Sunday, December 30, 2012

The only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun? That's crazy talk!

Yeah, right up until it happens again.

You have to wonder what would have happened if the off-duty deputy hadn't been around.  As it is, one injured.  Sounds like as good an outcome as you could hope for.

But we can't arm teachers, because...

(Via Lawdog)

It might actually work (or at the very least, not hurt anything)?

The next time someone wants to tell you how dangerous it is to arm school teachers, feel free to point them to that article.

Socialist progress

(Both via the Drudge Report)

France's version of our Supreme Court says that at 75% tax rate on the richest French citizens is unconstitutional, although on a technicality.  The Socialists say they will be back with a new and improved version, which, if I understand the ruling, will now tax more people, just to be "fair".

The City of Light will be the City of Dark from 1 AM to 7 AM to save money and help France meet Socialist energy efficiency goals and show their "sobriety".

I have to wonder if this is how the Romans felt when the barbarian hordes came over that last hill they could see, out there in the distance?

Edit, 1957:  It seems that the barbarians are closing in, looking for homes for the winter.

Saturday, December 29, 2012

So, we went to a gun show

In particular, we went to the C&E show at the Hickory, NC Metro Convention Center.  (Those of you who may know Hickory, try not to snicker at the "metro" thing, OK?)  This trip was meant to be a 3-way coordinated visit between myself and Daughter, Mountain Man and my young coworker.  Young coworker had to bow out due his failure to set an alarm clock.  Ah, youth.  :-)  As it was, we were able to connect with the Mountain Man both for the show and for lunch after, which is something of a minor victory for us, given our schedules.

Wow.  Having went to my fair share of shows after Teh Bringer of Gunz Control's first victory, I am willing to say that this one topped any of those in a number of ways.  Attendance was well up for a Hickory show.  This is one of my favorites, so I have a good feel for what it normally looks like, and this one was up, I'd guess by around 1/3.  At noon, the wait to get in was around 15 minutes.  During the wait, we observed one enterprising local restaurant how sent one of the staff with a huge stack of 10% off coupons.  Hooray for capitalists!

ARs and AKs were available, but at "You've got to be kidding!" pricing.  I am not going to cry about "price gouging"; I view it as the market signaling.  But $1400 for a Norinko AK?  You've got to be kidding me.

ARs were worse.  I saw quite a few at $2000 and up (well up), and almost none for less than $2000.  Many of these guns could be bought a month ago for well under $1000.  I didn't see may getting sold, although I did see an Armalite AR-10 go at $2600. 

I also noticed a lot of folks who had brought their various evil rifles, magazines and such like in an attempt to get some stupid high prices on them--trying to cash in, I suppose.  Those weren't selling, either.  This didn't seem to be panic buying.  It was more along the lines of very purposeful buying.

Ammo was available, although the quantities are not what I'm accustomed to seeing.  .223/5.56 and .308/7.62 were available, but the price was way up-- $1/round for .223 (PMC brass cased).  Again, the market is signaling and I'm fairly well stocked, so I passed.  I was able to get my preferred loadings of Federal Hydrashoks in .357, 9mm and .45 ACP at the same prices as before the current scare, so I decided to buy a few hundred.  I also bought 500 each of 9mm (Federal's American Eagle) and .45 ACP ball (RWS) at prices about 10% over my last purchase a few months ago.  I was still rebuilding on both and decided that $30-ish wasn't too much to pay.

The deal of the day was a new pistol for Daughter.  After a fair bit of looking,  holding and various sorts of manipulations, a Sig P290 with laser was her choice.  Very nice pistol; makes me consider a laser for my Springfield XD-S.  It took all of her Christmas money, but I think she got a heck of a deal, even though she had to pay the asking price.  (No one was dealing much on anything that might be banned.)

I took a hard look at a very nice Smith and Wesson Model 66, .357 Magnum with a 2" barrel.  But the price felt a bit on the high side, and coupled with some recent non-gun purchases, I decided to take a pass on it.

As always, the crowd was very polite.  I saw something that I had not seen before, a mother with young child and no significant other in sight, having purchased a pistol and on the prowl for ammo and accessories.  I believe this is called "winning".

On the way home, we took the scenic route to look at the last of the Christmas lights.  It was a nice way to end a good day.

Thursday, December 27, 2012

I'm smiling

In one of my many recent forays into the comments section of a local new rag to engage people on the issue of gun control, a reply to my mention of armed teachers in Israeli schools brought forth a virtual waterfall of vitriol from one of the wannabe grabbers.  How dare I advocate armed teachers, you lying gun nazi!  (Yeah, I really did get called a gun nazi.  Lower case.  Go figure, I guess.)

Yep, I'm just a lying gun nazi, alright.  Bought and paid for by the NRA and all the evil gun manufacturers.

Still waiting on my first paycheck, but that story is a nice advance.

Worth your time

(Found of Facebook)

The issue isn't really guns. Guns are how we misspell evil. Guns are how we avoid talking about the ugly realities of human nature while building sandcastles on the shores of utopia.

I hope this piques your curiosity.

Utah teachers--better prepared than average

(Via Timebomb2000)

Today, common sense wins out in Utah, where 200 teachers are taking part in free concealed carry classes held by the Utah Shooting Sports Council.

Of course, the nannies school administrators are predictably predicting blood in the hallways.

Utah educators say they would ban guns if they could and have no way of knowing how many teachers are armed. Gun-rights advocates estimate that 1 percent of Utah teachers or 240 are licensed to carry concealed weapons. It's not known how many pack guns at school.

 "It's a terrible idea," said Carol Lear, a chief lawyer for the Utah Office of Education, who argues teachers could be overpowered for their guns or misfire or cause an accidental shooting. "It's a horrible, terrible, no-good, rotten idea."

Yeah, because there have been so many misfires, accidental shootings and mass murders inUtah schools since the law allowing teachers to concealed carry was passed in 19-effing-95.  Lawyers.

I guess it's a good thing that Utah law disallows school districts from over-ride the state law, because they'd be just as defenseless as teachers in Connecticut, now wouldn't they?

Diane Feinstein grandstands again

And wants to see if she can create millions more criminals to feed the beast.

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Could it be this easy?

(Via Timebomb 2000)

I spent a good deal of last week and this week (up until Christmas day) in the comments sections of a string of articles on the Charlotte Pravda Observer that seemed tailor-made to give advocates for gun grabbing a forum to air their views and gather their feeble- like-minded fellow travelers so the lot of them could gin themselves up into a frenzy.  I dispensed facts and opinions that I could support by evidence, along with as much Alinski-esque ridicule as I could get away with and not make my posts appear mean-spirited.

This morning, my first top was that publication, prepared to take up the battle again.  But there was not battle to be joined, because there were no articles on guns.  WTF?

This guy thinks we may have already won.  I hope he's right.  But stay on guard, because even if we win the battle, the war for freedom is never over.  And I'm still unconvinced we've won the battle just yet.

Goodbye, guys

I'm not going to whine about it.  We all know that the men and women who made up the "Greatest Generation" are leaving us an an ever faster pace.  I'd just like to acknowledge a couple who left us on Christmas Eve.

Jack Klugman.  What can I say?  I was like every other kid and watched TV all the time.  "The Odd Couple", "Quincy"--it's had to think of the 70s without thinking of him at some point.

Charles Durning.  Sure, he starred in one of my all time favorite shows, "Evening Shade", but his true claim to fame was something he never talked about--his service in Europe in World War II.  The sole survivor of his unit on D-Day, he also survived the Malmedy Massacre.

Amazing men who led amazing lives, and we're better for having had them around.  God Rest Ye, Merry Gentlemen, indeed.

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Merry Christmas

From our home to yours, a very Merry Christmas.  Please remember those who are in need, those who are in pain, and those who are far from home.

Monday, December 24, 2012

Saturday, December 22, 2012

Pot, meet Kettle

 (Via the Drudge Report)

Mayor Rahm Emanuel blasted the NRA’s suggestion that school shootings can be prevented by placing an armed security officer at every school building across the United States.

Chicago homicides approach 500 for 2012Many of them under 18.

Good job Rahm--pegged it!

Will you people think for a minute?

I just got off one of the local news rags; out of the comment section on yet another "evil guns" story.  Folks, a lot of us aren't doing the cause of freedom any favors.

Now I can just hear you thinking "Boy, there's the pot calling the kettle black", but give me just a second.  Here, I'm pretty much preaching to the choir.  I have seen very little evidence over the years that those who hate our civil rights visit this obscure little corner of the blogosphere.  And since my audience is gun nuts and freedom freaks, I'm writing both to vent my feelings and to gin you guys up into taking action.

But when you're in the comment section of one of your local news orgs, what you write is going to be seen by thousands, tens of thousands, possibly even hundreds of thousands of people.  A spittle-flying rant has no place there.  You have to calm down and present facts and well-reasoned opinion backed by facts.  This isn't because you're going to magically reach the antis,but because we're trying very hard to reach those who are still on the fence and those who haven't really considered the subject in depth.

We're going to win this battle not only by being louder than they are (difficult, considering they control the media) but by being smarter than they are (not so difficult, I think) and forcing them to play our game.

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Of course, the fight part would go better if you were armed

Which is why you should get your concealed carry permit, get your training, and get your gun on.  Carry if you can, and pray for those of us stuck in the "Free-fire for Mad Men Zones".

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Another day in the cross hairs

So here we sit, being bombarded by His Obamaness calling for gun control, Cerberus telling us why they're selling Freedom Arms, Dick's Sporting Goods living up to their name, Cheaper Than Dirt acting like Lower Than Dirt and the NRA making mewling noises while Big Media continues to cash in on the deaths of 26 people and work just as hard as it can to encourage the next copycat attempting to set a record.

Around work, I have one of my staff who bought the last AR at Walmart after having checked every one in a 100 mile radius, and who has spent most of the day trying (and pretty much failing) to find magazines and ammo.  Before anyone complains about the purchasing venue, every gun store around here seems to be sold out of ARs and .223 ammo has assumed the appearance of a myth, as have AR magazines.  The kid really felt he had little choice.  He's afraid that if he doesn't get it now, he never will.  I can sympathize, having felt that way in 1993, right before the AWB took effect and I couldn't get an AR for love or money.  This is a new area for him, and I'm trying to guide him along as best I can.

I'm not quite so worried about a ban getting through as he is, although it is a very real possibility.  Politicians, being politicians, are not going to risk their re-election of an issue of our Constitutional rights--at least not until we persuade them that failing to stand up for them is even more dangerous to their long-term residency at the public trough.

One of our best and brightest, Michael Bane, has still not broken radio silence.  He says in this post that he has friends in Newtown, and I have to wonder if one or more has been a victim of the events.  He further delayed comment via his podcast until Friday.  When he finally talks, I suspect it's going to be worth our time, though I fear what he might have to say.

I've been listening to the podcast version of Gun Talk, which devoted the entire 3 hour show last Sunday to the subject of what we do now and more importantly, how to do it.

This is not a time for "Here we sit, waiting."  What it is time for is advocacy of our position.  I know some disagree with that, and say we should wait for mourning, for things to settle down a bit.  Bullshit.  Our enemies didn't miss a beat of their traditional dance.  Distasteful that it may be to some, we're going to have to get out there.

It's time for us to play them the song of our people.  Time to start writing, calling and talking.  Write and call your Congresscreatures with an appropriate message.  Talk to your friends and more importantly, reach out to those who can be persuaded.  Be kind, be gentle and lead them slowly along the way toward knowledge.  (Believe it or not, I save the spittle-flying ranting for the Intertubz.  Usually.)  If you aren't sure what your message should be, listen to that 3 hours of Gun Talk from last Sunday.  Gresham really does have some good things in that one that will help you get started.

All of us who have been around this for years are going to have to step up our game, and reach out to the younger generation and get them involved.  Most of us don't start advocating for our rights until we're much older, and that's a mistake.  We need to grab our young and incorporate them into this process.  We need our enemies to see that this isn't a bunch of fat middle-aged white guys saying this, but young men and women of all colors from all parts of this country.  We need to inundate them with numbers and be sure that they know that this isn't going to go just like the last time.

This time, we're fighting back.  We're saying no, but rather than stopping there, we're offering our own solutions to the problems.  Yes it's a tragedy that these shootings have occurred.  It's a shame the police couldn't be there to stop it.  It's a bigger shame that everyone who was present in two of the incidents was legally barred from possessing the ability to defend themselves effectively, and it's time for that to be changed.

It's time for schools to do more than lock the doors and hide the kids when a mad man shows up to kill.  It's time for the teachers, administrators and staff  be allowed to take an active part in their protection.

It's time to deal with a mental health system that cares more for the rights of the mentally ill than it does for their victims.  The latest killer's mother knew her son needed help, but she wasn't able to get it fast enough.  That's got to stop forthwith.  The dangerously mentally ill are a health hazard to all of us, and have to be dealt with accordingly.

Let's go people.  What have you done today to preserve our freedom?  What do you plan to do tomorrow, and the day after, and the day after that?  Don't just sit there, get up and act.

Our rights depend on it.

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

So, you think I should be shot?

(Via the Drudge Report)

In Haters Gonna Hate news, it seems denizens of the Twitterverse (a neighborhood I studiously ignore, being that it violates the prohibition against going to stupid places and doing stupid things with stupid people) think that the NRA and it's members should be murdered.

Really?  You might want to remember that a lot of us have concealed carry permits, are armed and will defend ourselves.

I do, except when at work.  You see, I too work in a legislatively-mandated disarmament zone.  Like the folks in Sandy Hook, I have to depend on statistics and the police for my protection during the work day, as well as on my way to and from work.

But unlike our current nut job that the media is busy glorifying, I actually follow the law.  No gun for me at work.  I'm relatively defenseless against the nut jobs and haters.

Thank you, gun controllers, for putting me in this position.

Monday, December 17, 2012

What Joe said

Time for us to go on the offensive.  I agree.  As I said on Say Uncle's blog:

I'm being a really cranky old guy on this subject.  We don't give up a freaking inch and we use this opportunity to mount an offensive to get schools, malls, theaters and all the rest opened to concealed carry holders.  This has gotten beyond stupid.  People are dying because idiots absolutely won't believe facts.  Time to move the idiots out of the way and put the adults in charge.

Hey, Hey, NRA

(Via the Drudge Report)

How did your endorsements do today?

As an Endowment Member of the NRA, I'm serving public notice that I am sick and tired of how the NRA awards grades and endorsements.  Both of these oath-abrogating jackasses hold NRA "A" ratings and were endorsed for their current positions.

NRA, you need to seriously get your shit together on this subject.  Stop being so concerned about whether a given politician has "pull" because of tenure, and start worrying about will the bastards vote the right way every time.  It's either that, or we aren't going to need you--because they really will take our guns.

Elmer Fudd opines again

It isn't about hunting, Senator Sparky.  Gunowners don't need a reason to want an AR-15 and a 30 round magazine (not "clip", Elmer).  It's a civil right, and we don't need a reason to excercise it.

Or as the meme puts it, "Why do I want an AR?  Because fuck you, that's why."

Yes, I am going to be really cranky on this subject.  Be prepared.

Sunday, December 16, 2012

Why? Here's why.

(Inspired by a post from Roberta X)

In the aftermath of a mass murder, lots of folks, myself included, notice that these things occur in multiples.  It seems that there is a good scientific reason at work.

A copycat suicide is defined as an emulation of another suicide that the person attempting suicide knows about either from local knowledge or due to accounts or depictions of the original suicide on television and in other media.

A spike of emulation suicides after a widely publicized suicide is known as the Werther effect, following Goethe's novel The Sorrows of Young Werther.

The well-known suicide serves as a model, in the absence of protective factors, for the next suicide. This is referred to as suicide contagion. They occasionally spread through a school system, through a community, or in terms of a celebrity suicide wave, nationally. This is called a suicide cluster. Suicide clusters are caused by the social learning of suicide related behaviors, or "copycat suicides". Point clusters are clusters of suicides in both time and space, and have been linked to direct social learning from nearby individuals. Mass clusters are clusters of suicides in time but not space, and have been linked to the broadcasting of information concerning celebrity suicides via the mass media Examples of celebrities whose suicides have inspired suicide clusters include Ruan Lingyu, the Japanese musicians Yukiko Okada and hide, and Marilyn Monroe, whose death was followed by an increase of 200 more suicides than average for that August month.

You can spend quite some time running down all the references and concepts in the Wikipedia article, and you probably ought to.  I have, and it's an interesting if disturbing subject.

But what I take from it is an affirmation of something else I have considered in light of current events.  In the aftermath of one of these shootings, not only should the alert individual be extra alert when out and about, but should give special consideration to avoiding the sorts of locales where the recent events have take place--in our current case, shopping malls and schools--if possible.  If the theories are correct, those are the locations where the likelihood of a copycat act are the highest.

Not a comforting thought when you have to send your kid back into a potential killing zone Monday morning.  I think we're going to review my instructions on what to do if you hear gunshots.  Short version--get the hell out of that school, even if you have to do it while they're screaming at you to stop.  Head for the trees, call 911 and me in that order, and make your way home under cover as much as possible.  Avoid any police at all costs (face it, this will look suspicious to them).

I'll deal with the fallout with the school.  I don't want to deal with burying my son.

Are you on the list?

(Via the Drudge Report)

A lot of folks think that if they pay for everything with cash, if they avoid buying guns that require "paperwork", if they disguise everything about themselves, their beliefs and their way of life, that they can stay off the magical "list" of people who might become targets of an out-of-control government.

How's that working out for you?

Friday, December 14, 2012

Another one creeps out

Mass murders seem to beget mass murders.  We've seen it before, and unfortunately, we're seeing it in spades this time.  The current count is 26 dead, plus the shooter, who we shall not name.

This time, the nut job went after kids.  Whether or not it was a move calculated for maximum horror and pain, or as some accounts are saying, it was simply directed at his mother's workplace, an attack on children strikes a special level of terror in the hearts of parents and non-parents alike.

Predictably and unfortunately, those who hate our civil liberties are holding their usual Dance in the Blood in it's usual location, the national media.  Shame is not a concept they know--the crisis is now, and must be used to maximum advantage.

Let me explain something to anyone who happens to pass by this page.  Connecticut has some of the stricter guns laws  in the US.  It was illegal (he was under 21) for the shooter to posses the two pistols that were found at the scene, just as it was illegal for him to have any gun at a school.  Killing people is illegal, as is wounding them.

Note that none of this stopped him from killing 26 innocent people.  Another thousand laws would not have stopped him.  An armed citizen might have, but those who have went through the process to carry concealed weapons are also banned from having our guns with us in a school.

The victims were utterly unable to mount an effective defense.  While quick-witted actions by teachers no doubt saved several students, there was no one present who could stand against a well-armed mad man.  By the time the police arrived, it seems that the shooter had finished his work and himself, leaving the police to start cleaning up the mess he created.

None of this is new to students of armed self defense.  Dunblane, Columbine, Virginia Tech and now Sandy Hook.  Every time, the story is monotonously and sadly the same.  Murderous mad men on the lose in an area where the honest can not legally defend themselves, and the police arriving too late to help.

I have to wonder how long we will continue to deny reality.  Evil exists in the world.  Some people are so deeply broken that they care not the level of evil they do.  We can't identify them until after they act.  We allow ourselves to be disarmed by laws that any intellectually honest court ought to rule a violation of our Constitutional rights.  And we and our loved ones are all too often led to the charnel house.

It's time to tell the Bloomburgs and the Bradys of the world that we will no longer tolerate them or their nonsense.  It's time for us to keep the pressure on them and push back the laws that prevent us from effectively exercising many of our rights.

It's high time to make sure that the list doesn't get longer.  It's time to let the good guys carry everywhere, all the time.

An armed Israeli teacher, watching over her students.  At one time, Israeli schools were popular terrorist targets.  For years, Israeli teachers have been trained and armed.  When's the last time the terrorists had any success attacking a school in Israel?  Yeah, I can't think of it either.

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Revenue enhancement

(Via the Drudge Report)

If you're driving in Baltimore, you can get a ticket for speeding while stopped for the light.

I suppose the city's budget has a hole in it that needs filling.

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Pass the tinfoil, will ya?

So, we have another nut job who decides to shuffle off this mortal coil in the company of innocents, all while the gungrabbers are pushing His Obamaness to Ban E-e-evil Gunz!"

I can't remember where, but I recently read something on assassinations.  They stated that it had long been a mafia trick to recruit "crazy people" to commit assassinations.  The theory is that, being crazy, no one will actually pay attention if they say anything--anything at all.  I mean, they're crazy, you know?

This was brought up in the context of Lee Harvey Oswald and the assassination of John F. Kennedy.  But given the recent (well relatively recent) number of seriously nut job shooters, I have to wonder if someone has caught onto the trick.

Tuesday, December 11, 2012


(Via the Drudge Report)

Looters gonna loot--until the lootees say not no, but "Hell no!"

I wonder how long it will take before governments figure out that those with money plan on keeping it, and that they'll do whatever they need to in the process.  I remember the 70s, when there was a virtual flood of such folks coming out of Great Britain over their idiotic tax policy--which they're thinking of repeating, by the way.  This feels much like that, except they're all doing it.

Prepare for a flood of exit taxes to be enacted by governments around the world in reprisal, and prepare for a few smart countries to take advantage of this situation.

Can someone pass the popcorn?

In the heart of a dark empire

A Federal Court says "Yes" to concealed carry in Illinois.  Obviously this will not be the final battle (their governor is already making further gun control noises), but it's good news for Illinoisans who would like to take responsibility for their own safety.

Do you suppose the tears have ended in Chicago yet?

Saturday, December 08, 2012

"But we're not a police state!"

If you've been on the Intertubz for any length of time (or like some of us, been on the thing since before anyone ever heard of "www."), you've been on a forum or a blog comment thread or somewhere the discussion has turned political.  If the nature of that discussion has turned to the ever-expanding powers of the state, the phrase "police state" has almost surely been uttered,  and just as surely rejoined with "We're not a police state!  We're the freeest country in the world!"

Really, Sparky?

As a nation, we're being crowded into a corner where we're going to have to face some unpleasant facts whether we want to or not.  Our government does not have the protection of our freedoms as an agenda item.  It does not have the soundness of our economy as an agenda item.  It does not have your best interests as an agenda item.  As a matter of fact, Citizen, why don't you STFU, go home and watch TV?  Now.

Political party counts for nothing when they all do the same things when in power.  As the merely wealthy are finding, much to their chagrin, regular wealth isn't an insulator any longer.  (Super wealth may still be, at least for some time yet.)  We are now entering the Randian world where the only thing that matters are your connections--and even they will only get you so far, because your friends will only be your friends as long as you can be used to their ends.

Get used to it.  Get ready for it.  It's going to be a long dark night.  But preserve the idea and the ideals of the America that once was, and pass them on to your kids and grandkids.  Once of these days, they will be able to put them to good use once again.

Friday, November 30, 2012

Good luck with that

(Via the Drudge Report)

Let me know how it turns out for you.

City Attorney Tells San Bernardino Residents To ‘Lock Their Doors,’ ‘Load Their Guns’ Because Of Police Downsizing

Because given that it's California, I'm betting half of it might be a bit difficult.  Lord knows what would happen if you actually had to use it.

Monday, November 26, 2012

So I finally had time to listen to the Gun Talk Wounded Warrior finale

At first, the president of the Wounded Warrior Project, Steve Nardezzi, actually sounded fairly reasonable.  But about half way through he decided to break out a shovel and start digging.  By the time the hole was dug, not only did he sound like a complete tool, but he sounded like one of the beings on this earth I most detest--a professional fund raiser.  For those particular critters, it isn't about the organization, it's about how much money they can raise and how efficiently they can do it.  Because--ta da!--the more they raise and the less they spend on doing it...wait for it...

The bigger their compensation will be.

I'm guessing that WWP is right on the cusp of being so big and raising so much money that the original purpose, while still being carried out, is sort of lost internally, and it just becomes like any other business to its employees.

Pretty sad, but all to often success sows the seeds of failure.  And this, in my humble opinion, was one major FAIL.

And with that, I'm done with the subject and with WWP.

Friday, November 23, 2012

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Happy Thanksgiving, blogosphere

For what we have, let us be thankful this day.

We can be angry tomorrow.  :-)

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Monday, November 19, 2012

I guess in the non-profit world, $319,000/year only buys a better quality of FAIL

(Via Say Uncle)

Steve Nardezzi, president of the Wounded Warrior Project, went on Gun Talk yesterday in an attempt to talk his organization out of the hole it had dug itself.  I didn't get to listen as it doesn't air in my market.  Guns Save Lives did, and was unimpressed.

I'll try to get the podcast listened to ASAP and let you have a more personal take, but I doubt I'll hear anything different.

My big question to the readership is "Who does the Q4 donation go to?"  A lot of folks are going with Soldiers Angels, but I'm wondering if anyone has other suggestions?  I've donated to Cooking With The Troops as well, but I'm always up for suggestions.

Friday, November 16, 2012

It's all a misunderstanding

The on-going flap over whether the Wounded Warriors Project (WWP) is anti-gun was described to Examiner Friday morning as “a misunderstanding” that has been “blown out of proportion” by a top official with the organization.

I'm sure it is a misunderstanding.  I think the question that is yet to be resolved is "On whose part?"  Because I'm not so sure that this can be blamed on someone who was "new to the job".  Judging from what I found on their own web site, she was merely handing out the company line.

Part of the company line is still on the web site.  Some of it has been expunged, although you can see my copy of the original here, and the click on the text to see the new cleaned up version.

Forgive me if I take a wait and see attitude toward this.

Is this the beginning?

Hostess Brands, a maker of snack foods for 80+ years, is calling it quits.  It seems that 2 trips through Chapter 11, intransigent labor unions and I suspect a certain amount of shrugging came together and led the privately held company to begin shutting down operations and selling off the bits.

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

So who is this Zumbo guy?

It seems that the Wounded Warrior Project still isn't getting it.  Lifting a page from the Zumbo Affair, they have issued an official unapology.  Lifted in it's entirety from their Facebook page:

We've had a lot of questions recently that started when we declined an opportunity to appear on Gun Talk Radio. We want to clarify and help answer some questions. We have seen through this process that the language on our website and our response to the invitation to appear on the show weren’t clear, and we are working on clarifying our approach. There is now much inaccurate information about WWP being anti-gun rights, an issue as an apolitical organization we do not take a stance on. We understand and appreciate that many of our Alumni are gun owners, and we facilitate multiple hunting and outdoor opportunities for our Wounded Warriors throughout the year.

In the past, we made our logo available to appear on wide variety of products, including guns. As an organization, we owe it to our donors and constituents to maximize the return on investment of our dollars and brand. We are always looking at our business practices and whether we should continue with them in the future. In the case of cobranding, we've decided that we're not going to offer our logo to appear on weapons anymore - whether they're guns, knives, bows, swords, or any other type of weapon. There are still a few of the guns around for sale that had licensed our logo years ago, but there aren't any new ones being made. This is purely a business decision based on a review of a return on investment, especially when compared with other types of cobranding ventures.

Regarding the question of donations and events, we do permit fundraisers that are shooting- and gun-related, such as gun raffles, shooting competitions, etc., and we're incredibly appreciative of those who are willing to give their time to host or participate in an event. Likewise, we gratefully accept donations from companies and individuals connected with the gun industry.

As indicated above, we know that hunting and shooting sporting events can be very therapeutic for many of the Wounded Warriors we serve, and we're happy to work with the community to make these types of events available to our Alumni. Hunting and shooting sport enthusiasts are an incredibly supportive and generous community, and we've been honored by how often folks have opened their land and homes, and volunteered their time to make these types of events possible for our Alumni. We're so sorry if it seemed that we didn't appreciate that support with our confusing communication of a business decision. It certainly wasn't our intention!

I hope this post provides some clarity and helps answer some questions. We welcome the opportunity to have a warrior on Gun Talk Radio to discuss how hunting or events of the like have supported their recovery. We responded too quickly to his request and should have delved a bit deeper.

Clarity?  Oh yes, it provides me some clarity.  Now I'm 100% clear that you people are a bunch of tone-deaf fools.  Good luck.  The pressure is going to be building, and I plan on helping it build just as much as I can.

No, citizen, you are not allowed to protect what is yours

(Via the Drudge Report)

Only authorized state employees may perform that task.

It's funny; Mrs Freeholder and I, along with some friends, saw Atlas Shrugged Part II this weekend, and...

Well, maybe it isn't so funny after all.  Never mind.

Difficult to believe, but apparently true

I had something whiz across my Facebook page this weekend--someone had heard on Tom Gresham's radio program GunTalk that the Wounded Warrior Project (no link, you'll see why in a bit) had refused to participate in an event where guns were present.  I figured that someone had misunderstood, and not seeing the gun portion of the blogosphere blow up I figured that was it.

Listening to the podcast of the show this morning, I heard the portion of the show concerning this.  Sure enough, the Wounded Warrior Project had turned down an opportunity to appear at a HAVA event because, o-o-oh ick, guns were present.

Being an advocate for doing my own homework, I decided to do so.  I found these two things on the Wounded Warrior web site:

When organizing a fundraiser or event to benefit Wounded Warrior Project™ (WWP), please bear in mind we do not support any fundraiser that is of a sexual, political, religious nature, or exchange of firearms or alcohol.


Before submitting a letter of interest, please read through our FAQs to ensure your organization will be eligible for a WWP grant. The following opportunities are not eligible for WWP funding:

If you're on Facebook (may work if you're not; I'm not sure), here's Gresham's side of the story.  Short version is that he got in touch with PR drone Leslie A. Coleman, asked if this was their actual policy and had it confirmed.

Our position regarding firearms and alcohol is in response to the struggles that many injured service members face with substance abuse and suicide and the roles those items often play in those issues.

WTF?  This is the same sort of BS that we're fed when the gungrabbers have another try at our rights--blame the item used, not the user.

What we have here appears to be yet another organization that believes that Lord of the Rings was a documentary, not a work of fiction.  I'm way past tired of that crap.

It's also an organization that has gotten the last donation they'll be getting from me.  I'll find someone else doing similar work--someone who is at least not hostile to my civil rights--to donate to.  You folks do what you think is right.

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Why you do your own homework

On the preparedness front, there is a lot of information out there.  Some of it is inaccurate, and relying on it could cause you some serious problems.

A fairly well know survival podcast has one particular person that is their "go to guy" for all things energy.  Most of the time, he has his stuff together, and I've learned a lot from listening to him.  But lately, I've heard him say something--twice--that I was pretty sure was wrong, based on things I've heard from folks in the industry in question.  So I've done a quick check on the subject, just to confirm what I thought I knew.  Here's the background and the results.

This person advocated natural gas as a big part of your preparedness posture.  Not LPG or propane, but natural gas as in you have a gas meter at your house, the furnace and stove are attached to it and so on.  He says that in the event of a serious, long-term emergency, the natural gas distribution system almost runs itself and could stay up for months to years.  Pressure is supplied naturally from the wells, and if no one is digging, pipelines are very reliable.  You could still cook, and if you have a generator hooked up, you could power it with natural gas and have electricity as well.  With a big enough generator you could even keep your central heat in the winter and AC in the summer.  Beats candles, cutting wood and sweating in the heat, let me tell you!

Um, nazzo fast, Guido.  According to the American Gas Association, it doesn't work quite that way.  Starting in the production fields, compressors are needed to pressurize the lines.  Transmission lines need to be pressurized so that the gas keeps moving.  While many of these systems are automated, they are centrally controlled--by people, via electronic control systems.  As it gets closer to your home, pressure and flow rates are monitored to ensure that things keep moving (and I assume, nothing blows up), again by people using electronic control systems.

Much of this infrastructure is powered by the natural gas in the lines themselves, but even automated systems break down.  I suppose it's possible for much of the system to function on its own for a while, perhaps even a few months, as long as the electronic control systems work.  But telling people that they will have near limitless energy available in a long-term grid-down situation is not accurate information, in my opinion.  Heck, I wouldn't trust that systems for weeks--what happens if the power in the monitoring stations goes out?

I do believe that natural gas could be a useful strategy.  In the event of an emergency, even a regional one, natural gas will probably keep flowing.  Can you imagine how much easier your life would be in something like a hurricane event if you still had large quantities of reliable power?  You wouldn't be freezing in the dark in a nor' easter in the Rockaways, that's a fact.

But if I were worried about a months-to-years type event, I'd be sure to have a propane pig, rejetting kits and other sources of power and heat at hand, just in case.

Double check, triple check, quadruple and quintuple check not only your supplies, but your information.  Because the last place you want to get let down by either is when something has hit the fan and became airborne.

(And yes, I've confirmed this information on how the natural gas distribution system works from multiple sources. )

Another year passes

Yet some young men never age.

Thank you.

Wednesday, November 07, 2012

Meet the new boss

And unfortunately for everyone, he's the same as the old boss.  It's a pity, but not unexpected.  I suppose we can take some solace in the idea that we're no worse off today than we were yesterday.

Of course, 3 months down the road, who knows how things will be.  After all, the "fiscal cliff" looms.  While I'm all for a smaller government, I'd prefer a bit more thought in achieving it.  Ax murders tend to be messy and have unpredictable outcomes.

It seems that the stock markets don't particularly care for the election outcome; the Dow Industrials are down almost 300, while gold and oil are skidding as well.  I'm guessing that traders see the economic downturn continuing, but that's just a guess.

I will be taking in a gun show this weekend.  Thankfully I'm in good shape in that area; I just want to see if the panic buying approaches the same level as it did 4 years ago.

On the way out, let me thump the drum of your preparations for disaster or hard times.  They're coming.  We've seen (again) what a weather event can do to unprepared areas and their inhabitants.  Many of us are expecting some sort of long-term bad economy if not outright bust.  You need to position yourselves against those things.  Maybe the don't happen today, tomorrow or in the next year--but they will happen.  Get ready now while it's still easy to do.

Friday, November 02, 2012

"Another week of this and it'll be full-on Thunderdome out here."

Hurricanes are pretty much made of suck.  Even when you live in an area that gets them on a regular basis, and so are in theory ready for them, having one come visit is a guarantee that things are going to be crappy for quite some time.

In New York and New Jersey, where hurricanes generally don't show up and where far too many folks have little concept of preparedness (and far too much concept of "The government will fix it."), Hurricane Sandy has led to drastic coastal damage, power outages, transportation shutdowns, no groceries and no gas.

Again, this is nothing new in hurricane country.  The storm surge washes out roads; the winds knocks out power.  The power's out, the pumps don't work.  Gas is hard to get.    No roads, no trucks to the grocery stores.  Heck, I live 200+ miles inland, and if a storm's brewing, I'm checking my gas supply for any empty cans that need  to be refilled and making the legally obligated bread and milk run at the local grocery.  Been there, done that.

But up north, Hurricane Sandy led to mile-long gas lines, reports of police with drawn weapons, guarded gas tankers and folks bringing out the gats at the gas station.  (How that last happens in the mostly disarmed People's Republics is still a mystery to me, but that's a different subject for another time.)  These are things that aren't normally seen in hurricane country.  A Category 1 hurricane is dangerous and it causes damage, the unprepared are caught short as always, but this?  Not in my experience.  Within a week or two, everything except NC 12 is generally back in working order for the most part, and 12 is at least passable.

This has big implications for those of us who do prepare.  Look at your neighbors' homes, and consider how many of them have backup power and more than a few days of food.  How many have any stored water?  I read a comment on a friend's Facebook wall (she lives in NYC) that one of her friends on Staten Island is "living on Halloween candy".  Really?  This storm was forecast for days and you never considered a trip to the grocery store as a good idea?

These are the people you'll be around after a disaster.  These are the people who are going to notice that you're dry, fed, maybe have electricity--and they are without any of those.  Much speculation on the various preparedness forums centers on what will these people do?  What will you do?  Do you have some obligation to help them?  Will you be able to--did you store extra for this eventuality?

These are security questions you'll need to answer for yourself.  Obviously, if you're in an urban area, your needs and ability to prepare in depth (and these things take in-depth preparedness) will be different from someone in a suburb or a rural area.  Guns and ammo may be a part of your plan, as might storing additional food ("Hey, I can offer you a bowl of pinto beans--just sit down right here down wind!").  Keeping a low profile--maybe not using the generator is a better idea than sitting in the AC eating brunch while your neighbors stew--might be a tactic to consider.

Just consider it now.   You don't want to be caught in Indiana Jones mode.

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Why should Big Brother have all the fun?

(Via Timebomb 2000)

Now, all us little guys can have our very own drone.  Yes, you too can hover about, peeking into places with a camera, dropping ping pong balls and generally irritating the neighbors.

Of course, as with hobby rocketry, just wait until they decide to start passing more laws, or likely rules, against them.  They'll probably take out R/C controlled planes and cars as well, because you just can't be too careful.

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Stupid is as stupid does

The 5th Circuit Court says that you may be old enough to sign contracts, own real property and join the military, but you can't own a pistol.

It's reported that they also said that "the nation's founders and 19th-century courts and commentators believed that disarming specific groups did not trample on the right to bear arms."

You know, specific groups like Jews, blacks....

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Let's go to the range

I took off Friday to be with Daughter, who was home from university for fall break.  Faced with all the fun things she could do with her old Daddy, she decided to go to the range.

She wanted to go because on her next birthday, she turns 21, and is eligible for her North Carolina Concealed Carry Permit, the expenses for which I have promised to pay as her birthday present.  It's been quite a while since she has been able to go shooting, so she was interested in some practice with the pistol I bought for her some years ago, a Springfield XD in 9 mm.

While she definitely shows the lack of practice, she can still ding her targets just fine.  Obviously we need to do some tuning up and work on her speed.  Luckily, she comes home about every other weekend.  Plenty of time to get her back in the groove.

Thursday, October 11, 2012

The face of socialized medicine

(Via FOXNews)

You can Google up hundreds of these stories; this, bad as it is, is just the latest one.

First her GP and then medics at two hospitals kept saying the 33-year-old was suffering conditions including anxiety, nerve pain and even a torn ligament.

By the time Jeannine’s uterine cancer of the cervix was treated the tumour had become infected and shattered her pelvic bone. She died shortly afterwards.

Judging from the comments, the people of the UK have ceased expecting better from their National Health System (NHS). I wish I could say I can't fathom why they aren't hanging the bastards from the lamp posts, but sadly, I know why.

Sheep don't rebel.

Saturday, October 06, 2012

Take a test

(Via Walls of the City)

Take a little political test.  Like most Internet tests, it may or may not be accurate.


And while it shows me agreeing with the Mittmaster only 7% less than I agree with Gary Johnson, and Republicans 1 % more than I agree with Libertarian (vs. libertarian) positions, I'll let you in on a secret:

You can't trust Romney or the Republicans to live up to their promises.  That's pretty well been proven any number of times in recent history.

Revenue enhancement is not only a US concept

(Via the Drudge Report)

Nor is the concept of a "War on{something}".

Rome has declared a "War on the Sandwich".

Friday, October 05, 2012

Welcome to these new United States

79 year old Korean War veteran.  Son is in Afghanistan on his 4th deployment.  Collects and sells "junk" (which if you watch "American Pickers", the stuff in the picture looks a lot like what they buy to resell) in order to pay the bills (because $900/month in social security just doesn't seem to be enough...).

Neighbors are OK with the situation, but the Lord High Code Enforcement Officer isn't.  Hauled off before the court, he gets 30 days in the hole.  Yeah, he's not exactly a choir boy.  So what?  At least he isn't relying on the government.  The man deserves a medal, not a jail sentence.  We ought to be holding him up saying "SEE?  This is how it's done!"  Instead, we send him to jail.

Read it and weep.  Pay particular attention to the words of the Lord High Code Enforcement Officer and His (dis)Honor.  This is what justice in the United States has become.  Sure, it isn't this way everywhere--just like we didn't used to have militarized police using SWAT teams to serve warrants in Podunk--but we'll get there.

They call it "progress".  God save us from progress.

Wednesday, October 03, 2012

Didn't we used to talk about guns around here?

I'd swear we did, at least before I went on a tear about politics and economics.  Before the new job that seems to eat up an inordinate amount of my time and energy.  Before I took on a leadership role in one of my hobby organizations.  Definitely before I just about burned out on it all.  At least I didn't have that big "Eff you!" moment--you know, the one where you bellow that out at the top of your lungs on your way out the door for the last time....

Oddly enough, something happened this week that brought clarity to a number of things I've been thinking about, trying to work out in my head.  No, I don't have all the answers, but I've got enough to work with for the time being.

Getting older brings perspective, if you can quiet your mind enough to let it happen.  When you're running full speed in every direction, that gets a bit difficult.  And sometimes, the quiet strikes in the oddest places, like a periodontist's office.

I've had this tooth that's been bothering me for almost two years, ever since I had a root canal and a nice gold crown installed.  My dentist finally insisted on a visit to the periodontist to ensure something horrible wasn't wrong down there somewhere.  So, sitting in the waiting room, waiting, I decided to get out my phone and check email--it had been beeping and blooping the entire drive from work to the doc's.

In my email, I found a message that that just Set. Me. Off.  I mean I was pissed to a fare-thee-well.  Seething wouldn't have been a bad single-word description.  If the sender had been within reach, it would likely have been a bar fight right then and there.  The email dealt with a discussion that has been going on within that hobby organization I mentioned, and as far as I was concerned, it marked a new low in behavior from someone who has already plumbed some depths in that area.  I read and re-read it, getting angrier as I read.

And then the nice lady calls me back.  I stuffed the phone in my pocket and went in.  Being a place where they do anesthesia and oral surgery, they take your vitals.

My BP was 170/112, and my heart rate was 126.

Normally, it's around 125/70, which my GP assures me isn't bad for a guy my age.  I told you I was pissed.  The nice lady was worried, but I explained the situation and they checked it a few more times before deciding to stick their fingers in my mouth.  I trended slowly downward the whole time.

So there I sit, or lie more accurately, mouth full of fingers and probes and little sharp things that poked around.  In that situation, all you can do is think, unless you like suffering.

I thought back to a time a lot of years ago.  I was in my boogie board phase.  Man, but I loved to go to the beach for a few days and just board my ass off.  I had a bumper sticker on my car from a local surf shop:

If it ain't fun, don't do it!

If it ain't fun, don't do it!  I had lived by that for a pleasantly long time, back then.  Poor, but generally happy as could be.  Loved life and thought that I'd never get old.

Well, here I was, old in relative terms compared to that young highly tanned man.  And still pissed.  Over something that was

Yep.  The light bulb had just came on.

Here I was, allowing people to make me miserable--and not only that, I felt that they were causing me to damage my health with my anger.  People who had quite happily accepted my efforts on behalf of the organization we all belonged to for the last 6 or 7 years had now decided that they were going to resume the mantle of The Powers That Be once again after very publicly "retiring" from the stage, because they disagreed with their successors, and by God, it was their club because they had taken the risks all those years ago, and they'd had the foresight to Do Great Things, and how dare we change the course that they had so painstakingly mapped out for us...

If it ain't fun, don't do it!

The drive home took around an hour.  I thought all the way home.  I thought about all the friends I had made in this organization.  I thought about the good times and the not so good times, and reflected that I had been warned that this might happen--again. But I figured it had been almost 9 years since the last time, and these guys were all getting actually old--70s and up.  They were actually ready to pass it over.

I may have actually snorted at my own stupidity.

When I got home, I drafted a reply to that email.  I outlined my objections to what had been said, pointed out the fallacies in their arguments and outlined what I believe was going to be the inevitable results their actions.  Then let them know that I would not be treated, as I put it, "like some half-wit child".

And I told them I resigned from my position, effective immediately.  Here's the keys, the information pertaining to all the duties I had carried on after moving into leadership.  You may buy back my equity in the corporation, and I'll just pay my dues like most folks.

Because it was no longer fun, and I wasn't going to do it.

Now, long suffering reader, if you've made it this far, you're bound to be wondering "WTF does this have to do with guns?"  Well, this organization is my gun club.  The place where I go to shoot things like these. 

That is a Springfield XD-S in .45 ACP, along with its new holster from MTR Custom Leather, a local and favorite holster maker.

I bought this little jewel at a gun show in the small NC town of Micaville a couple of weeks ago.  My club had held an open house last weekend, and even though I was working, I managed time to run a couple of hundred rounds through it as part of the proofing process that any of my carry guns must survive.

The gun shoots well out of the box.  All the ammo I had, ranging from some older Winchester White Box through some hott-ish hand loads through my carry ammo, Federal Hydra-shok, went through without a complaint or failure from the gun.

Note to self--Hott-ish handloads are inadvisable in small guns.  The web between my thumb and index finger is still a tad sore.

The gun is utterly controllable.  Yes, it recoils harder than a big gun--practice your freaking recoil control and stop complaining!  Follow-on shots were no problem; I was able to Mozambique the steel torso targets at a reasonable speed.

It also carries well.  Loaded, using the supplied Kydex paddle holster, I carried it all day with no issues, along with the two magazine in their carrier.

Unlike my leadership position, this gun was fun.

You may guess which of the two has now be jettisoned.

Monday, September 24, 2012

And then a miracle occured

The ATF has decided that Bonnie Parker's Colt Detective's Special should get some special love, and gave it a new serial number so that it can be legally held.

I'm shaking my head in amazement.  ATF doing the right thing--what will come next?

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

You've got to be kidding me

Blogger's last new interface was a complete disaster, and lost us Frank James as a blogger.  I gave it a good try, but reverted back to the old layout eventually because it was simply too stupid to live with.

I log in tonight to work a bit (for a change) and now we have another new interface, and this one is, forgive my language, a complete clusterfuck. I don't know what Google is paying the geniuses at Blogger, but whatever it is, they're overdoing it.

I haven't lost interest in blogging; but I have lost interest in saying pretty much the same thing, railing at the same stupidities, pointing out the same stupid crap--thus the lack of posting lately.  I'm going to give this a try, but it may be enough to make me lose interest in blogging altogether.

Way to go, Blogger.


Today be International Talk Like a Pirate Day, ye scurvy dogs! Get in the spirit before I have ye walk the plank!

Sunday, September 16, 2012

I wouldn't bet on it

IRS: Agents will not be involved in tax audits, pursuing Americans without health insurance

That one ranks up there with "The check is in the mail" and "Of course I love you". I would ask how stupid does the government think we are, but that's pretty obvious.

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Nothing changes

Year 11 since our world changed in fireballs of jet fuel and collapsing buildings.

And the only changes I see are for the worse. Instead of going in, kicking ass, taking names and then coming home, we're involved in some Forever War clone. Despite ol' Prez Hope N. Change and all his fancy speechifying, we're still over there fighting for...something or other. It seems that we've somehow lost track of exactly what we're trying to accomplish these days. Pity, wars work better when you know what victory looks like. Instead, we keep on sacrificing our best, brightest and bravest plus treasure galore in order to accomplish we're not sure what.

At home, we continue to lose the very freedoms that our enemies hate us for in the name of fighting them.

Heck, if we keep this up, we may figure out what victory looks like. It will be when we act just like them.

Sunday, September 09, 2012

The Brady Bunch's collective (ist) heads have just exploded

(Via Survivalblog)

Someone, with rather more time and machinist skills than I, and probably considerably more discretionary income as well, has decided to one-up all those nice folks who want to ban guns above .50 caliber (and yes, Elmer, that means shotguns, too).

Meet the 14.9 SOP. A necked down 20mm Vulcan cartridge that will deliver the mail and the truck it came in on, at ranges that will require some interesting optics to work at. While the inventor says it's just an experiment and isn't available for sale, what one man can do, so can another.

Tuesday, September 04, 2012

US Debt tops $16 trillion

(Via the Drudge Report)

That's $16,000,000,000,000 if you want to see all the zeros.

"They" say that it's OK, because we owe it to ourselves. If that's true, I'd like my portion to be repaid now. Cash, small bills if you please.

Monday, September 03, 2012

You're doing it right

(Via all over Gunnyland)

Quick reaction, committed himself, moving and firing--pretty much nailing it. And one of the bad guys as well. I can't wait until they can release the name of our guardian and get his story--I'm betting it'll be interesting.

Fourth Amendment? Meh.

In which our government passes 335 laws to bypass the Fourth Amendment to the Constitution.

You should wonder about a government that ignores the basis for its legitimacy.

Sunday, September 02, 2012

A step in the right direction

In Tuscaloosa. Alabama, students and teachers are being taught to defend themselves by attacking an armed intruder, rather than cowering under their desks while waiting to die. Of course, I find the whole "throw whatever is handy at them" to be a bit lacking, unless what's handy are well-aimed 230 grain expanding bullets moving close to the speed of sound. But it is a good first step (he said, tongue firmly in cheek).

Now, let's take that next step and allow staff and teachers who possess a valid concealed carry permit to be armed while on school property. And the next step, which is to allow anyone with a valid permit to be armed while on school property.

Because that journey to reclaiming our rights will be taken one step at a time.

Saturday, September 01, 2012

I shall now issue my endorsement for President of the United States

(I'm sure you have been just waiting for this. :-) I've just posted this as a response to a thread on Timebomb 2000, but after re-reading it, I like it enough that I want it here as well.)

I am amazed that so many people believe the act of voting for someone who is not "the lesser of two evils" is the same as throwing their vote away. I have always believed that the only way to throw away--waste--one's vote was to fail to use it.

If you step back and take a deep breath, then research the Romney and Obama voting records that are easily available on the ol' Intertubz, you will see that the differences are indeed small. It really doesn't matter what either says on the campaign trail, what matters is how they going to act after the election. And the only true data we have is their past records.

Call Obama a Socialist if you like. I call Romney a Crony Capitalist. Neither one believes in individual freedom to any great extent, nor do I think they believe in personal responsibility. What they do believe in is the use of government force to protect "their side" in the argument.

I have believed for most of my life that government was a necessary evil. I have recently come to the reluctant conclusion that I was wrong. Government is evil, period. Every government in history has wound up being destructive of individual freedom and the individual's best interests. Unfortunately, an L. Neil Smith libertarian paradise isn't in the cards any time soon, and maybe not ever. So with that in mind, I am going to vote for the candidate who shows a track record of trying to minimize the size, expense and reach of government.

Gary Johnson for President, folks.

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

I didn't know that was possible

(Via the Drudge Report)

Texas legislative district maps are rejected by a Federal court because...

...state prosecutors failed to prove that Texas lawmakers did not draw the new congressional and state Senate districts "without discriminatory purposes."

When I took logic classes, I was taught that proving a negative was impossible. However, in the new world of Atlas Shrugged (p. 699), it seems that all things are now possible. We just have to want them to be so.

Reminds me of an old saying: "If wishes were horses then beggars should ride."

Monday, August 27, 2012

But why wouldn't I secure my guns in my home?

Because your teenage son might have to shoot his wife-beating father.

My heart goes out to the kid. What a thing to have to carry with you the rest of your life--even if the bastard deserved it.

I can't think of a better reason to get fired

R. Lee Ermey, everyone's favorite Marine DI, was fired from his Geico commercial gig because he (correctly, IMO) identified an elephant in the room.

Pity I changed insurance companies some years ago. Lizard lovers...

And the gecko thing is kinda old, too.

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Ever wonder where the Bushmaster folks went?

When Cerberus Capital bought Bushmaster, there was rumored to be something of an employee exodus. Apparently, that rumor was true.

It seems those who left have landed at a place called Windham Weaponry. Gotta love capitalism.

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

What part of "former" don't you get?

The Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff is a butthurt that some former military and spooks think the Commander-in-Chief is also the Security Leak-in-Chief.

The group in question, the Special Operations OPSEC Education Fund, has a different take on the situation.

"We have our First Amendment rights," Taylor said. "We fought for them, and we're going to continue to do so."

Uh, yeah.

Monday, August 20, 2012

Don't bring a knife to a gun fight

(Via Timebomb 2000)

And note that swords don't work any better. You have to wonder just how long it's going to take Bad Guys for figure out we're all planning on shooting them.

Saturday, August 18, 2012

And another happy ending

(Via Timebomb 2000)

An Alabama woman arms herself with a gun while her daughters get an axe and a butcher knife. Bad guy home intruder gets a bullet. He ought to count himself lucky the daughters didn't get to him.

Another happy ending

Bad guy decided to visit a motorcycle dealership to steal a new bike. Local PD detective helps him to assume ambient temperature in preparation for a nice long dirt nap.

Hats off to Detective Poe, Winston Salem PD.

Friday, August 17, 2012

Un-effing believable


Gun store is shut down by ATF. Reopened by the brother of the original owner, who decides to pursue a new business model--reporting all users of their indoor range to the local po-po for a background check.

I hope the gunnies of Milwaukee, Wisconsin and vicinity come up with a nice, creative way to be sure the new owner starves to death in a cardboard box under a bridge in the dead of winter.

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

We hate it for you

Unions are ticked off that the Democrats are holding their convention in North Carolina. They say that "The state has been dubbed by some as the "least unionized" in the entire country, and there's not a single unionized hotel in all of Charlotte."

Meanwhile, CNBC says that North Carolina is one of the best states in the nation to do business--#4, actually. Heavily unionized states like New York (#34), California (#40) and Illinois (#26) fare much worse in business friendliness.

I say "Go figure."

Anything your car says can and will be used against you in a court of law

(Via the Drudge Report)

"Improved!" Event Data Recorders, colloquially known as "black boxes" will be coming soon to new cars. While they might tell us that "No, they aren't for that!", you can bet that new car buyers will be giving Big Brother a free ride along every time they leave their driveway.

Hackers, get started now on your plans.

Monday, August 13, 2012

Of interest

In the prepper community, there is a subculture who considers what it would take to survive the total collapse of civilization and rebuild "after". For example, let's say we had such a total collapse of the world economy that it took down product distribution networks and the power grid failed, not for a day or three, but that it just went down and never came back up again.

Yes, some people are a lot of fun at parties.

Open Source Ecology is building the Global Village Construction Set, a 50 piece industrial machine setup that would allow you to survive with style. Interesting concept, assuming you could scrounge up the knowledge, tools and raw materials after things have went all Mad Max.


They didn't take a formal vote, but the vast majority of Penn State trustees voiced support for the university president's acceptance of severe penalties imposed by the NCAA over the school's handling of a child molestation scandal.

Let's see. An assistant coach turns out to be a child molester. Penn State University employees up and down the line from him cover it up, turning a blind eye. So who do we punish?

We invalidate 112 wins and a number of championships, punishing former players while "demoting" the dead coach that the assistant worked for down the record books a bit.

We strip scholarships from the program, punishing players who have yet to set foot on the Penn State campus.

Fine the university $60 million, which as any free marketer know will simply be paid by students, donors and Pennsylvania taxpayers, not the guilty parties.

Nice lesson in punishing the mostly innocent, NCAA.

Saturday, August 11, 2012

Free Money!

It's right there in the book! Atlas Shrugged, p. 670!

Not really. The actual story is that a Chevron refinery had a fire, and a lot of people were inconvenienced. Some have a legitimate claim, like lost wages or a trip to the hospital to get checked out, but others just see a big ol' pot-o-money and want to get their fair share.

"It's disappointing," said Gallon, a 61-year-old Richmond resident who said he lived out of the area when others received payments of about $1,000 each after a fire at the refinery in the 1990s. "I want in on this one."

WTF happened to this country?

Friday, August 10, 2012

Wednesday, August 08, 2012

Sorry, just not feeling it

I got no justified rage at anti-right zealots, moronic politicians (sorry about the redundancy), crony capitalists or any of the rest of it. Can't find you a cute/funny story or anything on anyone's blog that needs reposting. Things may be moving to their eventual denouement on some future black day, but right now, I'm just doing what needs doing.

One of those things was a visit today to a Remote Location of my employer. One of my staff and I joined one of our facilities folks and a denizen or two of said location to map out some tech upgrades to occur in the next few months. It went well; we've got ourselves a good plan that the Employer can afford and that will make things better for the paying customers.

Remote Location just happens to be in the same large metro area where Daughter goes to university and has spent her summer interning at a Major Retail Chain. So I went by, picked her up for lunch and had a very good burger (that Black Angus died for a good cause) at an interesting restaurant. Then I took her back to school and headed back to Command Central, narrowly missing one heck of a thunderstorm on the way. Then home and a visit to a neighbor who's in the hospital after surgery (doing fine, home tomorrow).

One thing I've discovered, or maybe rediscovered, lately is something that we've talked about in self defense classes. You can't live in Condition Orange all the time. It wears on you, it messes with your mind and your perceptions. It will eff up your life if you allow it to happen, and it doesn't take long for it to do so. Trust me and that bloody t-shirt I'm wearing.

So I have forcefully talked myself back down to a nice moderate Yellow, I think. Still doing things to prepare in case the world goes all casters up on me, but I'm also trying to just keep my calm and view things as dispassionately as I can so that I can make good decisions.

What good is it being ready for TEOTWAWKI if you kill yourself in the process?

Sunday, August 05, 2012

We knew it would happen again

Now a nutjob has shown up at a Sikh temple in Wisconsin for his 15 minutes. Very few details so far other than 6 dead. Gunman was put down by a veteran police officer, who was also shot.

Do one thing for the victims. Join Roberta and a lot more of us who are determined to not say this jerk's name. Let him disappear from the face of the earth as another unlamented bit of evil that has been expunged.

You'd better also get ready for the Gun Grabber Chorus to ramp up for another verse while dancing in the blood of the victims.

Why would I need a gun to go to Walmart?

Because someone might rob you. And they may not be content with just knocking you to the ground to get what they want.

Saturday, August 04, 2012

Guilt by association

Weren't the Nazis pretty good at this sort of thing, as I recall?

"My neighbors across the street can know that I'm a Democrat. I'm not sure I like that."

Well, honestly, I don't blame you. Of course, a lot of Republicans might say the same.

Strange bedfellows

Many years ago, city City of San Francisco got itself a sweetheart deal that allowed them to flood the Hetch Hetchy Valley in Yellowstone National Park. Now, as a country, we've flooded a lot of scenic areas in the last 200 years or so, but Hetch Hetchy was one of the (maybe) 3 or 4 that could well be said to be travesties--assuming that we really do give a rat's ass about such things.

Fast forward to today.

On one side are Republican lawmakers and environmentalists, including Ronald Reagan's former interior secretary, who want the dam removed and valley restored. On the other are Democratic San Franciscans, led by Sen. Dianne Feinstein and Rep. Nancy Pelosi, fighting to hold onto the city's famously pure drinking water in a drought-prone state.


Given that the environmental damage is done and that the cost of undoing it would simply add more borrowing to our already over-extended credit (unless we decided to use it as an experiment and just let nature take its course, which, being meddlesome, we'd never do), I think we need to leave Hetch Hetchy alone.

However, Congress needs to amend the legislation that allowed this in the first place, and start charging all those thirsty San Franciscans market rates for the water and power from the dam. And I think they need to something similar with the Bonneville Power Authority, the Tennessee Valley Authority, and any other BS Authority that was set up back in the day that gives out these sweetheart rates to those that were once, and to a large extent, still are, favored.

Friday, August 03, 2012

Just what we need

Unionized gropers.

The chance of my ever flying again have now declined even further. Thankfully, I can avoid it. I hate it for those who can't.

Thursday, August 02, 2012

Conventional wisdom is neither

(Via Timebomb 2000 and The Truth About Guns)

In the aftermath of the Aurora, CO theater shooting, the usual suspects are howling at last night's full moon how only the police and military should own guns, how our assertions that one or more armed citizens at the theater might have lead to a different ending are wrong and why rainbow-farting unicorns are for real and we'd see them if we just tried hard enough.

OK, I made the last one up. They aren't saying that out loud.

Sgt. Steven Means of the Early, TX PD has had a practical demonstration of why the first two simply aren't true.

According to our gun-banner enemies, if we have a firearm for self defense, some one will just take it away and turn it against us. I'm calling bullshit on that idea. If you're a determined shooter, on either side of the equation, it simply won't work that way. This is the Real World, not Hollywood, and Super Action Hero Guy isn't going to show up and use his Kung-Fool Badass Ninja skilz to disarm the guy with his bare hands. It took two armed men, acting in concert, to stop him. Do your reading and you'll see that this is the usual way of the world--it takes Good Guys with guns to stop Bad Guys with guns. And we are the Good Guys.