Saturday, August 20, 2011

Well, well, well

Those striking Verizon workers are heading back to work without a new contract. And amazingly enough, it's just before their union has to start coughing up "strike pay".

Kinda makes you wonder, doesn't it?

Good news! Unemployment in NC is up!

Because government workers are finally paying the price, too.

"Atlas Shrugged" was a Warning, not a Manual: Shortages

(Via the Drudge Report)

They're here and they'll get worse, spreading from one class of items to another, until everything is in short supply. They will be used an an excuse for government to further interfere in markets, which will further aggravate the issue.

Suddenly, clearing out that stand of trees out back and putting in one whale of a Square Foot Garden is looking like a more viable idea....

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Takin' Care of Business

Netanyahu: The people who gave the order to murder our people and hid in Gaza are no longer among the living.

The family that shoots together

Survives the Zombie Apocalypse!

Yesterday was our last chance to shoot together as a complete family before various schools and jobs demand out attention again. In deference to Mrs. Freeholder, who is a relatively new shooter and still somewhat recoil sensitive, we stuck to .22s. Well, there was this one .38 that snuck in, which Son commandeered.

From the photographs we can note that A) Criminey, I'm getting to be a Fat Old Man who will consistently slip back to holding the foregrip; B) Son, despite being taught the Isosceles Stance since he started shooting pistols almost instinctively adopts a Weaver Stance (just like his old man); C) Daughter dresses appropriately for range time in Tactical Black; and D), I'm never going to break Mrs. Freeholder of leaning back with a gun.

And E), I need to find an instructor who gives group rates.

Let's get this straight

(Via GunBroker)

A straight trigger pull/press is important to pistol accuracy. Doug Koenig shows you how to do it.

I love it when geek and guns collide

Wired Magazine has a report on the Accuracy International LA115A3 sniper rifle, a user of which holds the current record for distance of snipe--2,475 meters. (For those of us who don't do metric, that's 8,120 feet, or slightly over 1.5 miles.)


Do what!?!

(Via the Drudge Report)

Ridley Scott is going to remake Blade Runner/film a s equal/prequel to Blade Runner?

This will either be very good or made of suck. His new movie Prometheus might give us a clue when it's released next year.

Today's snicker

Palin's bus or The Big O's bus--you decide.

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Fading into the mist

(Via Timebomb 2000)

Another member of the Greatest Generation has passed beyond our sight--Albert Brown, the oldest survivor of the infamous Bataan Death March, has died at 105.

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Meanwhile, over at Joe Huffman's place

Lyle's son nails it at the tender age of 17. Short, sweet and to the point. You really should go check it out.

Strike tactics

The Whited Sepulchre has an interesting post on the picketing tactics of the striking Verizon workers.

All of this is of more than passing interest to me due to the comments on this post.

You have to love the Intertubz

(Via Timebomb 2000)

Even though it can bring vast piles of excrement to our desktops, it also brings gems, like James Burke's "Connections" series.

"I think we need to do something!"

So sayeth NC Rep. Fred Steen (R-Rowan)--even if it's stupid and runs up the already too high cost of government.

There area already laws on the books about theft. There are also laws on the books about the possession of stolen goods. So making it "illegaler" is going to help?

Also, there will be unintended consequences. This week, my son took a small amount of copper and brass to a local recycler. This was simply odds and ends generated from a rewiring of our house and some plumbing changes, plus bits and pieces from the cleanup at his grandfather's place. He got almost $90 from that, money which he has already put into the hands of the local video game seller.

(Personally, I was shocked--I know how much he took, and it wasn't much. No wonder ammo is out of reason!)

If I'd had to go to the sheriff to get a permit, that metal would have went to the dump in the trash. It would have been buried, rather than recycled, my son would have been out the money, the video game seller would have lost a sale, and the state a bit of sales tax.

But of course, the politicians all know better than we.