Saturday, March 14, 2009

OK, I got nothing here

A Hong Kong cop takes a midnight stroll through the park wearing nothing but fishnet stockings and high heels....

I mean, I really got nothing...

"This is the age of the idiot."

That's the first line from an Ilana Mercer column on WorldNet Daily that I somehow missed a while back. She goes on to excoriate a smarmy Rolling Stone writer, Jesse Jackson and the twits on "The View", one of whom she opines "ought to have been intellectually disemboweled".

Now that's a lady who knows how to turn a phrase.

Back to the Lexington Gun Show

Long-time readers know that the Lexington Gun and Knife Show is one of my favorites. Of all the shows in North Carolina, it's one of the closest to home, and that gives it a leg up with me. I know the guy who puts it on, and he's really spruced it up. The junk dealers are gone, replaced by good folks with good items and pretty good prices. It relatively small, and if you go a lot, you get to know the regular vendors and the regular attendees.

At this weekend's show, I had the privilege of working a table for my club, which is always a treat. Besides getting in free, I get in early, before opening. It's amazing how much business goes on before the doors open to the public, as we all run around and get the items we need ourselves. You see, everyone who is a vendor is also a gun and/or knife person. These folks are in this because they love guns, the love knives, the love accessories, and they've found a way to make their living doing something they love. It's a hard way to live, but someone has to do it. :-)

As the day goes on, you can watch the people and see who came with guns to sell and were successful, who failed, who found something to buy and who's just out for a visit. You can also watch the other tables, and see the sales and the purchases. It's always fun to see someone with their own table for the first time, and see the look of pleasure and relief on their face when they have cleared enough money in the first couple of hours to pay for the weekend. You're happy for them, because it means another small business entrepreneur has made a successful launch.

One of my favorite vendors is a lady and her husband where I buy a lot of my reloading components. They started out small, fighting for recognition, trying to build a business to replace factory jobs that they knew were going to go away sometime soon. Now, they're one of the big vendors "up front", with a ton of tables and they've brought their son into the business. I'm envious of them, not for their success, but because they've done something I'd wish I'd had the sense to think of myself.

Today's show was great. Not as crowded as last time, it was still very well attended for a show held on a weekend where a cold rain is going to fall all day, both days. The buyers were smiling more, not quite in the "take no prisoners" mood of two months ago. They were still buying very purposefully though, and you wouldn't have know we're in the midst of the worst economy in decades if it hadn't been for the jokes made when one vendor of nifty wrought-iron blacksmith goods (How cool is it to have a gun show with it's own blacksmith?) would ring a supper triangle and someone would go "Hey, the markets are closed--how much did we lose today?"

I picked up 1000 rounds of PMC brass 5.56 ammo, 2000 shotgun primers and two nice holsters from Murph's Leather in China Grove. I had some good food (a pork shop sandwich and choclate cake) from one of the food vendors, talked to a ton of people about our club, hung out with my friends and in general had a blast.

I'm not sure of a better way to spend a Saturday, except at the range shooting.

(Edit, 3/15/2009 1134: SciFiJim asks this in comments: "And for the question that all reloaders are asking now. How was the availability of primers, especially small rifle. Gunbroker.com currently has a listing for 1000 Winchester small rifle primers. Current bid is $100.01"

While I hadn't considered it for inclusion in the original post, I think it's an important enough question that it needs to be pulled up here.

At the show there were 1000 small pistol primers, and those were a happy accident from a vendor who didn't even know he had them--they were mixed in with stuff he had taken in on consignment from an estate. (There's a whole different post--the guy was a Winchester collector, and you have seen some of those Model 70s.)

There were no small rifle primers, and around 10,000 each of large rifle and shotgun. 2000 magnum primers. There was plenty of powder in various sizes, but certain powders were not available in all sizes. Plenty of shotgun wads, hulls and rifle/pistol brass in various calibers. Remember, this show generally has only the single dedicated reloading vendor.

EBRs were there to be bought, and prices have subsided a bit. They're still ridiculous compared to a year ago, but better. There was ammo in most popular calibers, and those prices, in the overall view, have subsided somewhat as well.

My reloading lady commented that all the panic buying was going to ruin the industry. She's afraid that she may have to start canceling her attendance at shows, because people aren't buying reloading supplies without primers.

I kind-sorta agree with her. This incessant "Obama might do this" and "Obama might do that" that I'm seeing all over the Intertubz is not only wearing thin (Hey, let's stop obsessing about the possibility that he might go out gun grabbing and worry qbout the fact that he's trashing the economy, huh?), but is driving the panic buying. First it was EBRs, magazines and ammo. Now it's primers. I'm also seeing a shortage of reloading presses, for cryin' out loud.

Wait until we get a panic over food availability. Folks, that one is going to be a real hoot.)

Friday, March 13, 2009

Woo-Hoo! More Jericho!

(Via Slice of Sci-Fi)

We're going to get some more of our favorite apocalyptic TV series, but in comic book form.

The line forms behind me.

Poverty is big business

Case in point.

A well publicized report this week that an estimated 1.5 million American children experienced homelessness in 2005-06 did not use the federal definition of homelessness. Instead, it used a different definition that grossly inflated the actual number.

The report — released Tuesday by the National Center on Family Homelessness and reported by numerous news organizations, including FOXNews.com — estimated that one out of every 50 children in America experienced "homelessness" during that two-year span.

But rather than using the definition of homelessness established by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, the Massachusetts-based organization used a standard adopted by the Department of Education that includes children who are "doubled up," or children who share housing with other persons due to economic hardship or similar reason.

The difference? About 1,170,000 children.

You have to wonder how many other studies out there of similar "quality" are used to extort extract obtain funding from taxpayers for unnecessary programs.

And he reached forth his staff over Wall Street...

Calmed the roiling financial waters and declared "that the national crisis is 'not as bad as we think"'.

Whew! I fell all better now. I'm sure the Coworker will feel better too. You see, her husband was laid off 2 weeks ago, and she's been a little worried lately. You know, mortgage, kids in college and so on. But once I tell her The Obama says things aren't that bad, I'm sure she'll rush right off to sing his praises and start supporting the consumer economy again.

Good Lord, but this guy is a dick.

A firearm in every home?

(Vis the Drudge Report)

We may got to that point very soon if things keep up. Gun and ammo sales are at an all-time high in the midst of the worst economy in decades. Who do we have to thank for that? Democrats and their Bringer of Hope and Change.

"What's happened is everybody is afraid because the Democrats are anti-gun," said David Stone, president of Dong's Guns and Ammo on East Admiral Place.

Many of those who bought into the Socialist in Chief's protestations that he supports the Second Amendment are now figuring that out, much to their dismay. They're out there in the stores with the rest of us, getting what they can while they can. While they've been "had", they'll never admit it. I hope they remember this when the next elections roll around, but I'm not holding my breath. American voters have a notoriously short memory and a shorter attention span.

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Paging Mr. Galt...Paging Mr. John Galt.

My point: reading a book has become a groundbreaking event in this time and place. No one reads anymore. If you have ten pierced things stuck in your face, and your body has been assaulted by a tattoo artist, no one notices anything unusual. If you read a book, people are wonderstruck. You become an object of curiosity.

Pray for the Republic, because it may be all we have left. People who can not--will-not--continue their education on their own are doomed, and they will drag us down with them.

I should note that Son is just like this. Born into a family of readers, he'll only pick up a book if forced. He can read just fine, and his comprehension is good. He's a relatively smart kid. He just doesn't care to read. None of us understand it.

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

da-da, dum, dum, dum

Another one bites the dust.

Mounting bipartisan pressure led Charles "Chas" W. Freeman Jr. to withdraw Tuesday as head of the body that prepares U.S. intelligence estimates, as questions mounted over Mr. Freeman's ties to Saudi Arabia and China.

It seems that Team Obama is still having issues with that vetting thing. You have to wonder what they're thinking about--or if they're thinking at all.

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Some Change

Well, it's definitely back to typical Democrat foreign policy after a long hiatus. Harass one of our unarmed ships in international waters and we'll back off supporting one of our allies whom you don't happen to approve of. Sweet.

Monday, March 09, 2009

Basic Economics FAIL

CNBC columnist Erik Sorenson thinks that a federal government hiring boom is a good thing that may keep the economy humming along for decades.

*groan* Not happenin', cap'n. Unlike the private sector, government employees do not produce--they are a consumption drain on the productive portions of the economy. Mr. Sorenson, if you need a brush-up on the topic, please try this.

Sunday, March 08, 2009

It's a party!

And we're all invited. The Pirate Teach clues you in on the Raleigh (NC) Tea Party, Saturday March 21.

The. Best. Obama. Rant. Ever.

(Via Timebomb 2000)

If I hear one more person point out that Obama is the president and that it’s our duty to support him, I just might run amok.

A swing and a hit...it's along fly ball...deep center field...it's going...going...it's outta here!

"Tepid"? That's pretty polite.

(Via Timebomb 2000 and Roger's Rules)



I also notice that the Evil Bush did not require "hail to the Chief" to make his entrance. Perhaps The Obama was afraid that he would be mistaken for someone else?

Swallow your drink

Then click.

I'm afraid we'll see more of this

(Via FOXNews)

Two soldiers were shot dead last night and two others were seriously injured as dissident republicans are believed to have brought violence back to the streets of Northern Ireland.

Britain under Nu-Labor appears weak. The wolves, always watchful, will begin probing and testing. Will Britain under Brown show the same resolve as Britain under Thatcher?

"Quick, let's surrender before we win"

(Via the Drudge Report)

Once again, Democrats advocate surrender over victory. Unfortunately, this time the charge is lead by the Head Democrat:

Asked if the United States was winning in Afghanistan, a war he effectively adopted as his own last month by ordering an additional 17,000 troops sent there, Obama replied flatly, "No."

That doesn't sound much like Change to me--it sounds more like the same old leftisist tripe we've endured before.

Additionally, the Whiner in Chief is beginning to find out that the buck really does stop with him:

"Look, I wish I had the luxury of just dealing with a modest recession or just dealing with health care or just dealing with energy or just dealing with Iraq or just dealing with Afghanistan," Obama said.

This is starting to sound uncomfortably like the story about the dog that finally caught the car he was chasing.