Saturday, May 11, 2013

OK...

Smoke caused an early morning evacuation of the White House Press Room.  There is no truth to rumors that mirrors were also involved.

Behind the curve a bit, aren't we?

(Via Frugal Squirrels)

Gun grabbers get their panties in a wad (again) because a guy posts pictures of gunz on teh Intertubz! They call it...wait for it...

Gun porn.

*snort*

I hate Mother Gaia

(Via Frugal Squirrels)

CARB and the EPA may pucker up as well.

EZ- Pour Replacement Spout Kit

Now I can stop pouring that expensive gasoline all over my equipment and allow it to evaporate into the atmosphere where it belongs.

Friday, May 10, 2013

Delivering the beatdown

(Via the Drudge Report)

A 70 year old man is at home with his girlfriend and hears a noise in his yard at 3 AM.  He checks and sees Sum D00d, who had already shattered a window to gain entry to the home and then majestically stumbled back outside.

Our intrepid homeowner calls the police, and turns around to find Mr. D00d standing right behind him.  So he promptly decks him and leaves him groveling for mercy.

D00d!  He's 70 and he's at home with his girlfriend.  What are you thinking?

Do not mess with us old guys.  We can't run anymore (even if we can satisfy our girlfriends).  We're just going to hurt you.

Thursday, May 09, 2013

Barry Snell almost gets it

I was directed to an opinion piece by writer Barry Snell entitled "Waking the dragon — How Feinstein fiddled while America burned".  A lot of folks are telling me how this guy "gets it".  I'm unconvinced.

For the first 90% of the piece, he does a really good job pointing out all of the farcical issues with the current "debate" on "gun control"--or what we more hard-core gunnies see as the latest attempt to abridge our Constitutional rights by those who would impose mob rule democracy on our Constitutional Republic.

But right there at the end, in his conclusion, he blew it.
Sleeping dragons and terrible resolve
I do not want to live through a war in my own backyard. I do not want our children to grow up in such an America, either. So anti-gunners: Please stop, I beg you. See the writing on the wall before it’s too late.  
Yes, there is a terrible crime problem, and yes, that problem sometimes involves guns — but it is the perpetrator that is the problem, not the instrument. Yes, there is a great divide between liberals and conservatives on the issue of guns. And while I will be the very first person to criticize the Republican Party on its many and frequent mistakes, and even stand with my democratic friends in my disfavor of those things, on the gun issue it is not the conservatives who are mostly in the wrong this time.
We want the crime and killings to stop as much as you do, so to my fellow citizens who are anti-gun I say: So long as you deny our humanity, so long as you malign our dignity, intelligence and wisdom, so long as you seek to shade us under a cloud of evil that we do not partake in or support, so long as you tell us that because we own guns we are terrible people, you will prove yourselves absolutely right in that we won’t come to the table to talk with you.
And there will be no hope for resolution but through victory by force initiated by one side or the other, God help us, for we will not plow for those who didn’t beat their swords into plowshares.

That third paragraph is the killer.  Barry, you were so, so close, but you missed it.  It isn't that we won't talk because they "deny our humanity" or "malign our dignity, intelligence and wisdom" or any of the rest of it.  We won't come to the table and talk to these people because there can be no conversation.  Conversation implies communication, and that is a two way street.  I talk, you listen.  You talk, I listen.

With the gun grabbers, that isn't going to happen.  That's because this isn't a philosophical discussion.  Civilian disarmament, which is what they really want (and you acknowledge it yourself, in so many words, earlier on), is the goal.  That's because, as you also acknowledge, they are "commanding us to shut up, because we’re just a bunch of stupid radicals and liberals alone know what’s best for America."  Render us powerless and themselves powerful, and we have no choice but to shut up--or die.

I don't want to live through a civil war either.  I'm too damn old to be out running around in the woods playing Rambo.  I don't want my kids to have to fight one--hell, I don't want anyone or their kids to face that situation.  I don't have to live through it to know that it will suck in ways we can't even fathom.

But I fear it's coming.  I not only fear it, but I'm scared to death of the prospect.  But I'm pretty sure we're far gone down the road to it, and it will take Divine intervention at this point to stop it.  When half of our population "votes for a living", when our elected masters take it upon themselves to begin denying us our rights for our own good, when the rich and powerful drive the economy into the ground for their further gain and working people become dust under their feet, it's coming.  The questions are "When?" and "How bad will it get?"

We can hope for a relatively painless revolution, or perhaps one no worse than Russia in 1917.  We may get Adolph Hitler, Uncle Joe Stalin or Pol Pot instead.  Perhaps Mad Max may come riding in--or it may be the Four Horsemen themselves.  There's no way to know.  We can expect that civilization, in some form or another, will reassert itself.  It always has, and we can hope that it will again. 

If we don't get "lucky", we can be certain that hundreds of years of progress will be, for the most part, lost.  Our ability to build the tools to build the tools to build the tools to build the things may well erode completely away, and we find ourselves living a 17th-19th century lifestyle in large part.

Hopefully we can keep the germ theory of disease and a few other important concepts.

Yes, there are some hopeful things out there, and I console myself with the thought that they are not the gutterings of a candle that is dying out, but the first flash of an even greater light that will take humanity out into the solar system and then to the stars.

I'm still getting ready for that long, cold winter, however.  Pray for the best, prepare for the worst.  That's the old saying, and there's a lot of wisdom to it.

Monday, May 06, 2013

Defending the Defender

Shawn at Loose Rounds does a bang up job.

The only reason we need to march to Rob Pincus's defense is because the mainstream media, ever hostile to gun owners, decided to pick and choose, slice and dice his comments from a talk at the NRA convention and make him out to be some sort of ogre.

First of all, if you have guns in the house, you must do the gunnie equivalent of drown proofing--you gun proof your kids.  That means that they are taught from birth that guns are treated with respect, that they aren't allowed to handle a gun without Mom or  Dad there, that if they find one they are to not touch it and go find Mom or Dad (Thanks, Eddie Eagle), the Four Rules, you take them shooting, demonstrate what a gun can do (that means milk jugs full of water, you PSHysterics), and never, ever let the guns be a mystery.  Mysteries are absolute magnets for kids.

Second, let me tell you this--if you put a gun in a quality gun safe in your kids room, and kiddo manages to get into it, that kid needs to go to engineering school pronto.  There is no way, short of parental carelessness, that a kid can get into a good gun safe.

Sunday, May 05, 2013

Something to think about in terms of self defense

 A 46-year-old soccer referee who was punched by a teenage player during a game and later slipped into a coma has died, police said.

 The kid hit him once, with his fist, and the result was death.  This piece of data ought to figure into your calculus on the use of deadly force in your defense.

The Liberator Mk II

(Via the Drudge Report)

Once again proving that the legal system has a difficult time keeping up with technology, Distributed Defense will be releasing plans for a gun that can be constructed entirely by 3D printing In keeping with its heritage, it isn't much of a gun.

However, gun banners are quick to understand that their wet dream of civilian disarmament is in danger of going up in flames once and for all, and are calling for more laws of dubious utility (at best).

As soon as the files are released, I'm planning on downloading them.  I don't have a 3D printer and have no plans to buy one, but I figure that anything that gets the banners worked up into a frenzy is a good thing to have handy.