Sunday, January 31, 2010

Enforce the laws on the books!

Laws that forbid motorists from using hand-held phones or texting while driving don't appear to result in a significant decrease in vehicle crashes, according to a new study by the Highway Loss Data Institute expected to be released Friday.

The study, expected to be released at a conference in Washington, D.C., Friday, comes amid stepped-up efforts by federal highway-safety regulators to ban texting while driving and curb other forms of driver distraction. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood earlier this week announced rules to forbid commercial truck and bus drivers from text messaging while driving. Mr. LaHood has said he would ban all texting while driving if he could.


I've never understood why anyone would think these laws are necessary? In every place they would pass a new law they already have reckless driving laws. Texting while driving is reckless. Use what you have on the books. There is no need to add another law to an already overly fluffed legal code just to appear to be "doing something."

Real common sense gun laws.

See it here.

The difference between you and me.

Or us and them.

Kevin at The Smallest Minority has an excellent post up about ideological differences, and it's probably the single best justification for warfare I have ever seen as well. Sometimes you have to fight because you can't reason with someone who is arguing with false premises.

Saturday, January 30, 2010

Jennifer's Body.



Surprisingly good. Ms. Needy is worthy of Monster Hunter status. If you like monster movies, movies that make fun of pop culture, and movies in which that nerdy kid kicks ass I highly recommend this one. Decent soundtrack too.

Not bad for a movie I only watched for the cheese cake factor.

Those wimmens loves those men in uniform.

The Austrian military is getting shit for this video:



Which was inspired by this one from the Ukraine:



I think it's all funny. Some women DO flock to men in uniform. Why not use that to get some young men to join up?

You can read the story at Spiegel Online.

Bushmaster. Because you suck. And we hate you more than HK does.

The Firearms Blog has a post up in which a Bushmaster employee does a far impression of an HK employee in trying to justify the FAIL that is the civy ACR:

1st Topic M4 Bbl: M4 profile was picked as a trade-off between weight and durability. We tested up to 6 bbl profiles (hvy, med, light, heavy under the handguard M4, M4, and fluted hvy). We found that the M4 offered the best weight/performance ratio.

2nd 1x9 Bbl Twist vs. 1x7: 1/7 bbl assemblies will be offered. BFI did 1:9 bc tests show that for 62 gr and under it was more accurate than 1:7. However, 1:9 does not stabilize 77 gr and above as well, so for customers requiring a. 1:7 it will be offered separate and installed in the rifle late spring.

3rd Civ weight vs. Mil Version: The Mil version is still under development and weight reduction to 7lbs. is part of that process. When completed, application of those design changes and the use of alternate material components can be applied to the civ model.

4th Chrome lined vs. New Proprietary Coating: Many have pointed out that the ACR barrels are not chrome lined and that is correct... They are not. That does not mean that they are not coated. As stated in our original press release the ACR barrels, and all internal components, feature a new, proprietary coatings that are substrate conversions which vastly increase durability, lubricity and reliability.

5th Pricing: To make this weapon combat ready, and suitable for LE application and Civilian sales, it went thru revision after revision after revision. The ACR is not an inexpensive rifle to produce, it is of the highest quality and we are utilizing the most advanced materials available. The $1500 Retail price tag was not realistic. I know we all wanted to produce and offer this weapon for under $2k, but when the cost roll up is done, and all the pricing is tiered the realistic $’s are what we are showing.

6th BFI Targeting Modern Warfare Consumers Absolutely not, especially when a large demographic playing this game are youth and we are very careful not to market to individuals who are not legally able to own a firearm, especially youth. We commented at the show on the phenomenon Modern Warfare 2 has caused, bringing the awareness of the ACR to an entire segment of the population that was previously unaware of it. But this product has never been targeted specifically to the players of video game. Our target, as it has been and remains, are professional firearms users, tactical firearms enthusiasts, target and competition shooters, and recreational shooters who value high quality, performance firearms.


Don't get me wrong. Where the ACR is concerned I LOVE the concept. I'd really, really like to have one. But frankly it hasn't done enough in the real world to justify the claims, and I feel that the price of R&D for a rifle that the military isn't going to buy is being pawned off on the consumer market.

I hope they sell enough of them to work out the bugs that will come up, and I hope one day they are reasonably priced. But for the current offering I think I'd be more like to put my money into a SCAR in 7.62, and even more likely to put my money into a 6.8 upper, an M1A, and an ACOG.

Friday, January 29, 2010

Ban on short barreled rifles passes Alabama House of Representatives.

House Bill 2 passed the House on Thursday, January 28 by a 97-2 vote. It now moves to the Senate for consideration.

Sponsored by State Representative Jeremy Oden (R-11), HB2 would repeal the section of the Alabama statute that prohibits the possession, sale, receipt, or use of rifles with barrels less than 16 inches long. These rifles are already legal under federal law when properly registered.


This is a good thing. I might have to look into a short barrel for my AR if this passes the Senate. I also need to contact my Senator make sure he know's I support this bill.

I can do a lot of damage in that time...

Seen at Breda's and Tam's,

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Tuesday, January 26, 2010

On The Range #8: Playing with the 10/22

I did a bit of shooting with my Ruger 10/22 this past weekend. I haven't shot it in a while so just to get a feel for it I put a couple hundred rounds down range at around 25 yards. Nothing spectacular.

The main thing I learned is that I needed to raise the rear sight. No big deal. I would have done it while shooting but I didn't have any tools handy and I figured as long as I was getting consistent groups it wasn't a bit deal.

I had a lot of fun with that little gun, and I'm going to definitely do a little shooting with it this weekend if I can. I've moved the rear sight up and so hopefully I'll be hitting exactly where I want the next time.

Saturday, January 23, 2010

Happy Birthday!

A very happy birthday to my favorite inventor.

Thursday, January 21, 2010

So as to avoid confusion...

I've noticed I'm not the only 'Robert' around so from now on I'll be using the nickname 'RobertM' so as to avoind confusion from now on.
Secular right has a video of Hitler ranting about the Scott Brown victory up.

Tam has a link to Hitler ranting about the price of the ACR here.

Funny stuff.

"They said it would be done by August, but it drags on forever, like Stalingrad

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Scott Brown for the win!

Looks like Coakley has conceded.http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2010/01/19/polls-close-competitive-massachusetts-senate-race/

Tuesday.

This week Tuesday is Monday for some people. Not me. I work for a living and we don't get that many holidays off. So today was Tuesday. The good news is that it is also the end of the pay period. Bad news? A stack of bills awaits my check on Thursday.

Work was okay, as far as work goes. Hopefully the rest of the week will be the same.

Met someone new today, sort of (lots of text messages). Possible FWB. We'll see how that goes.

I got my Magpul AFG today. Put on my rifle and realized first and foremost it will not work in conjuntion with my flashlight set-up. I'll need one of those pressure pad switches and cord if I want to be able to turn it on and off at will, otherwise it is on all the time or off all the time. More on that later.

Good luck to Scott Brown. The polls are closed and so far with with 36% of precints reporting in Brown is leading around 407,727 to Coakley's 365,672. Joe Kennedy has less than 8,000 votes.

Great Quote.

The notion that it is OK for local governments to violate the rights of people in certain areas of the country simply because a majority of the people in those localities support said violations disgusts me to no end. I suspect Dr. King wouldn't stand for it either.


RTWT

Monday, January 18, 2010

Ur doin it wrong: Eliminating Stereotypes Edition



SAN ANTONIO — Three people have been wounded when gunfire erupted near crowds attending Martin Luther King Jr. holiday activities in San Antonio.

The shooting happened about 4 p.m. Monday outside a Church's Fried Chicken restaurant in a commercial and retail strip along South New Braunfels Avenue, east of downtown San Antonio.

WOAI-TV in San Antonio quotes witnesses as saying several girls began fighting outside the restaurant when someone drew a gun and fired at least two shots.

The scene is near the end point of San Antonio's MLK Day march, which ended several hours earlier. WOAI-TV reports dozens of people at the restaurant ran for cover after hearing the shots.

No identities have been released of the injured, but early news reports quote police as saying none of the wounds appear to be life-threatening. The reports say two armed teenage boys have been taken into custody.


Thugs shooting each other. Outside a Church's Chicken. On MLK, Jr Day. Wow, just wow.

I can't help but pair this story with this post.

You know what the worst part about this whole thing is?

I'm craving Church's Chicken.

As an atheist, this doesn't offend me.

Coded references to New Testament Bible passages about Jesus Christ are inscribed on high-powered rifle sights provided to the United States military by a Michigan company, an ABC News investigation has found.

The sights are used by U.S. troops in Iraq and Afghanistan and in the training of Iraqi and Afghan soldiers. The maker of the sights, Trijicon, has a $660 million multi-year contract to provide up to 800,000 sights to the Marine Corps, and additional contracts to provide sights to the U.S. Army.


Trijicon is welcome to put whatever they want on their damned scopes. If it offends someone who wishes to purchase one they have two options:

1. DON'T FUCKING BUT IT!

2. Take a file or other tool and remove the offensive reference.

In the case of the military the file option would probably be best. It's easy, it's simple, and it does nothing to degrade the scopes function.

And this is coming from a guy who thing "under God" and "In God We Trust" need to go. But that's another argument entirely.

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Fuck Haiti.

There. I said it.

The more that die the less tax dollars that will need to be spent on the next relief effort. And there will be a next one, and a next one, and a next one. What will we get out of 'helping' Haiti? Not a damned thing, except more people who will expect and demand out help next time.

Let them learn to help themselves, or you can damned well be sure you'll always be helping them.

Does the situation there suck?

Sure as fuck does. So did all the bad earthquakes in California when I was a kid, but we dealt with them. So did 9/11. So did Katrina (and Ivan and Andrew etc.).

Life sucks sometimes. You've got to deal with it or you die. Plain and simple.

Don't take this wrong. As an individual do whatever the hell you want so long is it doesn't hurt someone else. But don't use MY tax dollars to help a bunch of people who have not managed to take care of themselves even before disaster struck. There's plenty that needs to be done right here in this superpower on the donkey ride to third world status.

Saturday, January 16, 2010

Robert's Picks

Books:

A Hymn Before Battle by John Ringo (great!)

Gust Front by John Ringo (good)

1634: The Galileo Affair by Eric Flint and Andrew Dennis (good)

Movies:

Public Enemies (good)

The Book of Eli (very good)

Changes to my firearms collection.

I recently sold my Remington 710. I didn't shoot it much anymore and I just didn't like the damned thing. I used the money to knock a dent in my wants list and pay down a little debt.

I want to add another bolt action rifle to my collection since I now lack one completely. Seeing as cost is a significant issue I am thinking of picking up a Mosin Nagant. I like the history behind the rifle and one of my goals is to collect military small arms when I have the money and time to do so. This would seem to be a decent starting place.

I'm also considering trading in my Kimber Ultra Raptor II toward a commander sized 1911 pistol. I like the Raptor, but it's a bit too small for my taste. I'd like to keep it AND buy a commander sized pistol but current finances won't allow that. I've been wanting to get into IDPA and I think having a commander would be better than the officer sized Ultra.

Maybe in the near future you'll be seeing some new additions and changes to my firearms collection.

Went to the movies.

Saw The Book Of Eli. It was damn good. I really enjoyed it. Definitely recommended if you like post-apocalyptic movies.

Friday, January 15, 2010

The A-Team movie.

As if Taken weren't reason enough to think Liam Neeson kicks ass!

The Ruger 10/22 Carbine.

The Ruger 10/22 is probably one of the most recognizable firearms in the United States. I was given one by my grandfather when I was about 12. I shot it every chance I got. I kept it in my room. I took it on hikes. I felt safe with it, because I knew I could defend myself with it if I had need.

I currently own two. One is the one my grandfather gave me. I left it at home when I moved out and somehow between that time and my grandfather's death the stock was broken. I really need to get a replacement, and put that gun through it's paces again.

The second I bought about a year after I moved out on my own. I already had a HK USP .45 and a Ruger Mini-14 (both of which I've since sold). I wanted something that would be a little cheaper to shoot and so I bought the little Ruger .22 carbine.

I think the saddest part is that I don't shoot my .22 often enough. It's a great gun, and I do have a lot of fun with it, but it doesn't quite give the same thrill as my larger caliber guns.

Hopefully, that will soon change. Since buying my S&W M&P15 I've wanted to improve my skills with a carbine. .223 ammunition can be expensive though, and while I don't mind buying the stuff it does make me hesitate to shoot up all my ammo in a good range session. The answer to my dilemma has been sitting in my closet.

I pulled out the second Ruger tonight and gave it a look over. It's been neglected, and showed it. I went over the barrel and other exposed metal with a bronze brush in order to remove some rust freckling. I ran a bore snake through the barrel a few times. I oiled it, and wiped down all the exposed metal with a silicone clothe.

Hopefully I'll get to put a few rounds through it soon and work on my rifle shooting skills.

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Brownells

I made my first purchase from Brownells today. I've been interested in getting a Magpul AFG since I first heard about them. Hopefully it'll be arriving in about a week.

I've been attempting to put a dent in my 'wants' list, but I can't stop myself from adding things. Two things that are definitely going to get purchased soon are a couple of dvds from Magpul:



I hope he does time.

WASHINGTON — Washington Wizards guard Gilbert Arenas was charged Thursday with felony gun possession in connection with a Dec. 21 locker room confrontation with a teammate.

Prosecutors charged Arenas with one count of carrying a pistol without a license, which carries a maximum penalty of five years in prison. The charges were filed in D.C. Superior Court in an "information," a document that generally signals a plea deal.


If he gets less punishment than the average person who is similarly charged, then it's bullshit. But I'm glad they are at least charging him.

DC's gun laws suck, but what he did was stupid. He should face a hell of a lot of other charges that would still be valid even if DC's gun laws had been what I would prefer them to be

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

So...racism.

Alright, the more I look into the more I think Harry Reid is a jackass and a moron. But I can't find the racism without making a giant leap. Sorry. Can't do it.

Now, is it as bad as what Trent Lott did. No, it's not.

It's worse.

Resign Harry. Just fucking do it already.

And that is my retraction, such as it is. Yeah, I've been a little up and down, back and forth, and around in circles on the issue. Oh, well. I'm human.

Anyway, Larry Correia has the best post up about it all that I've seen to date. Go read it.

Retraction coming.

Before getting all the details I went off in a half-cocked post defending ol' Harry. Now that I understand exactly what was said it is obvious that the statements were racist (against whit and black
voters, NOT the president).

More later when I can do this from home.

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

White people are secret racists.

(CNN) -- We're just going to put it out there: Behind closed doors, whites talk differently about blacks.

At least that's what two sociologists found after conducting a study of college students across the country.

One of the researchers, Joe Feagin, said that's why it comes as no surprise to him that a powerful politician such as Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid would talk about Barack Obama's skin color and use the term "Negro dialect" in what he considered a private conversation.

Speaking not of Reid but of his conclusions drawn from his research, Feagin said, "Most whites have sharply reduced the blatantly racist stuff they do in public, while they still do huge amounts in private."

"It's just social correctness in the front stage. The scale of this is gigantic on the backstage, which is why the notion of a post-racial America is laughable," said Feagin, a professor at Texas A&M University.


Funny that this article doesn't seem to mention how non-white racial groups in America talk about other racial groups 'behind closed doors.' The claim that 'white people' are racists is in itself a racist statement. Extrapolating that because some whites do it then all whites do it presumes that there is something about being white that makes you racists.

Sounds like bullshit to me, but what do I know.

Let me ask you this:

Ever listened to a black, hispanic, or asian comedian who made jokes about white people? I have. Espeically black comedians. Come to think of it, I've heard black comedians make a hell of a lot of racial jokes about whites, but also to a lesser extent about hispanics and asians.

Those fucking racists! I have to run away and cry myself to sleep now!

Sunday, January 10, 2010

NBA players needs to defend themselves...just like the rest of us.

An article by John Lott shows that NBA players are even more likely to be the victims of violent crime than your average person. Just one more reason they should not be forced to give up their rights in order to keep their jobs.

"Athletes in some respects constitute more attractive targets," Kleck says. "They have a high public profile and are known to have wealth and items that can easily be stolen, such as jewelry."

Statistics support Kleck's case. Five NBA players were robbed during the four years from 2005 to 2008 — a rate of 280 per 100,000 people, compared to 145 per 100,000 for the rest of the U.S. population. In other words, the rate that NBA players are robbed was about twice the rate for the rest of the country.

While "only" five robberies over four years might appear to be too small a number for a fair comparative evaluation, Professor Lloyd Cohen, who teaches statistics to lawyers at George Mason University Law School, says: "This is an appropriate benchmark for determining that the likelihood of an NBA player being a victim of robbery is greater than [that] for the general population. This is not an artificially selected sample. This is looking at all the reported incidents in recent years."

The robberies of the NBA players also were comparatively brutal. Possibly because of the players' physical size, those who rob them generally commit their crimes in groups and appear to engage in more planning. Indeed, all the robberies committed against NBA players from 2005 to 2008 involved at least two robbers, and they averaged 2.6 robbers. By contrast, a single robber commits the overwhelming majority of other robberies.


I've said before that if professional athelets are anything, then they are an untapped resource by the Right to Keep and Bear Arms movement.

On a side note, I found this part of the article to be very interesting:

Over the years, some NBA stars, including Shaquille O'Neal and Charles Barkley, have carried concealed handguns. But it isn't just NBA players who feel the need for protection. From talk show hosts (Don Imus, Howard Stern, and Sean Hannity) to actors (Bill Cosby, Cybill Shepherd, Tom Selleck, Robert De Niro) to numerous politicians, many in the public eye have said they feel the need to protect themselves. OTHERS, INCLUDING ROSIE O'DONNELL, RELY ON ARMED BODYGUARDS.


Emphasis all mine.

"Mind what people do, not only what they say, for deeds will betray a lie." -Terry Goodkind

On The Range #7: A little of this, and a little of that

I did quite a bit of shooting today. I was shooting both carbine and pistol.

First, I'd like to say that I LOVE my new single point sling. It's great being able to go hands free. So far it works well and doesn't get in the way. I need to do some more comprehensive carbine practice to test is for sure though.

So anyway, I was mainly concerned with checking the zero on my M&P15 today. It is dead on at 25 yards. I can't get out to 200 to see how it does there, but I'm pretty confident it would do well as long as I could do my part. The best ammo by far was Winchester Silver Tip. Hornady 55grain did well also. My cheap-o Russian stuff also shot reasonably well.

Most of my shooting was done at 25 yards, but I also did a little at around 100 and 75. I had a lot of fun with it. The thumb break grip method seems to work well for close up stuff (I have yet to do any testing of shooting on the move), but I noticed I tend to use a different grip when shooting at 75 yards or further, or when shooting from anything but a standing position. Different grips for different types of shooting? I think yes.

After satisfying myself that my carbine is ready for some more comprehensive practice drills I transitioned to pistol shooting. After the last time I went shooting I decided to develop my own 100 round drill. The drill is as follows:

Warm up = 8 rounds (1 magazine) slow fired

Strong hand only = 16 rounds, 1 slow and 1 fast

Weak hand only = 16 rounds, 1 slow and 1 fast

"Bill Drill" = 7x6 rounds at 7 yards, 4 slow and 3 timed

"Mozambique Drill" = 5x at 7 yards, 3 slow and 2 timed

Head shots = 3 well aimed head shots at 25 yards

Times for the Bill Drill were: 5.77 seconds, 5.90 seconds, 7.21 seconds

All of these were faster than the first time I did the Bill Drill so hopefully things will keep going that way.

Times for the Mozambique Drill were: 3.77 seconds and 4.43 seconds

I've never timed the Mozambique Drill before so these will be the times for me to beat next time.

Later on I want to incorporate some movement, failures, and shooting from unnatural positions into my practice. For now I want to keep working on the fundamentals and I think what I have in the 100 round drill is perfect for that.

We need to make it more illegaler for criminals to break the law!

Tam saves the world from the scurge of gun crime:

Wait, you mean he's under indictment for multiple felonies? But... but... then it would be illegal for him to have a gun! I mean, illegaller than it already was because he didn't have a permit in the state with some of the most draconian gun laws in the nation. The only solution would be to make it double plus secret illegal for criminals to have guns, then those criminals would obey the law.

Friday, January 8, 2010

Public Enemies

I just finished watching Public Enemies. It was my latest delivery via Netflix. I really wish I'd had the chance to see this one in theaters! Great movie, with gun porn galore.

Bwahahaha!



HT Alan at SnarkyBytes

Thursday, January 7, 2010

As the snow falls in central Alabama...

I wonder, wither Global Warming?

I've had frozen water pipes for going on four days now. Looking at the forecast they will probabaly remain that way until the middle of next week.

Fuck you, Al Gore. Fuck you in the ear.

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Not much going on.

Pipes are still frozen, and probably won't be thawed until the middle of next week. Looks like I'll be bumming my brother's shower for a while.

I did a little dry fire practice tonight. I have a small 'X' taped to the wall of my trailer that I use such purposes. I was doing pretty good. My trigger control improves with every bit of practice, and I finally think I've found the perfect grip for my little 1911.

I'm looking forward to the day I can buy a commander size 1911 and another full size. The commander will be perfect for carry. I like my Ultra, but it's just a little too small for my taste. And I miss shooting a full size 1911.

Ban NBA players who own guns?

Ed Shultz, on MSNBC, is calling for the NBA to ban players from owning guns. Cause they set a bad example to THE CHILDREN!!!!!!!

I've said before that pro-gun groups and individuals need to do more to reach out to pro-athlete gun owners. Let's get them in some NRA classes and get them the proper legal documentation they need. They've got the money to go after permits in places most people can't or won't. While some do suffer from stupidity a few just suffer from ignorance.

Take Plaxico Buress. The guy had a CCW in his original state of residence, but not in NJ or NY where he was living and playing. He had the money to hire a lawyer and jump through the hoops of getting permits in both states. He didn't because he figured the Florida permit was good enough (and would be in a just society and hopefully will be one day). Had he had proper training he may have had the gun in a holster and his ND never would have happened.

If we could have got to him before things went bad could his troubles have been prevented?

Maybe. And we could have a good representative out there who is recognized and respected.

I don't think we should take any responsibility for another individuals lack of good judgement, but we do seem to be failing to take advantage of available political and social resources to help further the Pro-Gun cause.

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Anti-Gun Epic Fail

Honesty at last!

Surely not what they wanted it to say, but accurate just the same.

Media biased about guns? Surely not!

An editorial in the Washington Times takes the media to task for failing to cover positive gun stories.

Often what's true and what makes good TV are two different things. But either way, news standards don't give people any idea about the costs and benefits of people owning guns. Police are extremely important in stopping crimes, but police understand that they almost always arrive on the scene after a crime has occurred. Heroic actions of citizens who stop attacks deserve a lot more attention.


HT Sebastian

Real airport security.

The fact of the matter is we already have some of the best bomb detection “technology” available to us, that would lead to more job opportunities and long term employment. It has an amazing rate of success, is able to give an immediate profile with no prejudices inherited to its system. And for every new scanner placed in an airport ten-twelve explosive detection “systems” could be deployed. I am of course talking about K-9 bomb detection units.

It would put more man power in the airports, provide long reaching job opportunities in every way from breeders, trainers, educators, to officers/handlers. Yet since it isn't “new” or “glamorous” we won't pursue it as an idea

If the United States was committed to fighting the war-on-terror-in-the-skies posters of wanted terrorists would line the numerous bare walls in airports giving people a heads up to be on the look out for these suspected individuals. This would be akin to the highly successful television series America's Most Wanted (as of the date of this writing has led to the capture of 1,099 individuals).

Instead we have a nebulous “no fly list” of suspected individuals which according to Homeland Security's Michael Chertoff only contains the names of 2,500 people while the ACLU contends that the number of individuals suspected and listed to varying degrees actually numbers around one million. Including persons who have criticized the TSA publicly (bloggers included).

The time as come that we must realize that while the rank and file TSA agents have a difficult job, we need to do away with the men an women in nice blazers and clip on ties and replace them with well trained highly motivated armed men and women in BDUs. It is also time that we employed our National Guard on the exterior of our airports and began giving them mass education in civil liberties.


I couldn't agree more with everything he says. Take a minute or two to read the entire post.

'Leaked' Video of the Remington ACR

I'd love to get my hands on one of these (well, a civy version anyway) and see if they live up to the advertising. If they do they stand to be great all around rifles.

Law vs. Ethics/Morality

Over at View From The Porch, Tam said,

Obviously, at some point, "living by the rules" becomes itself a larger crime. At what point is one justified in substituting one's conscience for the rule book? Is one ever justified doing the opposite?


A very good discussion began in the comments and it all worth reading.

Sooooo c-c-c-old!

Usually, I like cold weather. I really do. However, living with no form of heating besides small space heaters is starting to become a drag. I swear, I will some day own a home with a wood burning stove or fireplace. I will also have central air/heat.

Anyway, this weekend is looking to be the coldest in a long damned time for Alabama. I'm into day 2 of having frozen pipes. Today's high of 34 wasn't high enough to get a thaw. Tomorrow is forecast to have a high of 40. Hopefully that will do it. I'm also going to place one of my small heaters in the crawl space under my trailer right where the pipe comes out of the ground. Hopefully the heat will radiate up and along with the 'warm' temperatures tomorrow get my water flowing again. I hope so, or I may be begging to stay with a friend for a few days.

Snow is predicted Thursday, which means I may not be working Friday. Fun fun. I'll probably have to use a vacation day because I can't afford to be short on my paycheck again. I'm already missing half of a day from getting off early last week.

I want to go shooting this weekend. I don't know if I'll be able to with it being this cold. We'll see though.

Monday, January 4, 2010

Worst. Day. EVER.

Today has sucked. I'm trying to look at things positively. Sure, they could be worse. Sure, I could be dying of cancer. But I'm not. I'm just here, living this life and I feel like complaining because it's the only thing I can do at the moment.

Today started around 2:30 AM for me. I woke up an couldn't get back to sleep. I tossed and turned for about an hour, and then I started checking out blogs on my iPhone. Around four I got up and started a pot of coffee.

I had coffee, and then a breakfast of scrambled eggs, sausage, and toast. Breakfast was good. While I knew I would be tired I thought that it might be an okay day, all in all.

Boy was I wrong.

The first job today was easy, and continue me thinking things were going to be okay. Then I found out another job we're working on has gone through a series of changes that mean we basically have to do it all over again. Well...not all...just the most tedious parts. I spent the better half of my day tangled in CAT V. Unfun.

I arrived home ready to relax and have some left over hamburger helper for dinner. After unlocking the padlock and entering the interior of my drafty trailer I noticed a sickly sweet smell. It took me a few moments to discover exactly what it was.

Turns out I left the coffee maker on all day. That means I have a nice layer of sludge in the bottom that has to be cleaned out. Went to do that and disovered that at some point between my leaving home this morning and arriving back this afternoon that my water pipes had frozen!

Did I mention I live in a drafty old trailer? I'd left one of my space heaters going (since I have neither central heat or air) but it wasn't good enough.

Thank you global warming! Thank you!

My pipes were frozen and there was not a damn thing I can do about since the temperature outside was 25 degrees F and falling when I arrived home. Shit. There is noway for me to heat up the pipes since they are practically outside and exposed to the weather. I've got them packed in insulation but they are metal and just even their proximity to the hot water heater does me not good. Damn it all. FUCK!

So my bath tonight is care of a gallon of distilled water and my range. Not pleasant.

I've sequestered myself in my bedroom at this point since the living room is too cold to stand.

I survived last winter. I'll survive this one.

Let's hope I don't end up with a busted pipe. Of couse, that's assuming it warms up enough tomorrow for the pipes to thaw. High of 35. I think I'm fucked.

Oh, and I'm also broke...completely my fault. Shouldn't have paid a $25 cover to get into a bar New Year's Eve. Aside from the company, it sucked.

Saturday the girl I'm dating spent the night. Nothing happened, because soon after she initiated the action she put a stop to it. She even had the grace to say she felt bad and wanted to know if I was mad.

Mad? Why? This raging case of blue balls? That's nothing to worry about! The utter disappointment after being told for weeks how I wouldn't be getting any sleep because we'd be too busy when she finally stayed the night? Not a problem!

I told her I didn't want to talk about it as she went on about how bad she felt and wanting to know if I was mad. I went to sleep. Actually slept pretty well. Wish I'd have woke up alone, though. She's a frickin' moron anyway.

Okay, enough pity trip, bitch and moan. I'm tired, cold, in need of a hot shower, and a hotter piece of ass to keep me company and there is not a damned thing I can to improve the situation.

"The West Is Choked By Fear"

From an article I read on Spiegel Online:

The attack on illustrator Kurt Westergaard wasn't the first attempt to carry out a deadly fatwa. When Muslims tried to murder Salman Rushdie 20 years ago, the protests among intellectuals were loud. Today, though, Western writers and thinkers would rather take cover than defend basic rights.


It's very good article, and I highly recommend it. Here's one for freedom:

Sunday, January 3, 2010

This is how you lose a war.

First, you take a fortified position and abandon it. Rather than fall back to a stronger position and regroup you give up on the area and allow your enemies to fortify their position of safety in order to launch attacks upon you.

Sure, the authorties are going to war with the terrorists in Yemen. Good for them. But I'm not too confidendent in their will or ability to win that particular fight. I hope I'm wrong, but I can't help but wonder if Yemen will turn into another Afghanistan in the coming years.

What she said.

I am coming close to despising you Go Team conservative people, you Jacksonian idiots in love with simple democracy, you people who fail to see that historical America is coming to a harsh end and refusing to accept any frame of thought that doesn’t exist outside of your narrow, broken line of ill-kept, dogmatic political republican thought. You fail to see your complicity in this shameful debacle, the diminishing of this great land, with your carping insistence on a host of legislation that removes our rights in the name of high-minded social law and over reaching order. Do it for the children, you whine and pule. Keep us safe, you bellow from suburban canyons. Fuck your children and fuck your safety. You opened the door to this beast and you are still, my God, clamoring for more? Litmus tests my ass, run all of these ragged peddlers out at the end of burning torches and pitchforks raised high. I’d ask you to grab yourself a firm spine if you manage to head down the hard path of burning the GOP to it’s well deserved ground.


Go read the whole thing.

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Saturday, January 2, 2010

Why I will never cooperate with a criminal.

Random Acts of Patriotism has a great post up clearly shows why cooperating with a criminal is a bad idea.

"He trusted, he complied, and he died."

Friday, January 1, 2010

Concerning open carry.

I have no heartburn with Uncle's or Wolfwood's stance, just so long as they continue to realize that their personal choice is not incumbent on everyone and shouldn't be.

As others have stated it isn't and either/or nor is it an open carry vs. concealed carry ONLY proposition.

I see no reason to believe, though, that we can ever return to the normality of Americans not being fearful of armed peaceable men if we continue to hide the reality from them. Only open carry can normalize the false impressions now abundant in society. That doesn't mean no one should conceal carry, but it should mean that conceal carriers do not vilify their more open brethren.
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More here, and here.

My personal opinion on 'open carry' is that there is no valid reason it should not be allowed at all times and in all places. That is to say, my feelings on open carry exactly mirror my feelings on concealed carry.

The biggest thing to realize about open carry is that it is a whole different animal from concealed carry. People should take their cues from those who do it every day, LEOs, and tailor their open carrying habits accordingly by having, at the bare minimum, a retention holster and some practice in retention (which you should already have if you only carry concealed...someone may still make a grab if Murphy comes to play).

ETA:

Robb Allen had this to say in comments on Uncle's post (second 'here' above),

There are legitimate reasons to want to avoid Open Carry. Having your gun taken from you is not one of them.

How many cops are jumped and have their guns stolen? I mean, if thugs are looking for easy guns (I guess stealing them takes too much effort these days), why aren’t they picking on cops? Cops have guns and have minimal retention training. If smash and grabs were as common as people make them out to be, why aren’t there dozens of stories a month? I expect the same behavior from my side as I demand of the anti-gunners – Show me the proof that this is the case.

Not everyone wants to deal with the hassle. I understand and respect that. I have a family that relies on me to provide for them and cannot afford to push issues as hard as I would like. I can’t OC because I live in Florida but I assure you, I would if it were legal. Not because I want to make a political statement – I can do that with a bumper sticker or a t-shirt – but because it is both more comfortable given our climate, and we need more people willing to get our culture back into the mainstream, and we can’t do it if everyone conceals.

Not everyone is a good ambassador to gun ownership, but open carrying is no different than ownership in general. If you value freedom, then you must deal with the fact that some people are going to do stupid things. This doesn’t mean you shouldn’t support those who are decent carriers.

Just like some thugs will commit crimes with guns, we’re still supportive of other gun owners because we know the criminals are an infinitesimally small percentage and that by and large, gun ownership is a benefit to society. I am perfectly content with people not desiring to OC themselves because of the hassle, but it bugs me to no end to see the dismissive attitude towards those who do when you should be glad someone is willing to put up with everything to get guns back into the main stream.

OC isn’t a political statement for me, it’s an awareness statement. Sure, some idiots are ‘loud and proud’, but you gotta let the idiots Darwin themselves.

Good.

Washington (CNN) -- A federal judge dismissed manslaughter charges Thursday against five Blackwater security guards in the 2007 deaths of Iraqi civilians in a Baghad square, finding that prosecutors wrongly used the men's own statements against them.

The September 2007 shootout in Baghdad's Nusoor Square left 17 Iraqis dead and two dozen wounded. The killings led Iraq's government to slap limits on security contractors hired by Blackwater, now known as Xe, and other firms.

U.S. District Judge Ricardo Urbina found that the government's case was built largely on "statements compelled under a threat of job loss in a subsequent criminal prosecution," a violation of the Fifth Amendment rights of the five men charged.


Good. This case has been bullshit from the beginning. Everything I've read about points to a terrible mistake in a war zone that couldn't have been prevented that turned into a witchhunt.