Saturday, December 31, 2011

Armed self defense


So does the Castle Doctrine. Bad Guys, the rules have changed.

Going out with a bang

I've mentioned Holy Smoke before, but thought I would again after I ran across this article in one of the local fishwraps.

When he dies, Clem Parnell expects his soul to ascend heavenward. He wants his ashes to be loaded into a shotgun shell and blasted at a turkey. “I will rest in peace knowing that the last thing that turkey will see is me screaming at him at about 900 feet per second,” said Parnell, 59.

Read more here:
When he dies, Clem Parnell expects his soul to ascend heavenward. He wants his ashes to be loaded into a shotgun shell and blasted at a turkey.

“I will rest in peace knowing that the last thing that turkey will see is me screaming at him at about 900 feet per second,” said Parnell, 59.

Clem, that some visual you're leaving us with, my man.
When he dies, Clem Parnell expects his soul to ascend heavenward. He wants his ashes to be loaded into a shotgun shell and blasted at a turkey. “I will rest in peace knowing that the last thing that turkey will see is me screaming at him at about 900 feet per second,” said Parnell, 59

Read more here:
When he dies, Clem Parnell expects his soul to ascend heavenward. He wants his ashes to be loaded into a shotgun shell and blasted at a turkey. “I will rest in peace knowing that the last thing that turkey will see is me screaming at him at about 900 feet per second,” said Parnell, 59

Read more here:
When he dies, Clem Parnell expects his soul to ascend heavenward. He wants his ashes to be loaded into a shotgun shell and blasted at a turkey. “I will rest in peace knowing that the last thing that turkey will see is me screaming at him at about 900 feet per second,” said Parnell, 59.

Read more here:
he dies, Clem Parnell expects his soul to ascend heavenward. He wants his ashes to be loaded into a shotgun shell and blasted at a turkey. “I will rest in peace knowing that the last thing that turkey will see is me screaming at him at about 900 feet per second,” said Parnell, 59.

Read more here:
When he dies, Clem Parnell expects his soul to ascend heavenward. He wants his ashes to be loaded into a shotgun shell and blasted at a turkey. “I will rest in peace knowing that the last thing that turkey will see is me screaming at him at about 900 feet per second,” said Parnell, 59.

Read more here:
When he dies, Clem Parnell expects his soul to ascend heavenward. He wants his ashes to be loaded into a shotgun shell and blasted at a turkey. “I will rest in peace knowing that the last thing that turkey will see is me screaming at him at about 900 feet per second,” said Parnell, 59.

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Friday, December 30, 2011

Rule 4 applies, even during deer season

Or perhaps, especially during deer season.

Investigators said the victim was walking down a road near his home when his 62-year-old neighbor mistook him for a deer and shot him with a high-powered rifle.

The shooting has been ruled accidental.

Doesn't sound like an accident to me. Sounds a lot closer to negligent homicide.


(I'm indulging in some in-state blogging. Bear with me....)

It may be a small school, but it's a start.

Liberty University officials said dozens of students and faculty have applied to carry guns on campus since the school changed its weapons policy in November.

University officials said they have received 64 applications - 26 from students and 28 from faculty.

Window washer channels Steve McQueen, right down to the Mare's Leg.

A local window cleaner said he washes windows with a gun strapped to his hip.

Greensboro resident Larry Lash said he is a fan of Steve McQueen and his TV show, "Wanted Dead or Alive."

The show ran on CBS from 1958 to 1961.Lash, 61, has a replica of a cut down 1892 Winchester, similar to the one McQueen used in his show.

Choke on it, Brady Bunch.

But math is *hard*!

(Via SurvivalBlog)

As we enter 2012, the presidential candidates would do well to wrap their minds and messages around these seven mathematical facts:

Of course, doing so would require thought in "longer than sound bite" portions, which is something, from all appearances, that the majority of the candidates are incapable of. The two that can seem to have the seeds of self-destruction built into them, and I don't care for that much.

Perhaps we just just resign ourselves to to another 4 years of FAIL. It may have to get even worse before we can get ourselves a really good candidate.

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Anyone remember

If you been around the Intertubz long enough to know what the Jargon File is, then you'll surely remember the rumors surrounding a program named Carnivore. Supposedly, the NSA had a sort of "super Carnivore" (known as the "line eater") that trolled through the entire Intertubz full of emails, Usenet posts and so on searching for key words that might indicate some nefarious doings. Most people considered it unlikely based on the (then) seemingly huge amount of data to be scanned and the state of computing power available.

So here we are, nearly in 2012, and the rumor is back, this time with the Department of Homeland Security Theater as the star.

And it seems a lot more likely this time around. It may be time to dust off that old Echelon key words and get it updated so we can all start salting a few of them through each email, forum posts and so on--just so the line eater doesn't go hungry. Hey--maybe I finally found a use for the blogger feature "labels for this post"!

Of course, I don't think I'm going to need to do it with this post. Excuse me, there's a knock at the door.... :-)

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

The plural of "anecdote" is not "data"

This hit piece on concealed carry permittees needs a thorough fisking, but not right now, as I'm kind of busy. On a quick read, it seems to do nothing more than trot out this story and that and then invite the reader to over-generalize. Not that I expect anything better from the lame-stream media when it comes to guns.

Edit 12/29/2011, 1233: GRNC takes it apart for us.

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

You want proof the Republicans don't get it?

(Via the Drudge Report)

Conservatives and Republican elites in the state are divided over who to support for the GOP nomination, but they almost uniformly express concern over the prospect that Ron Paul and his army of activist supporters may capture the state’s 2012 nominating contest — an outcome many fear would do irreparable harm to the future role of the first-in-the-nation caucuses.

Is Ron Paul my perfect candidate? No. While I like a lot of his domestic agenda, there are aspects of his stance on foreign policy that I just don't see as workable in the 21st century.

However, out of all that are running, he's the closest thing to my perfect candidate, and I don't think I'm alone in that position.

Can he beat Obama? Absolutely, given the right circumstances and organization. A lot of folks are feed up with both "ends" of the alleged political spectrum, and are approaching desperation for a candidate that reflects their views--and they aren't listening to the party or the media any longer. But it will be an uphill battle with the media and the Republican party against him.

But no matter what, I'm going on the record that this election is, one way or the other, rigged against us. Prepare accordingly.

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Another "Go read"

Gore, Blood, Climate Change, Socialism, Fascism, Capitalism, lots of -isms. And interesting to boot. Another book or two on the list to be read...sometime.

Sadly, more proof

The murder of Eve Carson points out a lot of things in our society. One of them is that the unarmed innocents have no chance at all when confronted by the armed criminal who is prepared to kill.

I've been following this story since, in the far past, I resided in Chapel Hill. While a serious hotbed of leftist/liberal silliness, I enjoyed my time there. I remember it as the place where I could walk on sidewalks and ride my bike without fear of anything more than the occasional dog and the omnipresent traffic. Obviously, the intervening years have not been kind.

This article in the Raleigh News and Observer contains a single line that has echoed in my mind more than anything else I've read about this case. Hours after Eve Carson was abducted, robbed and shot to death, one of her roommates arrived home and was suspicious that something was wrong.

He walked through the house, his car keys positioned in his hand to jab at intruders, calling out for his roommates.

Car keys against guns. That's even worse than the old joke about bringing a knife to a gun fight.

As we watch the continuing degradation of our society, the need to have the instant ability and willingness to defend ones life and property is becoming more and more obvious to those paying even partial attention. Laws that infringe on that right are not only Constitutionally suspect but morally bankrupt. Politicians who propose or support them are equally so.

The new job that I mentioned some time back comes with one serious drawback--by Federal law, I am not able to have a gun on the premises. This is a change from the old employer, where I could at least have it in my car. I believe that this law is wrong. It puts me in the position of obeying a law that is morally wrong, or breaking that law and facing time in a Federal penitentiary and losing most of my civil rights.

Like most other gun owners, I'm going to obey the law. No gun. I will, however, have every other means of self defense that I can legally have--a legally sized knife to open boxes with, a pepper gel projector with which I can defend myself against roving animals as I walk from building to building, a bright light with which to find my way in the event of a power failure. My situational awareness will have to be ON--all the time.

I will work as hard as possible to have stupid laws such as the one that bars me, one who has been trained, photographed, fingerprinted and background checked, from doing that which any criminal now does with impunity and little fear of arrest.

And I will remember Eve Carson, and her roommate with his keys.

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Buying time

In the midst of the 1200+ pages of budget bill, there is a note that no tax monies may be used to implement or enforce the idiotic incandescent light bulb ban. Until next September.

Hey--it's something.

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

As it should be

Police said Tuesday no charges will be filed against an off-duty firefighter who fatally shot a man believed to be stealing a trailer.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg police said the shooter's actions "did not rise to the level of criminal conduct" in the death of James David Lambert, 41. Authorities said Lambert accelerated his truck in the direction of the firefighter, who had stepped out of his car to try to detain the man.

What's sad is that there was ever any question of charges being filed.

"Atlas Shrugged" was a Warning, not a Manual: Looting via legislation

At some point in the recent past, Lowes made a decision that I'm confident they now really, really regret--they decided to sponsor the TLC TV show "All-American Muslim".

After catching substantial static, they decided to withdraw their sponsorship. As a private corporation, they have that right, just as they had the right to sponsor it in the first place.

Looters in Congress are upset.

A Michigan congressman spoke out against the company's decision Sunday, saying the company is "upholding the beliefs of a fringe hate group."

Yes, Lowes customers, you are now part of a "fringe hate group". Congratulations, and welcome to the crowd. Meetings are the second Tuesday of the month--you'll be notified of the location closest to you at the appropriate time.

Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN) also said Lowe's is choosing to disregard the First Amendment.

Mr. Ellison should be removed from office now for terminal failure to understand the Constitution that he swore to uphold and defend. The First Amendment applies to the Federal government. Via the doctrine of incorporation, it also applies to the states. It does not apply to private businesses or individuals.

However, the Big Red Stamp-o-FAIL goes to California Sen. Ted Lieu, who is threatening legislative action if Lowe's doesn't apologize to the offended Muslims and reinstate the ads on the show.

There's enough FAIL there that we may actually be able to witness it's implosion into a FAIL Hole, an item long postulated by physics but as yet unobserved. A Fail Hole sucks in all reasonable thought that comes too near, pulling into a place from which there is no escape. You know, sort of like California, but more intense.

Somewhere in the corporate bowels of Lowes, there is some poor soul who approved this decision, trying to figure out how they will live on unemployment until this is forgotten. I have to wonder if they were involved in New Coke as well?

Saturday, December 10, 2011

"Atlas Shrugged" was a Warning, not a Manual: Climate Courts

The similarities between the fictional world of Atlas Shrugged and the things we see in our everyday lives are getting to be downright scarey.

Take the United Nations (please!) for example. It seems the majority of the members think that its best use is as a vehicle to loot its most productive members. Case in point:

U.N. Floats Global 'Climate Court' to Enforce Emissions Rules

Yep. First they want to restrict our civil rights and tax us--now they want to take us to court.

Someone let me know when the lights go out in New York.

Thursday, December 08, 2011

I am so torn


The Kel-Tec PF9 has been my everyday carry gun for some time now. It's solid yet unpretentious, and it has the cardinal attribute of all good carry guns--it goes "BANG!" every time I shoot it. It's inexpensive, enough so that you can afford two or three for the price of some its pricier (although quite nice) competition.

It's drawback, like every other small 9mm pistol, is that it is unpleasant to shoot if you shoot more than 50-75 rounds at a time. All of these guns are really meant to be "carried a lot and shot a little".

Apparently some Kel-Tec engineers decided to remedy that by producing a .22 conversion kit for the PF9. My sole issue, being the cheap-ass I can be at times, is that the kit is $200, and an extra mag takes it to $235. Given that this is roughly what I can buy a PF9 for, I'm really having a hard time justifying the purchase--especially since I've bought a lot of gunnie stuff in the past couple of months.

So help a brother out--give me some good rationalizations I can use on myself. :-)

Wednesday, December 07, 2011

Sunday, December 04, 2011

"Atlas Shrugged" was a Warning, not a Manual: Cain and Palin

(Via the Drudge Report)

It appears to me that, as Sarah Palin was before him, Herman Cain has been the victim of a left-media coalition designed to silence him as a political person. I hereby coin a verb for this sort of tactic--he has been "Palined"

Allow me to make a prediction, which is actually a synthesis of several other folks I've read or heard--Newt Gingrich will also fall prey to this tactic, as will every other candidate on the Republican side save one, Romney. We will get Romney (also known as Obama Lite) as the Republican Presidential nominee. Then he will be attacked more subtly, based on "questions" about his "controversial" Mormon religion. Obama will be win by another slim margin that will be hailed as a "landslide"

Folks, we're about to be "McCained". Prepare for the consequences.

Saturday, December 03, 2011

Slow(er) blogging likely

My already reduced posting pace may be getting slower for some time to come. Outside of being in the midst of the holiday season (My aching wallet!), yesterday was the culmination of a quest that has lasted several years--I have found gainful employment in the private sector and have turned in my notice at my government job! Yes, one less leach siphoning off the body public--at least until they hire a replacement.

I took the job many years ago, when the group I worked for generally flew below the notice of those in the state's seat of power and was largely self-funding (through the sale of tickets to what is essentially a tourist attraction owned by the government). As time passed, the nature of the funding largely changed, and with government money came the inevitable government strings--to the point that, about 3 years ago, I found myself unwilling transferred from those for whom I had always worked for to another group, peopled in large part by idiots who did not care if they gave good service or not. (In other words, typical government employees.)

The new job is in a very different area of endeavor. For me, it's a promotion, a pay raise, somewhat better benefits, a loss of a retirement plan (hey, no pain, no gain), more responsibility and a much nicer environment to work in. I get an office to myself!

I'm currently working my notice, and will shortly be transitioning to the new employer. That means some long hours are in store, my family obligations will be slighted and so on. Slower blogging will be a part of that situation.

However, I'm really enthused about this move. It always felt funny to be against big government yet be a part of it. Now, I'm going to be able to bellow loud and long about it, and not feel a little like a hypocrite.

Just as soon a I get settled in, get my feet under me and get things organized.

(Take a pass on the political baggage associated with the song and you'll get what I mean.)

Free money!

No, not the kind currently being generated by central banks the world over. This kind comes the old-fashioned way--extracted from the citizenry for a "crime" that effects no one but the offender.

Like they say, "Click it or help close the budget gap"...or something along those lines.

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

California East is a bit less California starting tomorrow

And it's about freaking time that North Carolina's mish-mash of self-defense laws were normalized.

Changes to the state’s Castle Doctrine Law that take effect Thursday do not require people to run before they fight back with a gun. The law expands the use of reasonable deadly force to include cars and workplaces if a person under attack fears imminent death or serious bodily harm.

And in a "sorta" nod to the recent passage of an act to mandate national recognition of concealed carry licenses in the same way that we not recognize drivers licenses, North Carolina will also recognize your concealed carry permit no matter what state you got it in--and no matter whether or not that state recognizes ours.

Now, if we can get the silliness involving carrying during "declared emergencies" (like snow storms) and carrying in places where alcohol is consumed addressed, we'll be really on the road to normalizing things. Dare I hope for carry on school grounds, a la our neighbor Virginia?

Be still my beating heart!

Monday, November 28, 2011

Some idiots have entirely too much time on their hands

(Via The Email List That Shall Remain Nameless)

Locked up in the bowels of the medical faculty building here and accessible to only a handful of scientists lies a man-made flu virus that could change world history if it were ever set free.

The virus is an H5N1 avian influenza strain that has been genetically altered and is now easily transmissible between ferrets, the animals that most closely mimic the human response to flu. Scientists believe it's likely that the pathogen, if it emerged in nature or were released, would trigger an influenza pandemic, quite possibly with many millions of deaths.

While I'm all for science and scientific research, just what in the hell is is going through your mind that leads you to create something like this? Don't tell me that you had to create the monster in order to kill it; because my credibility just doesn't stretch that far.

I obviously don't have all the details, and I probably don't have 1/100th the education I'd need to understand them if I did. But based on what I'm reading, this guy and his disease both need to be locked up in a deep, dark hole. Together. Overly-educated, irresponsible fool. People like this could quite literally be the death of us all.

And to make it worse, you can't get the jinn back in the bottle now.

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Santa and Machine Guns?

I am so there!

AAR--the Hickory Gun Show, Son and Old Buddy (Look! A new character!) journeyed to Hickory, NC to hit the Hickory Gun Show. Even though it meant getting up early on a Sunday (an unnatural act for me if there ever was one) and driving 90 minutes, it was worth it.

Because I got 60 rounds of 6.5 x 53R ammo for my Dad's Dutch Mannlicher! Hens' teeth are more common. 40 rounds is original military Berdan primed nasty old corrosive stuff, 20 rounds is new (-ish) production Boxer primed. I'm hoping the old stuff will generate useable brass when disassembled. Even if it is Berdan, it can be reloaded if you're willing to go through the trouble. And if the brass is useable. We'll see how it goes.

I'm willing to do it for this gun. Not just because it was my Dad's, but because of the story behind it. Somewhere in Europe during World War II, that gun was used to kill a GI, one of the men in my Dad's unit. My Dad killed the guy using it and relieved him of the gun, then toted the thing around until he could get it back home. So this gun comes with some amazing baggage both good and bad.

The wood is banged up, the bore is pitted beyond belief, but the few times I've been able to shoot it it has been highly accurate and quite pleasant to shoot.

But that's neither here nor there. I'd keep this gun without a single piece of useable brass or a round of ammunition. The reason is the same reason I like old guns--it has a story. And unlike so many of the old guns I own, I know this gun's story. And that is precious beyond words.

I was also fortunate enough to pick up an holster for J frame that needed one from a local source I didn't know was out there, MTR Custom Leather. Nothing groundbreaking in terms of design or features, just a good solid holster at a good price. This one is for having the J-frame handy when around the house, should I feel the need.

So all that, plus an excellent burger for lunch. Made for a pretty good day.

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Off to the gun show

Well, we will be tomorrow, at any rate. Hello, Hickory!

Not looking for anything in particular, except a magazine or three for the Olympic repro of the Whitney Wolverine. Some Federal Hydrashok ammo in .45 ACP. Maybe an interesting book. A good paddle holster for a J-frame Smith.

Like I said, not looking for anything in particular. :-)

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Global Systemic FAIL

(Via the Smallest Minority)

I have a saying that I use a lot. It may not be original to me.

"Being stupid hurts. It's supposed to hurt. The pain teaches you not to be stupid any more."

Decades of taking the wealth of the productive class and transferring it to the non-productive class can, I firmly believe, be classified as stupid. And the pain is coming soon.

Another of the great SF writers is gone

(Via Middle of the Right)

This is getting to be a depressing thing, my occasional noting of the science fiction writers whom I have read and who are now going to write no more.

The latest is Anne McCaffrey. I read a number of her Pern novels along with The Ship Who Sang. I haven't read any of her work in a very long time, as my tastes have changed over the years. However, I'm always going to remember afternoons on the back porch, reading her and the others.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Proof that age <> wisdom

"Those with criminal intent are not going to be deterred by placing a sign at the front door or by declaring the prohibition of concealed weapons."

Now, those of us who have been fighting for our rights for a couple of decades could all tell you that. But those are the words of the 24-year-old mayor of La Crosse, WI, Matt Harter, when he vetoed an ordinance to ban guns from city property. On the down side, it appears that the council can override that veto.

Not only are we winning, but we need to recruit this guy for a run at a higher office.

Methinks thou doest project too much

Read an amazingly juvenile...something...on the subject of guns at the Raleigh News and Observer. Comments seem to be out of order (this is my shocked face), but he conveniently includes his email address. Feel free to prove that gun owners are better people than he.

It seems we've pinned down the difference between liberals and everyone else

(Original link (now broken) aia the Drudge Report)

Everyone else apparently has a conscience. Who'da thunk it?

Monday, November 21, 2011


I've been busy dealing with a real-world feces outbreak, but I have been keeping up with the news. One of the stories that I find endlessly funny is the "failure" of the congressional super-duper committee, which was allegedly going to deal with our lack of fiscal discipline at the national level.

I'm curious--did anyone think this was going to actually work? Politicians are as addicted to spending other people's money as a crack ho is to crack (and usually just about as desperate for their fix). This thing had FAIL written all over it from day one.

It's also been pointed out in various places that the whole $1.2 trillion in cuts over 10 years aren't really cuts--they're simply reductions in the rate of growth of spending.

I'd suggest keeping a very careful eye on things. Addicts will do incredibly stupid and desperate things when their supply is cut off. And they have a year to do it in.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Honest officer! We were all in the back seat!

No one was driving!

Put your best thumb forward has an interesting article/video on a "thumbs forward" grip to improve your pistol shooting. Given my accuracy with a pistol, I'm going to give it a try. I'm not sure I can suck any worse....

"Chu: Taxpayers Unlikely to Recover Much From Solyndra Loan"

So sayeth the headline at FoxNews.

Of course not. Looters don't repay their victims. Did the Bringer of Light not teach you that when you were appointed, Mr. Chu?

I bet it's going to suck to be an Occupier...

In New York City within 24 hours. You don't mess with the cops, morons.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Kahr CM9 vs. PM9: doing the math

Guns .com takes a look at the Kahr CM9 and it's pricier sibling, the PM9 in terms of price per unit of performance. Short version? Go cheap, young man.

Diodes and triodes and pentodes, oh my!

This day in Nineteen Hundred and Ought Four, British engineer John Ambrose Fleming invents and patents the thermionic valve, the first vacuum tube.

And from that humble beginning flows all of modern electronics, all the way to the things that make my rantings on the Internet possible. One wonders what Mr. Fleming would think of that? :-)

The sound of freedom

Urbanites "freak out" over it.

Well, they're going to need to get over it. While I don't care for the government owning any land outside of that needed for government buildings (of which we have entirely too many), the anti-civil rights forces need to understand that "public" means "all the public"--not just the ones who are riding their $2500 mountain bikes. Our money was confiscated to help buy and maintain these lands, so we get to use them as well.

Push back, people. At some point, this bright idea is going to be opened for public comment. Make sure you're a part of the "public" that comments.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Well, not exactly my style, but...

(Via Gun Talk)

Many women who wish to carry a concealed weapon face a big problem--how? For men, it's not so bad. We wear pants and belts, so we get larger pants and heavier belts, and go to an inside the waistband (IWB) holster. Or we get a heavier belt and leave our shirt tails out and just carry on our belt. Or we buy a bunch of Hawaiian shirts (my favorite in summer). Or we dream up something else. Point being that we males have lots of options.

For the average woman, not so much. Many women wear clothes that do not lend to these practices, I'm happy to say. However, they still want to protect themselves. Up until now, they had few choices, the most "popular" of which were handbags that appeared to be designed by guys who wanted a damn strong bag to carry that gun in. I've seen more attractive stuff in a saddlery shop. (I'm not picking on these folks; they just had the misfortune to be the first example Google brought up. There are plenty out there who are just as...unfeminine.)

Enter Designer Concealed Carry. Handbags that look like what my wife or daughter carry, but with those extra features necessary for those who carry a pistol in one. Not cheap, but quality rarely is. If you're a female in the market, or you know one who is, this may be a good option for them to check out.

Can someone explain to me

Why in the hell US taxpayers are spending $50 million to provide security for a political convention? Let the political parties foot the bill for their festivities.

OK then...

A half-dozen protesters were arrested Tuesday morning outside the Bank of America corporate headquarters building while demonstrating against the bank's financing of coal projects.

OK geniuses, if you don't like coal, let me tell you what you can do to help:


Yeah, it's that simple. 57% of electricity used in the US is generated by burning coal. So if you stop using it, you're going a long way toward ending the problem. But you have to totally stop. No fair leaching power from other folks by using their fridge, or washing machine. You want hot water for a bath or whatever, then build a fire. (O-o-oh, greenhouse gases...guess that doesn't work either. Hope the sun is shining.) So on and so forth.

Ready to do whatever you must to save Mother Earth?

I didn't think so.

Monday, November 14, 2011

What she said

"Libertarian" Does Not Mean "Extreme Republican"

Not another gun I want to see!

I was over at GunsAmerica looking at something else (well, OK, it was the Springfield XD(M) 5.25 test if you just have to know) and ran across this review of the Walther PPS. Seeing that it's gun show season, this might be one to keep an eye open for if you're looking for a 9mm pocket pistol.

Just what I needed--another gun I'd like to have a look at.

Well, at least there will be plenty of jesters for the carnival

(Via the Drudge Report)

Protesters hope to shut down Wall Street on Thursday -- home to the New York Stock Exchange -- by holding a street carnival to mark the two-month anniversary of their campaign against economic inequality.

And judging from other reports, plenty of other flora and fauna as well. Pass me the popcorn, will ya?

Wednesday, November 09, 2011

Big woop

OK, so the big Emergency Alert System test was scheduled for 2 PM today, and I made a point of being tuned into a broadcast media outlet for it. And you know what I got a 2 PM?

The local news.

Another well-run government program success story.

Sunday, November 06, 2011

A leading indicator

(News story link via the Drudge Report)

There are certain signs of a civilization in decline. One of the most unmistakeable seems to be a rise in antisemitism. No one really knows the root of the deep-seated hatred aimed at Jews, although many claim to.

They killed Jesus! They have all the money! Rothschilds, Bildeburgers and bears, oh my!

Yeah, not buying the BS, there. If the Jews really ran the world, they are even more incompetent (or if we're to believe some, more Machiavellian) than the Big Zero hisself.

Antisemitism is on the rise in the US, among many other places This is never a good thing, and may well be a harbinger of even worse things to come.

God save us from a future like The Turner Diaries. (Link only for the strong of stomach. I've actually read the book. It is...disturbing in a very profound manner.)

Saturday, November 05, 2011

Want to see how people will react when TSHTF?

(Via the Drudge Report)

Here's the Girl Scout Picnic version.

Bear in mind that these folks know that help is out there and people are working 24x7 on the problem. Bear in mind that there are places where the power is on that they can go to for shelter. Bear in mind that the affected area is relatively contained.

Imagine they would act if it were the whole country (or world) and there was no help on the way--ever.

Got preps?

If you break a lightbulb

(Via the Drudge Report and with apologies to Jeff Foxworthy)

You might just be a terrorist. Or you might just be a panicky postal employee. Hard to tell them apart some days.

That we breed such men as these

One man on Iwo Jima:

Yet for four hours on Feb. 23 of that year, his courage went beyond ordinary valor: He strapped on a 70-pound flamethrower and took out seven fortified pillboxes – loaded with Japanese troops – so that stalled Marines could advance across the island.

And remember, after that performance he fought on to the end of the battle.

Friday, November 04, 2011

Amen, brother!

In an article on how much money people lose waiting for the repair guy to show up and fix their broken crap, there's a discussion of the Domino's Pizza Pizza Tracker, and it leads to a discussion of why more companies don't have something similar. That leads us to this gem:

“I want an animation of a FedEx worker scanning my new camera from Amazon for explosives. Or the package falling off a truck. Or the guys at the UPS depot using a box of wedding photos as a soccer ball.”

Gunny T-shirts

(Via Claire Wolfe)


I gotta have the Garand one.


(Via the Drudge Report)

You can add tickets for "inches over the stop line" to the "1 MPH over the speed limit" tickets as a new and innovative way for governments to enhance their revenues.

Logging chain and a big trailer hitch. Just sayin'.

Easy fix

A 14-year-old Florida student who hugged his friend was suspended as a result of his middle school's zero-tolerance no-hugging policy, reported.

You know, I wonder how the school would react if all the students just decided to start hugging each other all the time? Do you suppose the kids might consider that in their future behavior?

And don't even get me started on these stupid "zero intelligence tolerance" policies.

Thursday, November 03, 2011

"paper money is a crime"

Well, yeah--but you should read the whole thing. It sounds a bit Occupy Wall Streetish in a few places, but it's worth it.

Tuesday, November 01, 2011

Well that didn't take long

Not even as long as I had expected.

Wheels Come Off Euro Plan in Just Five Days

I see nothing, and I do mean nothing, that gives me any indication that the current economic problems will be solved in the next 3-5 years. Unfortunately, I'm seeing things that tell me that our current bad times may go on for quite a while further.

A funny thing happened this weekend while talking to a casual acquaintance. The talk came around to politics--he is a serious Libertarian, running for a local office. We were discussing the current situation, and would you like to know what his best advice was?

"Are you planning on a garden next year? Have you done anything with solar? You need to get moving on these."

Monday, October 31, 2011

Hey! Anyone seen a gun blog around here?

It's been too long since we talked about guns. It's been too long since I bought a new gun, and too long since I managed to get to the range.

So we're going to fix all of that, and have a mini-review at the same time.

Ladies and gentle men, please meet the Springfield XD(M) in .45 ACP. As those with good eyes might be able to tell, this is the 4 1/2" barrel version. (Sorry for the crappy picture; all I had handy was the cell phone.)

I bought this particular gun for several reasons. First, it's in the manly caliber of .45 ACP. While my normal carry gun is a 9mm, and while I don't feel under-gunned with it, I don't feel over-gunned with a .45. In this respect, I'm reminded of something Tom Greshem said recently about the 9mm and the quality of the self-defense ammo available today--"If it doesn't expand, it's still a 9mm." To which I answer that if it doesn't expand, the .45 makes a larger hole than a 9. That can't hurt (me, anyway) and it might help.

(Parenthetically, let me comment on why, with that line of thought, I carry a 9mm. It's because it's a Kel-Tec PF9--a mouse gun. While I can control it just fine and can dump the entire magazine into a torso-size target in about 3-4 seconds from 15 yards without a miss, I can't do that with a small .45, Thus, when I carry small, which is most of the time, I carry a 9mm.)

The second reason is that I wanted it to take a class with. That class, unfortunately, has canceled. Oh darn, I guess I still bought a new gun. :-)

Third is that I've wanted one for a while, and Springfield is currently having a good promo in which I get 3 extra mags and another mag carrier. This gives me a total of 5 13 round magazines to go with the gun. Considering that I paid the normal price for the gun from a local dealer, that means I get free magazines--always a plus. Sometimes procrastination works for you.

Forth, since this gun is intended for carry, I wanted no manual safety. (One less thing to screw up when you're under maximum stress.) The XD(M), like the XD before it, has no manual safety but does have a grip safety built in. I've been ragged by Glockists for this preference, and while I understand that the best safety is between my ears, a little extra help couldn't hurt. The grip safety is that little extra.

So, last week Mr. Cash Money and myself showed up on said dealer's doorstep, and myself and Mr. Springfield left. The weekend was too busy to consider range time, but today was a "me day", in which I allowed myself some well-deserved play time.

The first task was to strip the gun, clean it and be sure it was lubed properly. Takedown is simple. Drop the mag, rack the slide and lock it. Check for a round in the chamber, then flip the takedown lever. In an improvement over the XD and many other striker-fired pistols, you do not have to run the slide forward and then pull the trigger to complete removal of the slide--you simply guide it off with your hand. Sweet.

Once the slide is off, flip it over and carefully remove the guide rod and recoil spring. Be careful, it's a stout spring, and you don't want to damage it, you or the gun. And if it gets away from you, it could wind up anywhere. Then remove the barrel and you're done. Very simple. Reassembly is the reverse, and equally simple.

Cleaned and lubed, I loaded the magazines. Here comes my biggest gripe about this gun. While it's possible to fully load one of the 13 round magazines with only your hands and the fingers thereof, it's painful. Springfield thoughtfully includes a device to help (you can see it on the left side of the above photo), but I don't care for the idea of magazines that require a tool before one can load them completely. In a survival situation, lose that tool and you may find yourself slack loading your magazines. Some smart fellow ought to apply himself and see if he can design magazines that work without that level of spring pressure.

At the range, the gun proved more accurate than I am (unsurprising, as I'm a long gun guy). I couldn't get the pistol bay I wanted, the cool one with all of those metal targets conveniently shaped just like human torsos, so I had to content myself with what I call "zombie target practice"--shooting at 8 inch falling plates on the machines in another bay. This meant that I could not really gauge how easy it was to control recoil when double-tapping. I think it will be manageable, however. At a guess, I'd say the gun recoils less than my 1911, and I can double-tap that one on torsos all day long.

(Another parenthetic aside. I go for what Rob Pincus calls "combat accurate hits". While it's all great to keep everything in 3 inches from 25 yards, I'm not training for that--I'm training to save my life in a self-defense situation.)

One thing I've always thought was a good idea is that Springfield includes a decent kydex paddle holster and magazine carrier. I used that holster today, and while it isn't one that I'd want to carry all the time (not a paddle fan), it does a reasonable job for the range--good enough that I could draw (very carefully and very slowly--new gun and unfamiliar holster) from the holster for my shooting.

Fully loaded, the gun is fairly heavy, and it definitely tugs on your pants. If I want to carry this, I'm going to have to work carefully on how to be sure that the clothes on that side don't exhibit any "droop" because of the weight.

I ran 124 rounds through the gun (8 full magazines) with no failures of any sort, other than my old eyes not wanting to see the front sight so well. While I'm not ready to declare it a carryable gun just yet, I don't think that there will be a problem doing that after another trip or two.

So far, I'm a happy shooter.

Fixated? Indeed.

It has been noted to me that I have developed something of a fixation with the message of Ayn Rand's novel Atlas Shrugged. I plead guilty as charged.

In my youth, I was asked to read it as part of a college class. Like all good students will do when confronted with the task of reading a thousand-page book, I worked smarter, not harder--or so I thought at the time--and read the Cliff's Notes instead.

So for 30 years I missed out on insights I could have desperately used. Over the years, I have fought and railed against "idiots" who simply didn't seem to see how the world plainly worked. I've tried to educate fools who spent their lives lurching from one personal disaster to the next, simply because they thought they could wish their desires into reality--and always failed. I've been angry, frustrated and just generally pissed off at the entire thing. I've written off people and friendships because I simply couldn't stand to watch them self-destruct, when the answer was so plainly before them.

The audio book of the novel made it approachable for me. Sure, it takes something like 56 hours to listen to, but I spend at least 90 minutes a day driving. It was doable in a reasonable time. And I detest broadcast radio for the most part--and it gets really old listening to the engine noise and the tires on the road.

So I listened. At first it was interesting, but I couldn't see where it was going. Then is simply bursts out--the real message that Rand is sending through her writing. And I was looking for any need to drive somewhere. I started carrying the MP3 player around, listening whenever I could. I got to the end of it, and was disappointed it was over.

But I also "got it". I understand why that novel speaks to me. It seems almost as if Rand was capable of seeing into the future, reading the headlines we face every day, and decided to write a book about it.

Nah. It turns out that she isn't a seeress, but something even more rare--an acute observer of mankind.

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Let me see if I've got this straight

If I'm against Obama because I think he's a socialist/incompetent/any old reason at all, I'm a racist.

And if I'm for Herman Cain because I think he's a conservative/not a politician/any old reason at all, I'm a racist.


(Second link found at Drudge)

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Occupy Wall Street gets occupied

(Via Facebook)

It seems that the Occupy crowd has itself been occupied--by the "professional homeless" (hell of a profession).

You have to love it when the looters become the looted. I wonder if they'll get the joke?

My Big Fat Greek Haircut

(Via the Drudge Report)

Reuters is reporting that there is an agreement for the private holders of Greek bonds to take a 50% "haircut". In normal language, that means they are going to write down the value of their bond holdings by half.

Now, I'm not a financial maven, nor do I play one on TV, so take my thoughts with a grain of salt.

I'm assuming that, since the bondholders have agreed to this, it means one of two things--either they're hoping that this reduction means that they will actually get half of what they are owed, or that they were pushed into this deal to avoid something worse, such as an outright Greek default on the bonds, which would mean they get nothing.

Either way, if the EU can and will enforce reforms on the Greek state that keep them from simply borrowing more money, this might put this one little part of the great EU Debt Debacle to rest, at least for a while. However, I'm now expecting a parade of other states, such as Ireland, Portugal, Spain and Italy (for starters) to line up for an equivalent deal, which could keep the ball rolling forward, perhaps at an accelerated rate.

Because you have to wonder how many of those holders of Greek bonds own some of those from the other weak EU states as well, now don't you?

If you loved it before, you'll love it more now

The US House of Representatives is back with a newer and less palatable version of last year's Internet "anti-piracy" act.

I still get a big kick out of all the "Occupy {insert favorite location here}" crowd. They all het up about dem ebil corporations dat be takin' all our money.

I wonder just when they're going to worry about the real evil out there--the government.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

"Atlas Shrugged" was a Warning, not a Manual: How to run an Occupied world

(Via the Drudge Report)

So...if Occupied had its way, how would we all live?

We'd all communicate with hand signals to hold down the noise. We'd sleep in sleeping bags in the winter. We'd diversify, but not too many homosexual males, if you please.

We'd tie ourselves in politically correct knots and starve to death while the "general assembly" debated the best way to get loose.

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

The lack of blogging

Has been engendered by being busy...

and totally indifferent.

Things are as they have been for some time--our move toward whatever awaits us continues, and all we can do is hope our preparations are correct and enough. That, plus a certain amount of stupidity emanating from certain areas of the gun culture over an incident in Ohio leave me totally effing disinterested in saying anything else just now.

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Meanwhile, in the People's Republic of Massachusetts

Fall holidays are banned as "insensitive". Soon to be followed by a ban on the "Winter Solstice Celebration", no doubt.

Satire to be made illegal?

(Via the Drudge Report)

Only if it's satire of the TSA. I guess they're getting a bit touchy these days....

We told you the damn thing wouldn't work

(Via the Drudge Report)

It seems that the socialists are being forced to take a reality break.

But a central design flaw dogged CLASS. Unless large numbers of healthy people willingly sign up during their working years, soaring premiums driven by the needs of disabled beneficiaries would destabilize it, eventually requiring a taxpayer bailout.

After months insisting that could be fixed, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius finally acknowledged Friday she doesn't see how.

"Despite our best analytical efforts, I do not see a viable path forward for CLASS implementation at this time," Sebelius said in a letter to congressional leaders.

It seems that that whole "free money" thing isn't working out quite the way they thought it would.

I have to wonder just how well the rest of the Obama agenda is going to survive as reality continues to intrude on it. And just how the Man-Child Who Would Be King is going to react when it start unraveling.

The temper tantrums of a US President may not be pleasant.

Friday, October 14, 2011

The best thing you will read today

Most like tomorrow, and the next day; perhaps to the end of the month.
Glen's story.... a cautionary tale for shooters

Read this one carefully. There will be a test--each and every time you handle a gun.

When hoodies are banned...

(Via the Drudge Report)

Only criminals will have hoodies. Or hats, or helmets.

The Crazy Years indeed.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

We've been invaded!

By robots! That's it--that's the spaceship looking thing over there!

Seriously, though, it's Roomba 530. With 5 cats and a family who isn't all that hot on picking up after their little "accidents", I had to do something, and this is a lot less work on me than the vacuum.

At the moment, it's ensconced in it's charger. Like Chuck Norris, it doesn't sleep.

It waits.

I'm wicked, I admit it

But did he say it in a high-pitched voice?

The man accused of trying to blow up a Detroit-bound airliner with explosives hidden in his underwear pleaded guilty Wednesday and said the U.S. should "be warned."

It's heating up

I'm not trying to cover the whole Fast and Furious thing; others are doing it far better than I could. However, I do want to bring your attention to this:

Rep. Darrell Issa, chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, sent a subpoena Wednesday to Attorney General Eric Holder as part of his investigation into the gun trafficking operation known as "Fast and Furious."

"Top Justice Department officials, including Attorney General Holder, know more about Operation Fast and Furious than they have publicly acknowledged," the California Republican said in a statement. "The documents this subpoena demands will provide answers to questions that Justice officials have tried to avoid since this investigation began eight months ago. It's time we know the whole truth."

Here's hoping that when Holder is feeling the pressure good and hard, he rolls over on whoever it was above him that approved this--because there is not way that he dreamed this lunacy up all by his little lonesome.

Paging Dr. Pinero...paging Dr. Hugo Pinero...

(Via the Drudge Report)

A blood test that is either "a predictor of how long I will live, a waste of time or a handy indicator of how well (or badly) my body is ageing (sic)".

I don't think I'm going to have one anytime soon, thanks all the same.

I guess it isn't breaking and entering if the police do it

(Via the Drudge Report)

Especially if they have good intentions.

Police were willing to stir-up a little proactive controversy to warn folks they were easy targets for some very busy thieves. Any car doors they found unlocked they opened up and locked themselves for the owner. They admit they did get some angry calls from drivers — who left their keys inside their unlocked cars.

Monday, October 10, 2011

One man's gardening methodology

(Via a Facebook friend)

John Quesenberry moves deliberately along a straight row in his garden.

"This is my tiller," he said as he pulls the point of a pick. His line is straight, but his only guide is experience.

Quesenberry, 81, is stocky and determined. The point of the pick leaves dark soil and gravel in its wake. He does not chip or chop. He just drags the point in a straight line.

He will cover this line with Winston-Salem city leaf compost and then plant in it. Besides the application of lime and fertilizer, there will be no other steps — and his crops look great.

Very cool. If you have enough leaves in your yard, this might be an option for you.

Relevant today

The Feral Irishman says that with a few edits, this could be relevant today. I watched it; I don't even think it needs any edits.

Dear Europe

The market is trying to tell you something. Are you smart enough to listen?

Why Michael Z. Williamson is a professional writer...

and I am not. He sez stuff much mo betta:

Okay, seriously now: Why is your protest doomed to fail? Because you're not too bright, not too dedicated, have no coherent position, and are shallow and lazy, as well as enjoying a standard of living that 99% (See what I did there?) of the people on Earth can only dream about. You can't pay your student loans? That mother of 8 in Bangladesh totally sympathizes. You have a car, but it's tough to make payments on time? That guy in Zimbabwe with the wheeled cart feels your pain. You had to work overtime? The Egyptian contractors we had overseas understand. If they'd had overtime on top of their 72 hour workweeks, they'd have been sad.

Your attitude, intellect, self-chosen education or lack of same, self-created debt and lack of determination won't get you a job as a CEO. It might not get you a job as anything.

An NC tradition continues

After a lot of uncertainty, the NC State Fair's Turkey Shoot will go on.

"Atlas Shrugged" was a Warning, not a Manual: The Equalization of Opportunity Act

I've titled this particular post "The Equalization of Opportunity Act", because that is what they really want. Local example:

"The ultimate point of this is that 1 percent of the nation holds a vast majority of the money," said Joe Wood, 21, a student from Charlotte who plans to protest through the week. "

In their world view, you can only be allowed just so much wealth, then it must be confiscated and redistributed so that others can have wealth. They don't understand that wealth is not finite, but infinite, dependent on only the sum of the abilities and efforts of us all, and that it can't be given--only earned.

Of course, when you lack ability and aren't willing to put out the effort, you aren't going to have wealth--you're going to find yourself living in a tent behind the former city hall. Fortunately it's going to be cool and rainy tomorrow, so I suspect the protestors will be back in their dorm rooms and their parents' homes, raiding the refrigerator.

Sunday, October 09, 2011

Something to think about

SurvivalBlog labels this article on thieves stealing from community garden as a "sign of the times". and it is likely that. However, it's also something that those of us who favor preparedness need to consider now.

Picture this--TS has HTF and you've used your stored food, maybe some hunting and fishing, perhaps even some scavenging from abandoned homes and businesses and you've gotten through that first year. Spring came, and you have turned your small practice/hobby garden into a garden meant to feed your family.

Except you get up one morning and it's been raided--a big chunk of the food you were counting on to get you through the winter, the next spring and see you to the next harvest is gone.

You've taken the precautions discussed in various garden forums (You were smart enough to look this all up back when there was an Internet and electricity on tap, right?), and a careful examination doesn't show any prints from hooves or small animal feet. Instead it shows prints from a pair of heavily worn work boots, 2 or 3 different pairs of tennis shoes and a pair of shoes that you can't identify, but are pretty sure weren't worn by Bambi.

Sure, you're going to rant and rage, and you may even go after the thieves and be successful at it. But it would have been much easier if you had simply thought about this sooner and had taken precautions.

I can think of several, ranging from 24 hour guards), tripwires attached to cans with pebbles in them/mousetraps attached to cheap marine flares and less pleasant measures based on your knowledge of old Viet Cong booby traps. Dogs might also be a possibility, either in the garden (and magically trained not to destroy the thing) or kept nearby to provide warning via the bark mechanism.

All of these have pluses and minuses. Best to consider them now when it isn't a subject of life or death.

Quick thinking

OK...pop quiz.

How many of you would be able to think of this while struggling for your life? Good to know that the worst damage was a broken thumb.

Not hardly

Wall Street Protesters Want World to Know They're Just Like Us

Really? I can disprove that in one second...

I can't show up on weekdays to protest...BECAUSE I EFFING WORK FOR A LIVING!

I could also say, with equal correctness, that I'm not an aging hippy trying to relive my youth.

What a hopeless, sad group. They'll be the ones piteously whining that they're starving to death when those gigantic corporate food producers are put out of business because they're cruel, heartless and killing the other 99%.

Freaking loons.

Friday, October 07, 2011

Peg the Hypocrisy Meter: "Bankers suck! Except ours!"

It seems that the kiddies at "Occupy Wall Street" are not only ignorant about how capitalism and economics works, but they're equally ignorant about how e-commerce and their own bank works.

This, obviously, is my shocked face.

Young vs. Old

I've been watching the kids who are playing protest on Wall Street. Pictures show me what is mostly a very young crowd. Having once been young myself, I'm unsurprised.

But I'm reminded of a quote that, in various forms, is attributed to Sir Winston Churchill:

Show me a young Conservative and I'll show you someone with no heart. Show me an old Liberal and I'll show you someone with no brain.

Truer words were never spoken.

Are the Thought Police coming for us?

If you are a member of that suspect group known as "the public", probably so.

The latest developments, which reveal efforts to "collect, process, or retain information on" members of "the public," came to light through an internal DHS document obtained under open-government laws by the Electronic Privacy Information Center. DHS calls its "pre-crime" system Future Attribute Screening Technology, or FAST.

But I'm sure we'll be told it's OK, because if we haven't done anything we'll have nothing to hide.

Wednesday, October 05, 2011

Farewell, Steve

What do you say when the world loses a genius?

Mark my words

This will bite us right on the ass at some point in the future.

Prosecutors have reopened hundreds of dormant investigations of former Nazi death camp guards and others who might now be charged under a new precedent set by the conviction of retired U.S. autoworker John Demjanjuk, The Associated Press has learned.

Now, before some idiot jumps in and pulls Godwin's Law from his pocket--No, I'm not a Nazi. I don't approve of what they stood for or what they did.

However, what I'm seeing here is the extension of the war crimes trials of WWII for that interesting concept of "crimes against humanity". I understand that at the time no one wanted to see the men who led the world to the brink of destruction "get away with it". However, in a rush to justice, precedents were set that have already been misused by those who mean us harm.

These will go even further down that road. In a rush to get in one last blow to old Nazis, we're all going to shoot ourselves in the foot.

I await, with firm certainty, the first US servicemen to be tried under this new precedent.

Tuesday, October 04, 2011

It's all your fault!

All ya'll! You consumers aren't doing your job and consuming--now get out there and buy a car or something. Go!

On a more serious note, there are a lot of things you should be buying--food, guns, ammo, medical supplies, tools, construction materials--all the things we may not be able to get so easily if this thing gets out of hand.

Monday, October 03, 2011

And the blood still stubbornly refuses to run in the streets

As has been proven so many times, guns in the hands of the law-abiding equates to lower crime rates. Of course, this data doesn't feel right to the feeling classes, so we'll just ignore it.

Too Stupid for Arby's

(Via the Drudge Report)

Once again, the TSA proves there are no limits to human stupidity.

I have to wonder if there is one those cute little signs similar to the ones in the amusement parks, except theirs say "You must be this stupid to work here".

"Atlas Shrugged" was a Warning, not a Manual: Off with their heads!

(Via the Drudge Report)

Roseanne Barr decides to go all Jihadi Jane on capitalism and consign those on her personal enemies list to be beheaded. I suppose the theory is that if they won't volunteer to be looted, we'll kill them and loot it after they're dead.

Sunday, October 02, 2011

Need a quick engineering reference?

(As reported by one of my multitudinous Internet spies)

The Engineering Toolbox.

Yeah, I know what I'm doing this evening. :-)

How about some Sunday Morning Snark?

Gunner, identify target Eco-freaks. Load snark. On the way!

"Atlas Shrugged" was a Warning, not a Manual: Looters on parade!

Yessir buddy, those Wall Street Fat Cats sure do suck. Right up to the point where they have nothing more to be looted, and then they can be traitors instead.

A smile on my face

(Via the Drudge Report)

Mountain Man (the guy who really needs to get back to his blogging) and myself have occasionally discussed how we want things handled in the event of our death. I figured on shooting at my range, followed Skeen Burgers on the grill and appropriate beverages for all participants, in lieu of the usual funeral or memorial service. If someone wants to have the preacher say some words before the fun starts, that's fine by me. Heck, maybe the radio club can operate a special events station--W4GUN, perhaps?

I have long since decided to be cremated, although the question of what to do with the ashes has been a bit of a quandary--no urn on the mantle for me! I had finally settled on sprinkling some at the range, some at the golf course, and anything left over in the woods behind our house if we're still living there. (Yes, I'm aware that there are BS "legal niceties" about such things. In a way, this is my last way of telling our government to go pound sand.)

But now, some of me can truly go out with a bang. I just wonder if I can get the range to relax the prohibition on Class III guns for an afternoon--because I'd damned sure love to have it done via Tommy Gun!

Well, of course they want tax hikes first

(Via the Drudge Report)

Because if there is no loot, there is no loot to (re)distribute.

Prediction: Watch the Republicans eventually appear to cave on the issue. I say appear, because they are just as ready as the Democrats to raise taxes. They simply want the loot to go to different groups.

Trust no politician.

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Oh, really?

As first reported on Zero Hedge, the Federal Reserve Bank of New York is soliciting proposals from developers for a "Social Listening Platform" that will monitor "the primary social media platforms – Facebook, Twitter, Blogs, Forums and YouTube."

Now hear hear this...

End the Fed.

Chicks with Guns

(Via Facebook)

Always a good thing; now artistic and informative as well.

"Atlas Shrugged" was a warning, not a manual: Defining "threat"

(Via Claire Wolfe)

It seems that the agents of the state, in the person of the University of Wisconsin, see threats in quotes from the TV show Firefly. Despite having their error of definition gently pointed out to them, they persist. I'm sure it's because it's all about how they feel, naturally.

This is the same reasoning the people use to deny trained and vetted citizens their Constitutionally enumerated right to defend themselves. They feel threatened.

I wonder how they will feel when they are turned out of their phoney jobs and into the street on the day the loot runs out?

Sunday, September 25, 2011

John Mauldin's best "Thoughts From the Frontline". Ever.

I've been reading John Mauldin's "Thoughts From the Frontline" for a long time. While I find his default viewpoint of the world of government, business and economics very different from mine, that difference is what makes him worth reading. He tends to be less gloomy than many of those I follow. He is more apt to believe in government solutions to problems than I am. He seems to believe that government can do good but usually mucks it up, while I believe that government sometimes does good by sheer accident.

But as I've noted, he's worth reading. His current "Thoughts" may be his best (I think it is). He covers several topics, including unexpected consequences of "Operation Twist" and the fact that, with no apologies to all Republican candidates save Rick Perry, Social Security really is a Ponzi scheme--and one that is about to collapse. I was particularly interested in his thoughts on Operation Twist; I normally don't follow pension funds and such. Very interesting stuff indeed.

He also covers the possibility of a market crash tomorrow. I've been picking up murmurers of this possibility since Friday evening, but he actually says why he expects it.

I'm going to be watching the price of silver--we may have one last buying opportunity before things get really bad. Remember, if you buy, get the physical metal and have it in your hot little hands.

If silver isn't your thing, other commodities, like polymers, steel, lead and brass, along with various food products, are always a good bet in times like these.

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Model railroaders

(Via Timebomb 2000)

Are going to have a bad case of exploding heads. :-)

When both "left" and "right" oppose something

You can bet your life that it stinks to high heaven.

If you think the Digital Millennium Copyright Act blows goats, let me introduce to PROTECT IP.

It sounds to me like it gives Big Government, Big Media and Big Whatever their wet dream--a way to shut down any and every web site site they don't like, under the guise of protecting intellectual property.

Think of it as the Great Firewall of China with even bigger teeth. If this thing passes, watch the Intertubz turn into cable TV.

Look! Healthcare from a unicorn!

(Via the Drudge Report)

Oh...I'm sorry. It's a sign. Hang on, let me get my glasses so I can read it.

"This way to the ice floes --->"

Huh. Well, I guess that the deaths of a few poor folks who can't afford free healthcare will at least help the ozone layer.

Friday, September 23, 2011


(Via the Drudge Report)

Back away from the Kool-Aid, Mr. Freeman. You're ODing on the stuff....

It has nothing to do with his skin color. It has to do with him being a total incompetent, even by the standards of socialism.

Cat calls of "RACIST!!!" in 3...2...1...

Obviously not a history teacher

(Via the Drudge Report)

And proof of Godwin's Law to boot.

Tempers flared during a town hall meeting on the Dream Act Tuesday night. During the meeting a high school government teacher from John F. Kennedy called the local Tea Party president a Nazi.

Humorous as it is, it's also pretty sad--these people are supposed to be teaching children. Teaching them what, I'm not sure.

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Well, everyone else seems to think it's important

(Meme caught from Tam)

SOG Twitch II.

My favorite knife of all time--even surpasses my affection for my Victorinox Champion. (Here's a link to the Plus version; they don't make mine any more.)

Very strong and holds a tremendous edge; inexpensive enough that if you lose it you aren't crying the blues over it. What else can you ask for.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Have you seen Rick Perry's latest ad?

(Via the Drudge Report)

President Zero.


"Atlas Shrugged" was a Warning, not a Manual: I am IRS of Borg

(Via Whiskey and Gunpowder)

Prepare to be taxed. Even you you don't live here and have no idea that you were a US citizen.

Another reason not to buy a GM product

(Via the Drudge Report)

If "Government Motors" wasn't enough to turn you off, how about this one:

Originally, the terms and conditions stated that OnStar could only collect information on your vehicle's location during a theft recovery or in the midst of sending emergency services your way. That has apparently changed. Now, OnStar says that it has the right to collect and sell personal, yet supposedly anonymous information on your vehicle, including speed, location, seat belt usage and other information.

Who would be interested in that data, you ask? Law enforcement agencies, for starters, as well as insurance companies. Perhaps the most startling news to come out of the latest OnStar terms and conditions is the fact that the company can continue to collect the information even after you disconnect the service. If you want the info to be cut off all together, you'll have to specifically shut down the vehicle's data connection.

Government Motors indeed.