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:

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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.