from a hotel guest who said the door to that room had been propped open on the night of Nov. 30 and that she noticed several "young men" entering and exiting. The guest also complained of hearing "sex noises" coming from the room, the arrest report said.

What makes this fun is that the guy is an "director of industry operations" at the ATF Houston office.

OK, so he's a "liberal studies major"

Which means he'll soon be asking me if I want fries with that. You still have to admire the kid's intestinal fortitude. Living in a van--not even a camper style van with some creature comforts--to get through school with no debt? Once he gets his head screwed on straight, he may have a future.

Wednesday, December 09, 2009

I don't want to say this...

But if this story is half accurate, bring the troops home right now, because we're going to lose too many of them in the name of political correctness. Yeah, I understand about not pissing off the locals. I understand that General McChrystal has a plan, and that the plan may well work in the long term. But that plan is being driven in the main by politics--collateral damage is bad press, and bad press ticks off the Community Organizer in Chief. While we wait to see if the plan works or not, our guys are paying the price in blood.

No more Vietnams. The military goes in, kicks ass and takes names. That's their job, and they're damn good at it. You want to build a country, send some community organizers.

Tuesday, December 08, 2009

Heh

Col. Barfoot gets to keep his flag.

Don't mess with the old guys.

Happiness...

Is a nicely organized gun safe (click for bigness).

For those who are curious, the guns are held in the vertical position by these. I have no connection with the company other than being a well satisfied customer. I just wish they made those neat gun hangers for .22s.

Monday, December 07, 2009

Of course, if our side did this to them...

We'd be haters and under investigation by no less than 6 Congressional committees.

Chamber of Commerce CEO Tom Donohue is a wanted man -- at least according to the liberal activist group that's put a de facto bounty on his head.

A network of liberal groups known as Velvet Revolution started an ad campaign offering $200,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the man whose trade organization has become a thorn in the side of the Obama administration and congressional Democrats.

I'm beginning to think there is only one endpoint for our current predicament.

Graphical unemployment

(Via the Confederate Sharpshooter)

The progression of the depression from an unemployment point of view. Note how the areas least effected are the ones that are termed "fly over" country by the coastal elites. Also note how those places are mostly agricultural (exception for the great western desert noted). They may be out of work, but it strikes me that they won't starve (assuming a willingness to work).

Let me know how raising food in the middle of your asphalt jungles works out for you, Change-oids.

Sleep through history class, Harry?

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid took his GOP-blasting rhetoric to a new level Monday, comparing Republicans who oppose health care reform to lawmakers who clung to the institution of slavery more than a century ago.

Odd--it seems that I remember Lincoln being a...Republican, wasn't it?

It's the last chance to save the planet

So we'd better party like it!

Most delegates to the climate change conference haven't exactly been hoofing their way to Denmark's capital, swarming the city's airport with 140 private jets, 1,200 hired limousines and a carbon footprint the size of a small country.

And if the party at the conference gets slow, there are always alternatives.

Pearl Harbor mystery--solved?

(Via FoxNews)

The remains of a Japanese mini-submarine that participated in the Dec. 7, 1941, attack on Pearl Harbor have been discovered, researchers are to report today, offering strong evidence that the sub fired its torpedoes at Battleship Row.

Even after 68 years, the Sunday morning attack on Pearl Harbor is still making history.

Saturday, December 05, 2009

I hate it when this happens

So how big of a gun geek are you when you start cleaning out the safe and find a rifle you don't remember buying?

I believe it's a Mauser rebarreled to .308. At least it's something I can use....

He's "special"

Two Bettendorf, IA kids discover a revolver in a sewer in their neighborhood. The kids did the right thing by contacting an adult who contacted local law enforcement.

What could have been a tragic accident if the gun was discovered in a more accessible place, this was averted by a couple of kids smart enough to do the right thing.

Too bad we can't say the same thing about the owner of said firearm. You see he's a "special" agent of the BATFE. Noted on paragraph 5 of United States v. G Lindsey as a "firearms expert".


Go read the whole thing. It's really special.

Suicide by cop

As I understand it, there is a well-known phenomena among law enforcement known as "suicide by cop". This is where some cowardly so-and-so who doesn't have the guts to do the deed themselves puts the police in the position of doing the dirty work for them.

Local case in point.

Judging from the information in the story, the police did everything in their power to keep from shooting this kid. The kid, however, was apparently determined to be shot. No one, probably even the kid himself, knows why this happened. Now this cop gets to live with it for the rest of his life. Who knows what the kid's family is going through. Nice way to end it, Courtland.

Thursday, December 03, 2009

Obviously, this is impossible

A former student watching basketball tryouts was shot in the leg at a Massachusetts high school Wednesday afternoon, MyFoxBoston.com reported.

Let's see..."gun free zone"? Check. Someone gets shot? Check. Both against the law. Massachusetts, a state with strong "gun control" laws? Check.

Someone still got a gun, brought it into a "gun free zone" and shot someone? Check.

At what point do the gun grabbers have to admit to themselves what is obvious to everyone else, that "gun free zones" don't work?

Never! We need more gun control laws!

Just wait for it.

Wednesday, December 02, 2009

Flashlight porn

OK, so I finally bought myself a hand-held tac light. Now I'm all uber and tacticool and stuff.

Sorry about the cat hair. You live in this house, you get used to it.

Tuesday, December 01, 2009

I'm glad I'm not a Progress Energy customer

Because about now, I'd be getting really worried where my electricity was coming from 8 years from now. I wonder what it's like to be politically correct and try to run a profit-making business?

Monday, November 30, 2009

Apparently, the Reality Distortion Field is being overdriven today

And the effects on the Gun Grabbers and other anti-freedom forces is...predictable. Maestro, queue "Dancing in the Blood" in A Flat, please.

There is much in the typing (sorry, but I can't bring myself to call it "writing"), but the number of cherry-picked facts and outright lies (sorry, but I can't bring myself to call them "inaccuracies") is astounding.

As many as there is, this one is my favorite:

But Time magazine tells us:

Each month American Rifleman, the journal of the National Rifle Association, features about a dozen such accounts of armed citizens defending themselves against criminals. Based on newspaper clippings submitted by N.R.A. members, the stories dramatically show how a gun can sometimes prevent a crime and perhaps even save a victim's life.

The only trouble is that is from Time, August, 1989

The NRA's American Rifleman Magazine doesn't feature that news anymore, there isn't any listing of guns saving anyone's life on their website, just a lot of ads for weapons and accessories.

Now, I just happen to have, here on the desk, the December 2009 issue of American Rifleman. Trying to muscle my way past all those ads, with banners like "U.S. Supreme Court Revisits The Second Amendment" and "Reports From Afghanistan: Firearms On The Front Lines", I find "The Armed Citizen" right there on page 10.

I guess the Reality Distortion Field works on vision and print magazines as well as thought processes.

Oh, and about those crime stats, which "prove" how much more dangerous Phoenix is than New York, and it's all because of guns? Well, how about Boston, a city with strict gun control, vs. New York?

How about Chicago, another city with strict gun control, vs. New York?


Well, this isn't looking so well for the author...How about Washington, DC, home of the strictest gun ban in the nation, vs. New York?

Damn, facts suck, don't they?

This is health care "reform"?

Insurance premiums would jump as much as 13 percent for millions of Americans under a U.S. Senate proposal that is supposed to make health care more affordable, a nonpartisan report found.

The higher fees would be paid by the 14 million Americans who buy their own coverage and earn too much to get proposed subsidies, according to the report today from the Congressional Budget Office.


Oh, but wait. Costs will fall for 18 million with subsidized insurance.

Some pay more so that others pay less. Wait a minute--isn't that pretty much what we're doing now?

"This is your brain on political correctness"

At the Elm Tree Forge, the smith has some thoughts on political correctness and the costs associated with it.

The GOP Platform (product improved version)

Major Chuck fixes the current GOP platform.

Sunday, November 29, 2009

Want to see a real maverick?

One of John McCain's claims to "fame" in the last Presidential election is that he was a maverick--meaning that he wasn't afraid to buck his party. Seeing as how the difference between his party (The Stupid Party) and the other party (The Evil Party) is approximately a bucket of warm spit at this point in history, that message failed to resonate amongst "little c" conservative voters, who saw through him in droves.

On the other hand, there are people like Jim DeMint from South Carolina. DeMint not only bucks his party, but much of the time espouses positions that conservatives, Constitutional Republicans and occasionally even "little l" libertarians can live with.

The GOP (Greatly Ossified Party) may not have gotten the message of the last 3 elections yet, but some folks have. Perhaps they always did and we're just now hearing from them. Either way, if they keep it up, those of us who believe in a highly limited Federal government that restricts itself to those duties spelled out in the Constitution may once again find ourselves at home under the Big Tent.

Saturday, November 28, 2009

In praise of e-commerce

I'm telling you, I love e-commerce. Sit down with the Christmas gift lists, clickity-clickity-clickity, get the confirming email and then sit around and wait for the Big Brown Truck of Happiness. No lines, no surly clerks, no surly shoppers, no Christmas music 3 weeks too early, no tramplings, no tasers and no pepper spray.

Ah, progress!

Thursday, November 26, 2009

But...but...this couldn't happen!

Because in the People's Republic of Chicago, those evil guns are banned.

Police say four people have been shot after gunmen stormed a Chicago restaurant and demanded money.

I guess the robbers didn't care if they violated that law, either.

"Gun control" never serves its stated purpose. Repeal the laws now, or admit that it isn't about crime, but about government fear of an armed populace.

Happy Thanksgiving

Here's wishing you and yours a utterly politically incorrect Happy Thanksgiving, complete with Pilgrims, Indians and all the trimmings.

Hey! Somebody get the dog--he's eying the turkey!

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

How to title this post?

I'm not sure...Would "There are obviously some weaselly bastards disgracing the uniform of naval officers" do? Because that what it looks like to me.

Navy SEALs have secretly captured one of the most wanted terrorists in Iraq — the alleged mastermind of the murder and mutilation of four Blackwater USA security guards in Fallujah in 2004. And three of the SEALs who captured him are now facing criminal charges, sources told FoxNews.com.

The three, all members of the Navy's elite commando unit, have refused non-judicial punishment — called an admiral's mast — and have requested a trial by court-martial.

Ahmed Hashim Abed, whom the military code-named "Objective Amber," told investigators he was punched by his captors — and he had the bloody lip to prove it.

Now, instead of being lauded for bringing to justice a high-value target, three of the SEAL commandos, all enlisted, face assault charges and have retained lawyers.


I applaud the SEALs for not taking the easy way out and for demanding their day in court. Of course, being SEALs, I wouldn't expect anything less.

It's a shame their officers thought they would.

Calling Bullshit! on the gun banners

Michael "I Hate Guns" Bloomberg has "persuaded" two New York Congresscritters to introduce a bill to give the ATF 1500 more agents. Why? As Senator Kirsten Gillibrand tells us:

Because right now, they only have the capability to check gun dealers once every 7-20 years, literally. It is so outrageous.

What I find outrageous is Senator Gillibrand's quick and apparently thorough co-option by the power structure in DC. At one time, she was considered pro-gun (the NRA gave her an "A" rating, FWIW), but now that she has entrenched herself in the Senate, it would seem that she knows who buttered her bread.

I also find it outrageous that a sitting US Senator will lie. Yes, I know I shouldn't, especially in a day when their colleagues will whore themselves out for a measly $300 million, but I do. FFLs are audited every 7-20 years? In what bizarre plane of reality? Both of the ones I know personally are audited every year--and not because they're doing a bad job at record keeping. I hear it is much the same for most FFLs.

I have this sense that the leftists feel that their time is short. Their Obamessiah has lost his Golden Calf luster and his momentum. Their "health care reform" is beginning to falter while "cap our trade" has been brought up short by the beginnings of the collapse of the global warming religion (link via Drudge). The time they have to ram their agenda down our throats is getting short, and we're going to see a lot more attempts to make it happen, whether by a frontal assault or, like this, via the back door.

Those of us who love our freedoms and who love our country are going to have to step it up several notches. We're going to have to spend a lot of time keeping informed and using that information to inform others. If you blog, you need to be active and talk these things up. Mention them in any forums you participate in. Talk to your friends and family. Work hard not only to defeat them now, but in November, 2010 and November 2012.

Remember, we have to win every battle. They only have to win one.

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Handy information to have

Oral Rehydration Solution

Remember the Census worker found dead in Kentucky?

Much was made of the word "fed" scrawled on his body. Many seemed to hope that this was the opening shot of a revolution. (Dolts. If we have a revolution, let's hope for our own version of the Velvet Revolution. I'm too old to play "man the barricades".)

It seems that either he committed suicide or he's channeling Vince Foster. Let the conspiracy theories commence!

*sigh*

I've been waiting to comment on this one until all the facts came out. I was hoping for something less...stupid, foolish...preventable....

Galen Elijah Ruble told police he thought his muzzle-loading rifle was unloaded when he pointed it at his friend's head and pulled the trigger, according to Boone police.

Outside of the criminal record, he gets to live with that visual in his head for the rest of his life. So do the others who were there. Personally, I'm not sure how that can be done.

Just for the record, Mr. Ruble managed to break all 4 of the Four Rules. Folks, we have these rules for a reason. They build on each other just to try and ensure that these sorts of things don't happen. Let's go over them again for those who missed that class:
  1. The gun is always loaded.
  2. Never point the muzzle at anything you're not willing to destroy.
  3. Keep your finger off the trigger until your sights are on the target.
  4. Always be sure of your target and what is behind it.
Some people want to argue about these, unbelievable as that is to me. They want to lawyer about things like training (Use a blue gun.) and "How do you clean it if you can't be in front of it?" (Render it unfireable.) I think that those people either lack common sense or just like to prove how smart they are. I think they're also more like to get someone killed. In any case, here's my commentary on the Four Rules.
  1. I don't care if you just checked it, your friend just checked it and your sainted blue-haired granny just checked it. The damn thing is loaded! Treat it like that an no one gets hurt.
  2. Absolutely self-explanatory. Guns expel small bits of metal at high velocities. When that metal impacts anything, it causes damage. In the case of flesh, the damage can be fatal, and will surely be life-altering for all involved. Sure, guns are fun, but they are also dangerous. Treat them that way.
  3. If you're a moron who has violated Rules 1 and 2, at least this gives you a chance to stop being a moron. Try thinking for a change.
  4. And in case Rule 3 doesn't work for you, one final check--is this something you want to shoot? Is there something behind it that you don't want to shoot? Bullets are meant to penetrate things, you know? Double check yourself.
It should take an act of will to ever point a gun at anything with the intention of pulling the trigger. You should have to override the red screaming alarms in your skull to do so if it's something alive.

If Mr. Ruble had managed to follow any one of these rules, we wouldn't be talking about this.

Do us all a favor--have a little talk with your friends about this, just to remind each other about what we already know and too many don't practice.

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Not all warriors carry a weapon

(Via an email reflector that must remain nameless)

Paulette Smith-Kimble stood, stunned, in the entryway of a large room where she had helped put many wounded soldiers on the path to healing.

Blood covered the floor. Men and women writhed in pain. Some were past feeling pain.

Outside, the shooting suspect was down. Smith-Kimble, an experienced nurse, had verified that the medic had kept him alive. She had checked on a police officer who had returned fire. And she had helped coordinate the nursing students who had come flooding onto the scene from their graduation next door to help.

Inside, a downed soldier lay to her left. She was too far gone. Move on.

Read it all.

So, how is that new shotgun?

Son and I went to the range, trying to beat the rain. We were semi-successful, finishing up the last of three rounds in light rain.

I went 11 of 25, 13 of 25 and 16 of 25 as I began feeling my way through the new gun. With 18 of 25 being my personal best (Hey, I didn't say I was good at this), I'm good with that showing. The gun shoots well, and I really didn't notice the trigger as much as I thought I would.

I did notice the change in choke. My Ithaca has a fixed improved cylinder choke, while the Franchi was wearing its modified choke tube. You have to be a bit more exacting up close, but I was able to hit many shots that were further out much more decisively than I was before.

The biggest thing was the fit of the gun, which is much closer to what I need than the Ithaca was. I've been told that is a big part of shotgunning, and "they" are not kidding. I shot 16 of 25 almost without thinking about it, while shooting that well with the Ithaca was almost like a gift.

I think I'm going to like this. Now if you'll excuse me, there are some damp shotguns that would like my attention.

Mary Landrieu isn't cheap

(Via the Drudge Report)

Not by a long shot.

On the eve of Saturday's showdown in the Senate over health-care reform, Democratic leaders still hadn't secured the support of Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-La.), one of the 60 votes needed to keep the legislation alive. The wavering lawmaker was offered a sweetener: at least $100 million in extra federal money for her home state.

And so it came to pass that Landrieu walked onto the Senate floor midafternoon Saturday to announce her aye vote -- and to trumpet the financial "fix" she had arranged for Louisiana. "I am not going to be defensive," she declared. "And it's not a $100 million fix. It's a $300 million fix."

I wonder if the French would take the place back if we refund their money? It'd be cheaper.

Saturday, November 21, 2009

I can has new boomstick!

Finally, I've found a shotgun that seems to fit me. Son and I drove down to Raleigh and the Dixie Classic Gun and Knife Show, and this is what I brought home:


(Click for the big picture)

This is the Franchi 720 Upland Field. Yes, I'm dying to take it to the range. No, I can't; it's dark right now. Tomorrow if the weather cooperates. No, I'm not taking my new gun out in the rain. No, I don't care if it is made for that.

From what I can tell so far, it's light, it points well for me, and the trigger feels a bit gritty, but I suspect I can deal with that. I got it for a bit better than a fair price (cash speaks). Nice people to deal with.

As far as the rest of the show, there were plenty of black rifles at reasonable prices (and a few dealers who apparently have not gotten the memo that the gold rush is pretty much over). Plenty of pistols were also in evidence, with the exception of the elusive Ruger LCP--I must have heard 5 people who were looking for that one. There were also plenty of long range sniper rifles hunting rifles, but the shotgun selection was a bit light.

Ammo availability was good--there was even .380 in quantity. Prices were about what you'd expect to pay these days--a lot higher than before the Gun Salesman of the Year took office.

Powder and primer availability was spotty. Some powders were available in quantity, some weren't--I left without the Hogden Clays International I wanted. Primers were available, but pricey. A good price for pistol, rifle and shotgun primers was $36/1000; the high end was $43/1000. I did see pretty much every sort of primer, from small pistol to 50 BMG, available.

There were plenty of political items--flags, stickers, buttons, bumper stickers and t-shirts. The Gun Banner in Chief still can't make friends on the gun show circuit.

As usual, the crowd was well behaved and polite. Lots of women and kids at this show as well, and they were buying. You couldn't tell the economy was bad from the amount of money changing hands, although the high end guns did not seem to be selling.

Food was good, serving sizes were large. Prices were "captive audience", but drink refills were free. I thought that was pretty cool.

And most amazingly, no guns took it upon themselves to massacre anyone.

Worried yet?

Are you paying attention to the economy, the state of the world just yet? No? So what does it take to get you concerned? How about when one of the major international financial institutions runs up the OMG WE'RE ALL GONNA DIE! flag?

Société Générale tells clients how to prepare for potential 'global collapse'

Somehow, I think that when the banks start worrying, you're late to the party if you aren't.

Friday, November 20, 2009

It would seem that "settled science" just got rather unsettled

Hackers broke into the servers at a prominent British climate research center and leaked years worth of e-mail messages onto the Web, including one with a mysterious reference to a plan to "hide the decline" in data about temperatures.

It's also worth noting that these upstanding members of the scientific community wanted to squeeze those who disagreed with them out of the process:

"I think we have to stop considering Climate Research as a legitimate peer-reviewed journal. Perhaps we should encourage our colleagues in the climate research community to no longer submit to, or cite papers in, this journal. We would also need to consider what we tell or request of our more reasonable colleagues who currently sit on the editorial board…What do others think?"

While it won't change the minds of those whose belief in anthropogenic global warming verges on religious mania, at least on the surface it supports what we "climate change deniers" have been saying all along.

Of course the government won't ration health care

Of course they won't. First, we get a recommendation to delay mammograms and now we're recommending a delay cervical exams. I understand that neither of these are going to directly effect anything, and I'm aware that supposedly both of these are meant to improve women's health. But the timing is interesting, especially since these groups do get a say-so in the guidelines for health-related testing procedures, and those guidelines directly effect what insurance companies pay for.

What's the going rate for a US Senator?

$100 million. What a bargain!

Welcome to the Surveillance States of America

It seems that socialism isn't the only bright idea we're importing from Europe. It seems that the hardly crime-blighted city of Tiburon, CA is going to photograph every vehicle that enters or leaves the town.

But hey, it could be worse-- they're only keeping the data 30 days. Right.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

I did my part

Did you do your part for National Ammo Day?

Come on, show us what you bought.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Sorry for the lack of posting

But this seems to be a week with nothing that moves me to comment. It's the same old stupidity, cupidity and nonsense, and I'm just tired of it.

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Screw Duke

I've been a fan of Duke University (no linky love; reason to follow) for years, even though it's not my alma mater. I fell in love with the place when visiting a friend back in the early 80s. I always thought the place was a true class act, especially when it came to "student athletes", who were indeed students first and athletes second. This was quite different from my experience with athletics at public universities. I've always harbored the dream that I might one day try for the MBA program at Fuqua.

The Duke Lacrosse exercise in jumping to conclusions and demonizing the innocent gave me pause, but I was willing to write it of as an aberration. Silly me.

What I hope becomes known as the "Clair Watkins Incident" incenses me. In my opinion, Duke has, in essence, taken advantage of a young woman and then left her at the alter. In my opinion, even though no rules were broken, the Duke women's basketball program needs a through housecleaning of the coaching staff. In my opinion, if this is how their ethics work, they should easily find a job in athletics at a public university, where their talents will be appreciated.

Because in one egregious incident, they've wrecked one young woman's dreams.

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Can solar do it?

There is a lot of hype out there when it comes to energy production, especially when that is coupled with "Oh my god the planet is warming and WE'RE ALL GOING TO DIE-E-E!"

Solar generated electricity is one of the things that greenies want to see in their quest to save the planet. Of course, there is that pesky part of the day when there is no sun, but hey, that can be dealt with.

I wonder what he'll do for the Chinese?

(Via the Drudge Report)

I mean, those bows just keep getting lower...

How low will the new American president go for the world's royalty?

National Ammo Day

(Via Free in Idaho)

Well, time to pony up for freedom, folks. I would say "Buy until it hurts!", but at this point, even a hundred rounds of good .22 is going to hurt.

"After all these years, you'd think they should know."

Well, Louis, you'd think that, but with our leftist friends, it isn't about rational thought, it's about feeling good and looking good.

On Nov. 1, 2000, Pepe was ambushed in the cell of Mamdouh Mahmud Salim — an alleged top aide to Usama bin Laden. Salim's cellmate, another Al Qaeda suspect, joined in the attack, which prosecutors say was an attempt to steal Pepe's keys to the cell block to free other prisoners and take hostages.

The two had been granted permission by a federal judge to purchase hot sauce, says Pepe's sister, which they then stored in a honey jar and used to create a blinding mace. Teaming up against Pepe, they beat and blinded him, covering the floor in his spattered blood. They then tried to rape him as he waited an entire hour for fellow guards to come to his aid, his sister said.


Nice guys.

How long will it be, and how many atrocities will it take, before the American people as a whole wake up to the fact that these people want to kill us? We don't fit into their 13th Century world view, and therefore we must die.

I wonder how our leftists will feel and look as they're led to the headsman to be executed as infidels.

Friday, November 13, 2009

I'm b-a-a-a-ck!

Well, my sojourn into the world of geeks is over for another year. Normal blogging shall now resume....

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Monday, November 09, 2009

Light blogging alert

Folks, hold down the fort. I'm going to be busy indulging my geek side for a few days. I'll try to get a little something up if time allows, but I'm going to be doing well to just keep aware of what's going on outside of my bitty world for the next week.

Your task is to start beating on your Senators on health care "reform". Given what La Pelosi and her crew of imbeciles passed last night, if we want to have anything outside of witch doctors (and I'll bet there's something in there about them, just give it time to come out), we had better put the fear of the electorate into the Senate.

Sunday, November 08, 2009

Did I miss something?

(Via Survivalblog)

I damn sure looks like it. This is dated October 14:

The United States reversed policy on Wednesday and said it would back launching talks on a treaty to regulate arms sales as long as the talks operated by consensus, a stance critics said gave every nation a veto.

The decision, announced in a statement released by the U.S. State Department, overturns the position of former President George W. Bush's administration, which had opposed such a treaty on the grounds that national controls were better.

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said the United States would support the talks as long as the negotiating forum, the so-called Conference on the Arms Trade Treaty, "operates under the rules of consensus decision-making."

Well, there's a handy way to get around that pesky Second Amendment--sign an international treaty!

Chains we can believe in.

His lips were moving

(Via Frugal Squirrels)

Last week, the voters of New York House District 23 rejected a conservative candidate, Doug Hoffman, for liberal candidate Bill Owens. Owens stated during the campaign that he was against the "public option" in health care "reform", that he opposed cutting Medicare benefits, taxing health care benefits, or increasing taxes on the middle class.

Newly-minted Representative Owens has thanked the voters of NY 23 by asking them to bend over and grab their ankles.

I guess he changed his mind. I have to wonder if any of the voters in NY 23 would like to change their minds now.

Friday, November 06, 2009

And now I have something to say

After a day of watching and reading the news, I have a few thoughts. Some will call me simplistic; others will call me worse. To hell with them all.

Devout Muslim we're told, possibly mentally ill we're told. Neither is an excuse for the actions of Nidal Malik Hasan.

Supposedly the "good doctor" didn't want to go to Afghanistan. I suspect few really do. But they man (or woman) up, go anyway and do their jobs. You see, it's what they signed up for. No one with an IQ over that of a turnip, who has joined any branch of the military since 9/11/2001, could think otherwise. Surely you've heard about the war? It's been on all the TV news....

But instead of holding up his end of the bargain,
Nidal Malik Hasan decided to grab a gun or two and go kill a bunch of infidels. Sure, he didn't say that, but it's damn funny that not one of his victims identified so far "looks like him".

Some say that this isn't terrorism, not really. Hasan was just another in a long line of nutballs who decided to settle their score with life using a gun on people who had never done them any harm. I call "BULLSHIT!" on that one at the top of my lungs. For years, we have seen similar acts in Israel and they have been labeled "terrorism" by anyone with a shred of intellectual honesty.

No, it can't be terrorism, not here, not at home where we don't have to carry guns (according to one mealy-mouthed sorry-assed excuse for a general whose miserable name will never be uttered here). No, we don't have terrorism here.

Tell that to 3,000 dead on 9/11/2009. Tell that to the 13 additional victims of another terrorist who have just joined them. Just how many more have to die before we can be honest with ourselves? Whether we like it or not, whether it's politically correct or not, there seem to be a lot of people, all of a certain religion, who want us dead. The sooner we figure out that they take that seriously, and that we'd better take it seriously as well, the sooner this is going to be over.

Is
Nidal Malik Hasan a sleeper agent? Is he a cell of one? Is he simply yet another "deeply disturbed individual"?

We don't know the answer now. It's possible we may never know, but since this one has been taken alive, I have hope. There have been too many other incidents
in recent years involving Muslim men killing large numbers of non-Muslims to blithely believe that this isn't terrorism.

Thursday, November 05, 2009

What to say?

Sources Identify Major as Gunman in Deadly Shooting Rampage at Fort Hood

Not sure what to say about this just yet; too little hard information is public. There are things about it that raise my eyebrows (more than just the "mass shooting" aspect does).

I guess it's just time to pray for the dead and their families.

Wednesday, November 04, 2009

SC man gets 3 years in prison for sex with horse

It's going to suck to be him in the hoosegow.

A South Carolina man caught on video having sex with a horse was sentenced Wednesday to three years in prison after pleading guilty for the second time in two years to abusing the creature.

In South Carolina, the legal term for this transgression is "buggery". I don't know why, but I can't say that word without smiling. It sounds so...something.

"I've been through hell for the last year and it's caused a lot of hardship," Kenley told the newspaper. "There's a lot of ridicule and jokes going around about this thing. And a person can only take so much."

Not to mention the horse.

(Yes, I know, what scumbag did was wrong and I do feel sympathy for the lady and her horse. But the whole thing is so Theater of the Ludicrous that I simply have to laugh.)

Assumes?

More like they're counting on it.

The health care reform bill awaiting debate in the House assumes millions of workers and employers would rather pay $167 billion in fines than purchase or provide adequate coverage, according to a recent analysis...

Much as "gun control", which was more about control than it was guns; "health care reform" is not about health care or reform. It's about giving the government unprecedented power over your life.

Tuesday, November 03, 2009

Score that one as an oowie

Despite the interesting political news of the day (and here's hoping that if gets much more interesting as the evening progresses), I'm just not in the mood to blog. I had to have dental work (I cracked a molar, and they did a temporary crown today to hold me while we figure out if it will also be a root canal to go with it), and now that the Novocaine and whatever else have worn off, I'm just not in the mood to blog.

What I am in the mood for is painkillers. Paging Dr. House....

Monday, November 02, 2009

Sometimes the news is not the story

The Charlotte Observer breathlessly reports "The number of concealed weapons permits issued in South Carolina has risen sharply this year, state records show, as people worry about crime and their right to bear firearms."

OK, so that rates a "Well, duh!" Applications and grants of concealed carry permits have went through the roof all over the United States. Some people are finally getting the message that "911 is government sponsored dial-a-prayer".

But the good part of that article is the comments section, which is just full of gunny goodness. "Actually, my "grandma" (wife) prefers a Kahr PM 9 for carry and 20 gauge Mossburg pump resting beside the bed with 6 #1 shot in the mag. She says a .45 is to hard to hold to get the second tap center mass :-)"

I love some good snark first thing on a Monday morning. It just puts a shine on the whole week.

Sunday, November 01, 2009

Internet strangeness

Has anyone else noticed that strange doings are afoot on the old Intertubz this weekend? Gunbroker had availability problems, Timebomb2000 is staggering under a DDoS attack and a general traffic slowness?

Akamai's Real-time Web Monitor shows attacks are up all over the place--26.27% as of this writing. On the other hand, SANS Internet Storm Center reports all is well.

Anyone have any insight?

Great stuff on sale

(Via the Signal Podcast on Twitter)

Firefly DVD set on sale for $12.99.

You of course realize that this would make an excellent Christmas gift.

Well, this is a first

And it isn't one I'm happy to have occur. However, I think it's important to point this out for your edification.

As the three long-time readers of this blog know, I add folks to the blogroll because I find what they have to say interesting in some way. Conversely, they fall off for the same sort of reason--they cease being interesting. Usually.

There have been two, and soon to be three, cases where someone was booted for other reasons. I've never said who or why up until now, and for the first two, I still won't.

But I'm going to tell you exactly why I'm booting Mad Ogre. Since he doesn't do permalinks to posts, I'm going to quote the entire thing. It was posted on 10/30/2009.

Email:Hello,I just found your blog about a month ago,and have been reading it daily now. I have a question about your problems with vehicles/transportation. From having read your blog,I gather that you try to be prepared for any eventuality that may arise. My question is;why can't you repair your own vehicle(s)? If someone wants to survive,they will need every skill they can learn. can you make parts for your guns from scratch and repair/rebuild them? Vehicles should be the same for a prepper as a gun,or any other facet of survival,a tool to be learned about,and utilized for the survival of one's family/clan. Not being able to repair your own vehicles could put you and your family at a [severe] dissadvantage......could even cost your lives. I have a rebuilt long block and spare transmision and differential ready for each of my vehicles. Should the need arise, I can have an engine in and running in one long day.” I can do a lot with many vehicles. I've rebuilt engines too, but that was in a shop full of tools. I don't have such a place. If I had a shop full of tools, that would be great. But I don't. Neither do I have the means to fabricate the parts required to facilitate modern automotive repair. I can't build an Engine Management Computer or a new Fuel Air Mixture Sensor. That's why I like my old Chevy truck. Unfortunately I don't have the engine hoists, and the required tools to take care of what is wrong with it... I can't pull it out and tear it down to the bare block. And I'm not too worried. If I'm in a situation where the balloon is up, chaos is abundant, and it's life or death that I get a vehicle – I'm getting a vehicle. All those questions you asked... nice. I'm happy you are a Mechanic. I'm not. I don't do my own Medical Procedures either. I'm not a surgeon. And I don't get emails from Doctors saying I should know how to reconnect torn blood vessels, because it might save my life one day. I don't make my own eyeglasses either.

However, yes, I can and have made parts to repair guns, That's so I can boost your car once you fix it. Cheers!

There you have it. Unedited, in his own words, own font, own everything.

I can understand his point about not knowing every possible skill one could need to survive post SHTF. There simply isn't that much time available, and it's why groups and communities will survive and the lone wolves will probably not.

However, Ogre has said, in a loud clear voice, that in the event of An Event, he is going to turn raider. He will take what he needs from others. "...I can and have made parts to repair guns, That's so I can boost your car once you fix it."

I'm not sure just where he lives, but I know if I were his neighbors, I'd be very wary of him. Not just if something big happened, but right now. He's announced to one and all just how he will act if it comes to him versus you.

These are the sort of people who you will have to worry about on SHTF Day + 1. You may want to consider how you will address this issue, because you may have an Ogre for a neighbor, and not even know it.

Saturday, October 31, 2009

Check it!

I just saw a TV new story where The Big O did the Halloween thing at the Multicolor House. Want to know what he dressed up as to scare people?

The President of the United States of America.

Um-m-m-m

It's the time of year where all the little school kids have their parents bring the fund raisers to work, and where the coworkers all take turns buying various things from each other. One of this year's purchases was "Triple Chocolate Cookie Dough".



I am currently closely examining the container to make sure it isn't a product of Mike Rowe Enterprises, Inc.

Daughter is baking these up tonight. If I'm not here tomorrow, send help.

Monsters on Halloween

Jim Rawles at SurvivalBlog has been warning about this for a long time. I kept hoping that he overstating the problem, but an increasing incidence of stories like this are telling me that that hope was in vain.

The house was first held up Monday night. NewsChannel 36 spoke exclusively with the Deadmon family after the first home invasion. They told us how the robbers forced them to open the safe at gunpoint. They reported the robbery to police, and they believe that's why the suspects returned.

"He told my husband they had come back to kill," Sherry Deadmon said, speaking for her husband Randy, who has a disability that affects his speech.

As always, I'm sure there is much more to the story, such as why this particular family was targeted. But the lesson to take away from this has two parts. Part One is that "Yes Virginia, there are monsters." Part Two is that when you encounter them, be prepared.

The family had placed several shotguns around the house because of Monday's crime.

"No one needs to carry a gun at home. What are you--paranoid or something?"

Not yet, but I'm getting there.

When police arrived at the home, they found one man shot in the garage. He was wearing black clothing, a black mask and a bulletproof vest.

Ya got that last part, right? All of us had better let that one sink in deeply. These aren't unsubstantiated rumors floating about the Intertubz any longer. Yes, the bad guys are wearing body armor. They are armed, armored and deadly serious.

We, the armed citizenry, need to become deadly serious as well. Time to start practicing those "failure to stop" drills, or as G. Gordon Liddy once said in another context, "Head shots! Head shots!" Don't have your concealed carry permit? Get it. Don't practice? Start.

There are monsters out there, and not just on Halloween.

Friday, October 30, 2009

Unclear on the concept of "employable"

(Via Survivalblog)

I am not unemployable. I have a master’s of fine arts and spent two years in the Peace Corps. (BugMeNot is your friend.)

Jennifer Williams apparently thinks that this fine resume, plus "I worked my way through college as a baby sitter, sandwich-maker, camp craft director and nursing-home aide" should be enough to guarantee her a nice condo with a view of Central Park.

I'm reminded of the scene in "The Secret of My Success" when Michael J. Fox's character is interviewing for a job and is told he lacks experience, as he has only a college degree in business and no actual work experience. "But why did I go to college?" he asks the interviewer plaintively. "Had fun, didn't you?"

Jennifer, I hope you had fun doing the MFA and Peace Corps thing. You might want to consider falling back on the "nursing home aide" experience, though, as the market for those with "theory and personal vision" is a bit...gone...these days. Remember, there's always a lot of demand for those who will do a dirty but necessary job.

Oh crap, now I have to figure out iTunes

LawDog links us to the coolest thing on the Internet.

UN UNcomfortable with UNauthorized personnel

The UN has been invaded by a hostile military force...

Col. Sanders!

What a bunch of chickens. Oh yeah, I guess that would explain it....

I bet it's more like $4 million per...

(Via the Drudge Report)

After all the ifs, ands, buts and screw yous are counted.

The House health care bill unveiled Thursday clocks in at 1,990 pages and about 400,000 words. With an estimated 10-year cost of $894 billion, that comes out to about $2.24 million per word.

I like this part the best:

And for those who cry “read the bill,” beware. There are plenty of paragraphs like this one:

“(a) Outpatient Hospitals – (1) In General – Section 1833(t)(3)(C)(iv) of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. 1395(t)(3)(C)(iv)) is amended – (A) in the first sentence – (i) by inserting “(which is subject to the productivity adjustment described in subclause (II) of such section)” after “1886(b)(3)(B)(iii); and (ii) by inserting “(but not below 0)” after “reduced”; and (B) in the second sentence, by inserting “and which is subject, beginning with 2010 to the productivity adjustment described in section 1886(b)(3)(B)(iii)(II)”.

I don't know what to think about a system that puts out gibberish like that and calls it "law". Perhaps we really do need to let the rotten edifice that the USA is rapidly becoming collapse. Maybe then we could pick up the good parts, sweep up (and out) the trash and have a fresh start.

Thursday, October 29, 2009

GunPal

Linoge at the Walls of the City has a most excellent writeup of the new payment service, GunPal.

As I expect the tools at PayPal (expect no linky love, jerks) to sue over the name, I think we all need to look into signing up and doing as many payments as possible through the service in order to let them build up a war chest of funds.

Leftist lies

Joe Huffman points out, with photographic evidence, that the left has no compunction in freely adjusting reality in an attempt to create their own truth.

There was even a question?

Pretty damn sad when we have to ask the DA if there's a problem with an 80 year-old man shooting a armed burglar in his own home.

Maintaining a nice, clean Internet

Those of us who blog anonymously usually have reasons. I do so because of the lesson of Kim du Toit, who found himself royally screwed in the job market because of his writing published under his real name. While Kim apparently has overcome this problem, I intend to never have it at all, so I blog anonymously.

Another interesting case involves South Korean blogger Minerva, who was outted as being one Park Dae-Sung. Park had the multiple misfortunes of being quite knowledgeable in a field in which he had no formal education, blogging his thoughts, being right, and scaring the crap out of his government, with the last being his downfall.

This one is worth reading for a number of other reasons, including Park's uncanny ability of reading our current economic crisis. No formal education, but self-read in many classical economics theories, a diligent researcher and his predictions were usually right, right, right.

The kind of thing that would get anyone in trouble these days.

Monday, October 26, 2009

League of the Perpetually Offended, Pennsylvania Chapter

A blue, cross-like design emblazoned on T-shirts at Penn State University has some critics seeing red.

Now let's see...the t-shirt:



and the uniform:

Now let's see, blue and white color scheme on both, blue stripe down the center of the helmet and the shirt, reference to the approximate stadium capacity, Nike logo. Yep, all there.

Those who insist on being offended by the t-shirt design...not so much.

"a .25 in my pocket beat hell out of the 9mm I left sitting on my desk at home."

(Via Push the Pull Door)

Caleb of Gun Nuts Media was the victim of an attempted mugging. Go read how he turned the tables on the mugger. One assumes the anti-freedom crowd will tell us that this never happened, since they don't believe in the defensive use of firearms.

Always remember, the little gun in your pocket beats the big gun you left at home because you were tired of dragging it around. Say hello to my little friend, the Kel-Tec PF-9. Fits in a pocket; 7+1 rounds of Hydrashok goodness when you need it.

Those evil health insurance companies

(Via the Drudge Report)

How dare they make a 2% profit! Evil money-grubbing capitalists, making money off of the people's suffering. There oughtta be a law!

And if Obama, Reid and Pelosi have their way, there will be. Fact be damned and reality go to hell, we must have health care reform now. Who cares if we have no health care tomorrow?

Doing our part

(Via Major Chuck)

The Fifth Annual Project Valour-IT fund drive is off and running. You can make a contribution kinda-sort in the name of the US Army here, or go here to pick you favorite service. Remember that Soldiers' Angels, who runs the show, doesn't play favorites among the services--the team thing is just in the nature of good-spirited inter-service competition. Project Valour-IT provides adaptive laptop computers to those who need them, regardless of their branch.

Problem solving the hacker way

ESR blogs on a creative solution to the thorny problem of non-governmental censorship.

I see not only the hacker tradition of interesting and unusual thought processes at work here, but the application of something that many conservatives hate, yet libertarians seem to innately understand--that Saul Alinsky's "Rules for Radicals" works in all directions.

Get out there and ridicule the Narcissist In Chief today!

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Funny

(Via Timebomb2000)

And you don't have to be British to see the gallows humor.

Saturday, October 24, 2009

OK, so I went to the gun show

And couldn't find a freaking gun to buy.

This isn't really a knock on this weekend's Dixie Gun and Knife Show in Charlotte. It's a good show, and I actually saw some very good deals. If I'd been looking for a Springfield XD-45 I could have brought one home for $500. I saw evil black rifles, good brands, for as low as $600. I saw a Smith and Wesson that just begged to come home with me. I regretfully told it "no" and left it whimpering on the table.

I also saw MREs with pack dates 2 years past for full price and guys with thousand round boxes of .223 ammo for the bargain price of only $50 over what I could buy it on the net for including shipping. You have to love optimists, I suppose.

But I couldn't find one freaking over and under shotgun that pointed well for me, in 20 gauge, with screw-in chokes with extractors to buy. Not new and not used.

I did find several nice used ones that were close. There was the Browning Citori with the nasty stock ding that was $200 overpriced. Everything I wanted except it had ejectors. The stock ding could have been repaired and the ejectors lived with, but an arrogant dealer who ignores potential customers and overprices the stock simply isn't someone I typically want to do business with. When I finally got someone's attention, he couldn't talk business and I had to wait for Her Majesty The Owner to tell him what it could sell for. After causing her the inconvenience of actually having to calculate a price, she was willing to knock off $50. No thanks, sis.

Then there was the very nice gentleman who was willing to talk both business and guns, with an Italian gun from a maker I've never heard of and can't Google up. The price was good, but ejectors and fixed chokes (improved cylinder and modified). I know I haven't heard of all good shotgun brands, but I've heard of most of them, and the unrecognized name and fixed chokes killed that one for me.

Then there is the one that I'm sure I'll be told I foolishly let get away. Nice older gentleman and his wife with a great selection of both shotguns and rifles. A very nice older Ruger Red Label at a very nice price, but again with fixed chokes and ejectors. I stopped by that table three times. I mounted that gun probably 30 times. Every time, the thing was right where it should be. I really though hard about it. He gave every indication of being willing to bargain, but I decided to pass.

After returning to Daughter's dorm room for a break and a short rest before supper, I did some Intertubz research, and found at that there is an easy way to change Citori ejectors to extractors. I have to wonder if something similar could be done with the Red Label.

I was able to buy 4# of Hogdon International Clays powder for reloading. And Daughter and I were able to enjoy the day together. I shouldn't complain.

But I'm still frustrated.

Friday, October 23, 2009

Oh, I wish I was in the Land of Cotton

And so I shall be tomorrow, at the Dixie Gun and Knife Show in Charlotte, NC at the Metrolina Expo Center.

I'll be the one looking for a 20 gauge pump or over-and-under for clays shooting. No, I still haven't decided.