Thursday, March 31, 2011
Yeah, the economy still is in the hamper, major media cheerleading and $2 trillion in spending not withstanding.
Yeah, gas prices are going up yet again.
But, for $10 a year you can get your 03 FFL, aka a "Curio and Relics" license. And with that, and some spare coin, you can have things like this delivered to your home.
It's a Star B. The fact that I have purchased this, by mail, using the Not Really a Gun Dealer Loophole, is guaranteed to make any number of nannying Congresscritters, bedwetters and other assorted fools cry. And it's all the fault of the good folks at AIM Surplus.
I've only had time to give it a quick look and enter it into the book before stashing it in the safe, but it seems to be in decent shape for a gun that's getting toward 70 years old. A bit of surface rust near the mag well and a bit on the single magazine included. Slide seems to be tight to the frame. Grips are well worn. Given the history of this particular model, I'm not surprised. Also given it's history, I wish it could talk. That's why I like old guns. They're history you can hold in your hand.
And bonus points for The Year of the 1911, is sorta looks like a 1911. (Yes, I know it really isn't a 1911. That's obvious when you pick it up--no grip safety. And there are other things....)
I hope I can get it cleaned up and take it to the range Real Soon Now.
NC House passes bill to allow concealed weapons in parks, bars
And before the whiners show up, let's note that it's already illegal in North Carolina for a concealed carry permit holder to carry with any alcohol in their system--whether it came from a bar or their own refrigerator. Shut up and snivel elsewhere. You local watering hole isn't going to turn into Dodge City on a Saturday night. They haven't in Virginia, they haven't in Tennessee and they won't here. We hear this same garbage every time a truly common sense gun law is passed, and the blood still stubbornly refuses to run in the streets.
I'm past being over the anti-freedomites asserting that guns somehow magically cause crime (and yes, they do so in the article). In return, allow me to trot out an equally stupid saying--"Spoons cause people to get fat." Inanimate objects have no effect--good or bad--on people. You are going to just have to face the ugly truth that there really are bad people out there. No matter how many choruses of Kumbaya you sing, they aren't going away.
Or let me put it this way for the bartender chick--"When seconds count, the police are only minutes away." I can't speak for her, but I'd rather not wait for help.
I'm also past being over assertions that permit holders will just drink anyway (yep, that's in there too). Overall, concealed carry permitees are one of the most law-abiding groups in the United States (and that's just one example of that fact). I somehow just don't think this is going to be a problem.
Onward to the Senate!
Wednesday, March 30, 2011
N.C. lawmakers, who already have banned texting and emailing while driving, are considering a measure that would prohibit drivers from using cellphones unless they are doing so with hands-free technology.
Dearest Nanny, take a hike, please. Wrapping us up all safe and warm and snuggly doesn't really help.
Similar legislation, however, has yet to influence accident rates across the country, according to studies and safety officials.
"So far, we haven't seen laws as having an impact," said Russ Rader, a spokesman for the Virginia-based Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.
Democratic Rep. Garland Pierce of Scotland County, the chief sponsor of the cellphone ban, has said the extra limitations will help in protecting the public.
I guess our Nanny is better than those other states' nannies. Because even though it hasn't worked there, it will work here.
Tuesday, March 29, 2011
How do the freedom-loving beat the gun grabbers at their "gun buy back" game? Why, the way anyone who loves freedom and free markets would--they outbid them.
A lot of folks in the gun culture have wondered what would happen if someone tried this. Now we know.
Sunday, March 27, 2011
"Barefoot Contessa" Ina Garten has a new nickname -- "Heartless Contessa" -- in the wake of news that she repeatedly refused to meet with a 6-year-old boy named Enzo who was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia.
But what I do care about is the slippery slope that we, as a society, are whizzing down with ever-increasing speed, so I read the article. And the comments. After which I wondered if the contessa is glad she doesn't live in France in the late 1700s, for she would surely have mounted the guillotine shortly after Marie Antoinette.
Here's a few snippets from the comments:
"what an ass"
While there are some supportive voices (plus my comment about the nature of forcing her compliance via threat, which I'm betting never passes the test to appear), it seems the lynch mob is forming. Ina Garten is going to be crucified for "failure to give back to the community".
The whole thing sounds like a bad remake of The Fountainhead.
In case you miss it in the comments, there is another good blog on this subject at I Fry Mine In Butter.