Friday, April 30, 2010

Work.

Is keeping me pretty busy. I've only been home before 5 once this week. Yesterday I was up at 4 AM, out the door by 4:30, and not home until around 6 PM. There is a lot of driving involved. Most of my work so far has been in the next county over.

The work isn't particularly hard. There is a lot of new information involved, but I think I'm picking it up quickly. My trainer has indicated that I am doing well.

I think I'm going to like this job, and the money should be good. The training pay sucks, and I need a check SOON, but that will change in the next two weeks if things go well.

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Live from the nanny state.

County officials in Silicon Valley trying to curb childhood obesity voted Tuesday to ban restaurants from giving away toys and other freebies that often come with high-calorie meals aimed at kids.

The ordinance is largely symbolic as it would only cover unincorporated areas of Santa Clara County, meaning only about a dozen fast-food outlets and several other family-owned restaurants would be affected.

But its chief sponsor says it's still important because it paves the way for other areas to act, may spur action by fast-food chains to offer healthier choices and can help parents by taking away a child's incentive for wanting less healthy food.

"This ordinance does not attack toys. Obviously, toys, in and of themselves, do not make children obese," said county Supervisor Ken Yeager, who pushed for the ban. "But it is unfair to parents and children to use toys to capture the tastes of children when they are young to get them hooked on eating high-sugar, high-fat foods early in life."


You know, I ate a lot of happy meals back in the day. I got a lot of toys out of the deal. But I didn't eat happy meals for the toy. I liked
chicken mcnuggets. Still do.

If you're a parent and can't tell your kid no because they want a cheap little toy they'll lose interest with in an hour you should go kill yourself.

Monday, April 26, 2010

Layers of editorial oversight.

I like Fox and all, but they're still MSM and they still piss me from time to time with the games they play. In light of that....



That's the bomp!

Sunday, April 25, 2010

The UN is going to end malaria deaths!!!

Ban Ki-moon, the United Nations secretary-general, has called for the elimination of malaria deaths by the end of 2010 as he marks the first World Malaria Day.

Malaria remains a killer disease, with nearly one million people losing their lives every year.

Eighty five per cent of deaths are children under five years of age.

Most malaria cases occur in Africa but it nevertheless remains a global problem also affecting large parts of Asia and Latin America.


Somehow I doubt they're going to break out the DDT.

Ban called for more bed nets, more malaria clinics, more training for community health workers, and encouragement of research into the disease.


Nets. Yep. That's the way to solve the problem....200 hundred years ago. Or, we could solve it with technology from 100 years ago and spray the walls of homes with a small amount of DDT. It worked in the past, and it'll work just as well today.

You want to stop malaria deaths, then kill the fucking critters who give it to people. Give those people an effective means of protecting themselves from the biological weapons wielding Evil Empire of Insects. ; )

Quote of the day.



"We don't have colors. We have people."
-Henry "Gip" Gipson, owner of Gip's Place

Gip's Place isn't much more than a tin roofed shed, but it's the place to go if you want to hear the blues. I'm going to have to check it out one Saturday night.

Thumb break method and the Magpul AFG.

A lot of traffic is getting steered this way because this blog has become the #2 search result for the 'thumb break method,' specifically this post.

I liked the thumb break method, and if using a vertical grip it's the way I would should most times. However, I've found that getting rid of the vertical grip and going with a Magpul AFG has been the best move, for me, I could make when it comes to carbine shooting. I just shoot better with it, and it feels better.

I want to take a couple of carbine courses, as well as do a lot more shooting one my own. If this new job I just started goes the way I hope it does then both of those things may be happening within the next few months.

Immigration and Facebook.

A little back and forth on immigration:

This article was posted, and thoughts were asked for:

First response: I think this is par for course for the state of Arizona since they were the only state screaming and kicking to NOT want to recognize Martin Luther King Day. This DOES violate an individual's constitutional rights and is clearly racial profiling. I hardly think a cop is going to go up to a white person in Arizona and ask to see their papers. This will be struck down in the courts.

My response: If the feds were doing their job this law would never have been considered. Illegal immigration is a problem and nothing is being done to address it. It probably will be struck down in federal court because it violates the US Constitution's supremacy clause. However, it could be argued that the federal government has failed in it's constitutional duty to protect states from invasion and that a state has a legitimate power to seek other means of solving the problem when the feds fail to do so (Arizona has seen a huge rise in crime that is committed by illegals involved in the drug trade...it would be hard to argue that organized criminal gangs operating with impunity from Mexico is any less of an invasion than that by Poncho Villa's bandits in the early 20th century).

In the end, it's more a political statement than anything. I'm personally more interested in the fact that Arizona recently passed legislation allowing anyone who isn't barred from owning a gun to carry one without needing a permit. It's a score for individual freedom.

Third response: [...] I didnt know about the state not recognizing MLK day.
I have NO problem with people from other countries wanting to come to the US, even if it's just for work BUT get a SSN & PAY TAXES!!!! I dont care if you take a damn test or not...who cares...just dont make the US citizens suffer financially. Oh...& make them get car ins! haha

First: Yep. Here's the thing. Most of them do pay taxes when it comes to buying stuff at Walmart or grocery stores, which all illegal immigrants do. They wouldn't be paying income taxes anyway because they don't make enough money even if they did file taxes. I think most states (at least the ones I've lived in) require everyone to have car insurance... See More. The problem is if they don't have a driver's license, then they can't have car insurance, so they could still be driving without insurance. The majority of these people simply want to make a living and harm no one at all. I always try to put myself in the shoes of other people...and if you were living in squalor in Mexico and couldn't provide for your family, my guess is you would also try to get into this country to make a living for your family, too. There's always two sides to a story. Anyone that has a heart would see things a little differently if they just tried to do that.

Me: California doesn't have a sales tax on groceries. It also has the highest concentration of illegal aliens, Steve. A hell of a lot of the money they do make goes straight back to their home countries. Like it or not, they aren't contributing to this society, in most cases have no wish to be members of it, and in many cases are just as rabidly racist as the worst sheet wearing Alabama cracker.

First: Yes, California has one of the highest concentrations of illegal aliens. But I can bet they don't just buy groceries at WalMart, Kmart, Costco or wherever else they shop which is basically the same places I shop because I see them there all of the time. I'm not sure how you can say they aren't contributing to society. How do they make the money... See More? Steal it? Of course not. The vast majority work their butts off for it. I see it on a daily basis every morning downtown where they congregate while waiting for someone to come pick them up to paint, landscape, etc. There's no reason to stereotype them, either. We know so many illegal immigrants here and they couldn't be more opposite of what you just described.

Me: Not every brown face you see is an illegal. And no, illegals don't contribute to society. They can't. The small amount of money that they put back into the US economy is far outweighed by the amount they take out. They create an economic situation (that could be solved by eliminating minimum wage) in which American workers can't compete. Those... See More who are citizens and can't compete go on the public dole. That costs those who do pay taxes more. If they weren't here illegally that wouldn't be an issue because they'd be making at least minimum wage just like everyone else. You can't deposit a dollar, write a check for $20, and then claim you contributed.

They work hard? They can work just as hard in their own countries and build them into something to be proud then. No reason to come here.

Never met any racists Latinos, Chinese, or Koreans? You've not spent enough times in the right parts of LA.

First: Agreed. I'm married to someone that is not white. I just don't see anything you're saying as being backed up by any facts. Do you actually think there are Americans that are willing to do the kinds of jobs that these illegals do? Maybe in today's in economy, but not when the economy is going strong. It's just sad that you think that they can ... See Morework just as hard in their countries. I'm just wondering if you've ever been to Mexico, Dominican Republic, Haiti like I have and seen the lack of opportunities they have in their own countries. There are racists everywhere. That doesn't mean that I have to be one. By the way...ever thought of all of the Indians that we massacred? Talk about illiegal immigration...

We're obviously never going to agree on this issue and I would guess most issues, so I'll respectfully just agree to disagree.

Me: Been to Mexico. There are plenty of opportunities. Do you have any idea how many natural resources that country has?

People will do the work, if the pay is reasonable. People who live here won't do the work that many illegals do because they're not living as subsistence levels in order to provide for a family in country where the dollar is a more valuable currency.

Most of your claims have been racists so far, albeit towards white people. But hey, that's okay, right? What's sad is that you can't see how self hating your are. You want to talk about American Indian massacres, but I doubt you want to talk about the ones they committed against European settlers. Illegal immigration? Hardly, considering American Indians did not believe in owning land and had no established nations. You want me to feel sorry for a bunch of savages who hadn't even managed to invent the wheel and spent most of their time killing and raping each other. Please.

Respectfully disagree? You have to respect someone before you can do that and you've done nothing to earn that from me. You've not made one clear rebut any of the claims I've made, and from the beginning you've done nothing but throw up straw men that are so flimsy they aren't even worth the effort of knocking down. You talk about facts, but haven't given the first one yourself. Please. Why don't you go take a class in argumentation then come play again?


Fun, yes. Waste of time? Also yes.

Friday, April 23, 2010

First day on the new job.

Involved sitting a small room watching orientation videos and then going to a clinic to piss in a cup. The best part was all the cute nurses at the clinic. I think I know where I'll be going for my medical needs from now on.

Tomorrow will be my first 'real work' day. The guy I'm training with is local so I won't have to drive halfway across the state to meet up with him which is good since it will be about three weeks before I see my first paycheck and I've only got $52 to see me through to then.

I can part with some stuff, I guess, if I really need to. Hopefully not.

Anyway, tomorrow, which will be a lovely day of thunder storms, I will get an idea of what it's really going to be like.

The Losers.

The Losers is not a movie you should be seeing if you're expecting anything other than huge plot holes filled with guns. Of course, for me, the 'filled with guns' aspect is all I really needed.

Looking for a good story? It's kind of there, but so very very predictable. It was extremely cheesy. It was funny, and it had decent action. It was a movie of stereotypes. There was even a dual wielding MP5s scene.

But the guns!! Oh, the beautiful, beautiful guns! 1911s, M4s, a tricked out AR10 sniper rifle, G36s, MP5s, and I think a UMP or 2. Not to mention much better weapons handling than you can usually expect from Hollywood. I was really impressed by this early on, and happy to see that it remained pretty standard throughout the entire movie.

There were, of course, some silly ass things done with guns from time to time. The dual wielding MP5s being the most ridiculous. There were a few crazy to impossible sniper shots as well. However, the one thing that bothered me the most was once scene with a 1911. It was obviously a Colt 1911. It was handed to someone with the hammer down. That someone shoots someone else and hands it back...with the hammer still down. It was glaringly obvious to anyone who knows anything about guns. It bugged the hell out of me considering all the guns stuff (aside from some of the sniper shots) was pretty spot on; this was, of course, before the dual wielding.

Anyway, I wasn't disappointed. I could have waited until it came out on dvd, but I liked it just the same. I'll probably pick it up on dvd just for the gun pr()n.

Second Navy SEAL cleared.

This is good news.

After a daylong trial and fewer than two hours considering the evidence, Navy Judge Cmdr. Tierny Carlos found Petty Officer 2nd Class Jonathan Keefe of Yorktown, Virginia, not guilty of dereliction of duty, a spokesman said.

It was the second verdict in as many days to throw out charges against a SEAL accused in the abuse case. Three SEALS, the Navy's elite special forces unit, face charges in a case that has drawn fire from at least 20 members of Congress and other Americans who it see it as coddling terrorists to overcompensate for the notorious Abu Ghraib prison scandal.

The trial against the third and final SEAL to be charged is slated for May 3 in Norfolk, Virginia.


I think the one thing that has always stood in the SEALs favor was this:

The men could have accepted a nonjudicial reprimand but wanted to go to trial to clear their names, Lombardi said. A reprimand could have resulted in a loss of rank; if they are convicted at trial, they could get up to a year in jail, a bad conduct discharge, or a loss of rank or pay.


I'm glad two have been cleared so far, and I have nothing but good wishes for the third.

Death by firing squad. No, really!

Utah is set to execute a man by firing squad.

Utah is scheduled to execute a convicted killer by firing squad on June 18 after a judge signed a warrant for his execution.

State court Judge Robin Reese signed the warrant Friday morning in a Salt Lake City courtroom.

Ronnie Lee Gardner has been on Utah's death row for 25 years. After Reese said Gardner's avenues for appeal are exhausted and that he would sign the warrant, Gardner said "I would like the firing squad, please."

The 49-year-old Gardner would be the first death row inmate executed in Utah since Joseph Mitchell Parsons died by lethal injection in 1999.

Gardner was sentenced to death in 1985 for the Salt Lake City courthouse slaying of attorney Michael Burdell during a failed escape attempt.

Gardner's attorney says an appeal is planned.


Believe it or not, I was aware that Utah still had the firing squad on the books. Personally, I think it's a good idea. It'll sure as hell be cheaper than lethal injection even with the rising cost of ammo. Too bad it won't be common in the future. According to Wikipedia:

A law passed on March 15, 2004, banned execution by firing squad in Utah, but since that specific law was not retroactive,[22] four inmates (one, Roberto Arguelles died of natural causes on death row, leaving only three) on Utah's death row could still have their last requests granted.


As to the appeal, I'm wondering what it will be if all avenues of appeal have already been exhausted? Probably a cruel and unusual appeal, if I had to guess. I would think this would be merit-less as the condemned requested the firing squad.

Pay attention parents.

Robb Allen makes some very good points about paying attention to what your kids are being taught:

Look, nothing would make me happier than my daughter coming home and saying "Daddy, you know we could save a lot of money by turning off lights we don't need and really cut down on fuel costs if we'd plan our outings so that we could maximize our fuel usage". I have no problems with her learning about conservation and how pollution is a bad thing. I'm even ok with the concept of recycling (although it's pretty much bunk. Don't believe me? Then try this trick. Take all your plastic & newspapers and try to find someone willing to pay you for it). In fact, for all my joking about baby seal club sandwiches and Ford Earthfuckers, I'm really interested in conservation.

The problem is the kids are being taught this stuff sans any form of context. Protect the Earth at All Costs is a great looking bumper sticker, but it fails to instill any sense of reasoning behind it and is dangerous in the end. It becomes a tautology rather than a comprehension of basic economics. Then again, the ability to think for yourself is a danger to statists, and best to stamp out that ability from day one.


I couldn't agree more, and I'm glad I don't face his dilemma.

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Shame on you Comedy Central!

Comedy Central bleeped out all references to the Prophet Muhammad in Wednesday night's episode of the animated show "South Park."

The episode was a continuation of last week's episode which depicted the Prophet Muhammad in a bear suit.

A radical Muslim website threatened the show's creators following that episode.

Comedy Central confirmed to FoxNews.com that it had censored the show, and that the episode was not available on its website.

In addition to bleeping the words "Prophet Muhammad," the show also covered the character with a large block labeled "Censored."


"You have no marbles!"

Ripley goes to Congress.

Sigourney Weaver is fighting against acid. But this time it's not the blood of vicious aliens. She's going to testify on the ocean acidification. 'Cause, you know, she's an expert...

I’m just questioning whether Sigourney Weaver, Sissy Spacek, Jeff Daniels, Nick Jonas, and the Backstreet Boys have the kind of expertise that Congress ought to draw on in deciding how to run my life. Or then again, maybe planning the economy and running other people’s lives is farce at best, and Congress should just hold hearings with Will Ferrell and John Cleese.
This:

How come when you attend a high-level handgun course, half everybody is using full-size pistols in offset holsters with double and triple mag carriers, but when they leave, all that crap goes back in the range bag and they revert to a Kel-Tec in the pocket of their khakis or a J-frame in their purse?


Turned into a rather good and funny ongoing conversation in the comments section.

Sadly, my gun school cash fund has been extremely limited so I've only taken an NRA course that was very very very very basic. More good information than anything, but anyway...

I do a lot of training on my own improvised range at home. I use what I carry, and where what ever I was going to wear that day. Certainly adds a bit of challenge on the draw if nothing else.

As for carbine training...well...I'm not going to lie, I like to get tacticooled up from time to time, but I do more shooting just running around in jeans and t-shirts.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Keep your laws off my food.

It is no ones business how salty my food is, nor is it within the governments legitimate powers to regulate the sale of salty food. I like my salty snacks. But nanny state says, "No salt for you!"

U.S. regulators are planning a push to gradually cut the amount of salt Americans consume, saying less sodium would reduce deaths from hypertension and heart disease, The Washington Post reported on Tuesday.

The effort would eventually lead to the first legal limits on the amount of salt allowed in processed foods, the newspaper reported. The plan is to be launched this year but officials have not set salt limits.

The government plans to work with the food industry
and health experts to reduce sodium gradually over a period of years to ratchet down sodium consumption, the newspaper said, citing U.S. Food and Drug Administration sources.


Thank you health care bill.

U.S. researchers said in a recent study that working with the food industry to cut salt intake by nearly 10 percent could prevent hundreds of thousands of heart attacks and strokes over several decades and save the U.S. government $32 billion in healthcare costs.

Quote of the day.

...guns were all over most every state capital this past week, and nobody busted caps, so what's your problem? You keep tearing at your hair about this blood in the streets that keeps not happening. For heaven's sake, get a grip on yourselves, okay? Everyone with a gun is a violent spree killer armed robber only in the way everyone with a car is a drunk driver or everyone with a p33n is a rapist...


-Tam, View From The Porch

Saturday, April 17, 2010

The absurdity of nonproliferation.

Nuclear nonproliferation is an attempt to put the genie back in the bottle, to uninvent one of the single greatest developments in human history. It's a joke as practiced for not addressing the real nuclear threats, and it's a joke because nuclear technology has only been used as a weapon twice since their invention 70 years ago.

The mound of corpses being piled up around the world today is not from high-tech nuclear states but from low-tech psycho states. It’s not that Britain has nukes and poor old Sudan has to make do with machetes. It’s that the machete crowd is willing to kill on an industrial scale and the high-tech guys can’t figure out a way to stop them.


RTWT

Via The Gormogons

Friday, April 16, 2010

Integrity.

I am an honest person. I am a person of integrity. Here is the proof.

Today on Facebook I've been seeing a lot of this:

President Obama has decided that there will no longer be a "National Day of Prayer" held in May. He doesn't want to offend anybody. Where was his concern about offending Christians last January when he allowed the Muslims to hold a day of prayer on the capitol grounds. As a Christian American "I'm offended." if you agree copy and paste no matter what religion you are, this country was built on Freedom!


There are a lot of problems with this, the biggest being that Obama didn't do it. A federal judge did.

Congress established the day in 1952 and in 1988 set the first Thursday in May as the day for presidents to issue proclamations asking Americans to pray. The Freedom From Religion Foundation, a Madison-based group of atheists and agnostics, filed a lawsuit against the federal government in 2008 arguing the day violated the separation of church and state.

President Barack Obama's administration has countered that the statute simply acknowledges the role of religion in the United States. Obama issued a proclamation last year but did not hold public events with religious leaders as former President George W. Bush had done.


The man actually defends National Prayer Day.

Personally, I think the federal judge got it right. A holiday to celebrate religion in general would be fine, a holiday to celebrate and encourage prayer is a de facto establishment of of religion.

All that aside, no matter where you stand on the issue the jackass in the White House is not to blame.

I think you can safely assume that you are a person of integrity when you find yourself defending someone you despise from false accusations.

"These are my people. Americans."

'Painting Tea Party as racist' FAIL

Via SayUncle

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

What do you do when you find ammo in a school?

*

You go on frickin' lock down!


I graduated from high school in 2003. I can remember one time finding a shotgun shell in the hallway next to my locker. Not being stupid I walked over to the nearest teacher (a mere ten feet), and told her about. She walked over, picked it up, and that was the end of it. No panic. No big deal.

*Photo via Robb Allen

What happens if you support the wrong political figure N.0.?

POST REMOVED DUE TO INACCURACY OF SUPPORTING ARTICLES.

Alabama joins the Firearms Freedom Act lawsuit.

The list of states joining the legal battle over federal gun control is growing.

A total of seven states filed "friend of the court" briefs by Monday's deadline to do so. And the Montana attorney general also is seeking to intervene in a lawsuit first filed by gun advocates in U.S. District Court in Missoula.

The legal fight is based on a law first passed in Montana that seeks to exempt guns made and sold within its borders from federal regulation.

Utah, Alabama, Idaho, South Carolina, South Dakota, Wyoming and West Virginia all signed on to the lawsuit. The states argue that the U.S. Constitution gives them the right to control activities inside state borders.

The U.S. Department of Justice has asked the court to dismiss the lawsuit, saying states can't exempt themselves from national gun control laws.


H/T SayUncle

Monday, April 12, 2010

I need some razors, diplomatic immunity, and a plane ticket to Yemen.

I've been avoiding blogging about this because it turns my stomach, and I don't want to think about it. I don't like being filled with helpless rage. I don't like feeling like maybe it wouldn't be so bad if an entire country was nuked from orbit.

A 13-year-old Yemeni child bride who bled to death shortly after marriage was tied down and forced to have sex by her husband, according to interviews with the child's mother, police and medical reports.

The girl's mother, Nijma Ahmed, 50, told the Associated Press that before her daughter lost consciousness, she said that her husband had tied her up and forced himself on her. "She looked like she was butchered," she said about her daughter's injuries.

Elham Assi, 13, bled to death hours after she spoke to her mother and just days after she was married to a 23-year-old man. She died on April 2 in the deeply poor Yemeni village of Shueba, some 200 kilometers northwest of the capital. Her husband, Abed al-Hikmi, is in police custody.

The practice of marrying young girls is widespread in Yemen where a quarter of all females marry before the age of 15, according to a 2009 report by the country's Ministry of Social Affairs. Traditional families prefer young brides because they are seen as more obedient and are expected to have more children.

Legislation to ban child brides has been stalled by opposition from religious leaders. There has been no government comment over the case.


How fucked must a society be that their is opposition to stopping this sort of thing from happening? This fucked:

The girl — one of eight siblings — was pushed into marriage after an agreement between her brother and her future-husband to marry each other's sisters to avoid having to pay expensive bride-prices — a common arrangement in Yemen, the poorest country in the Middle East.

According to police notes from the interrogation of the husband, he was upset because he could not consummate their relationship and felt under pressure to prove his manhood.

Assi's mother said she also tried to persuade her daughter to have sex with her husband so as not to shame the family.


Her family gave her to him. They were supposed to protect her.

Al-Hikmi took his young bride to a nearby medical clinic, asking a doctor there to administer her tranquilizers so she would not resist his advances. The clinic said it refused.

Al-Hikmi then obtained performance enhancing pills, according to the police interrogation, and that night completed the act while she screamed.

The next day, he returned to the same medical clinic carrying Assi because she could not walk.


Doctors are supposed to 'do no harm.' She should have been safe with them.

"I told him not to go near her for at least ten days," said Dr. Fathiya Haidar. She said Assi's vaginal canal was ripped.


I'm sure such a kind and caring 'husband' took the doctors advice!

A forensic report obtained by the AP showed that Assi's injuries were much more extensive, including extensive tearing around the vagina and rectum, suggesting that there might have been additional intercourse after the clinic visit.

Her mother said she visited Assi later that day, where she found her daughter fading in and out of consciousness.

"She whispered in my ear that he had tied her up and had sex with her violently," she said. "I said to her husband, what have you done, you criminal?"


The sheer shamelessness of the mother to ask that of the man she gave her daughter to willingly. A mother who puts her daughter into the hands of a rapist has no right to ask such a question.

You are all criminals.

Every single thing, for I will not label such monsters 'persons,' who had anything to do with allowing this atrocity should be staked out in the hot sun and be sliced apart with razor blades over the course of days, and I'd like to do it. I want to hear their screams and pleas for mercy as the blades neatly separates their flesh. I want watch as they writhe in agony as their own sweat stings their wounds.

Not much brings out that kind of wrath in me. I don't like it. I don't like that their are evils so great as to bring out this sort of emotion in me. These monstrosities in human guise deserve a slow and painful death.

ETA: I guess I shouldn't be surprised to see that Al Jazeera isn't carrying this story on their website.

CNN reports the story in sterilized form as such (and I had to do a search to find it):

A 12-year-old Yemeni bride died of internal bleeding following intercourse three days after she was married off to an older man, the United Nations Children's Fund said.


Fox News is still showing the story on their main page, and they had the integrity to give the details of the girls injuries.

"Internal bleeding following intercourse" vs. "extensive tearing around the vagina and rectum," certainly have two different effects on me. The first makes me feel bad for the girl and think "how tragic!" The second makes me feel horrified for the girl and think "I'd like to torture to death the motherfuckers who did this!"

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Building a 1911.

I'm thinking of attempting to build a 1911. I've a great deal to learn in the meantime but I'm pretty sure I can do it. It's an exciting prospect.

I've been looking into parts, and prices, and it will probably be an expensive project. At the same time I can see it as being a very rewarding experience. Tools will be required, as well as getting the frame shipped to an FFL. A local gun shop just opened up, and I'm sure the owner would appreciate the business.

I'm going to start this project by learning the 1911 pistol intimately. I need to pick up an assembly/disassembly guide, as well as those tools I'll need to detail strip the two pistols I own.

I'm going to start my tinkering with my RIA "Government" M1911-A1. Might as well start with the original and go from there. When I've done it often enough to be confident in my abilities I'm going to move on to detail stripping my Kimber Ultra Raptor. I'll probably replace a few parts (springs) while I'm at it.

This could be fun if I can manage to get the project off the ground. That will probably depend a great deal on how well the new job is going.

I'll document my progress here, one way or another.

Barsoom.


Last night I finished reading

A Princess of Mars
by Edgar Rice Burroughs. My interest in the Barsoom novels was sparked by the high praise they receive in many of Heinlein's works. Burroughs was also often recommended to me by a good friend who reintroduced me to Heinlein when I was working nights at WalHell.

The first Barsoom novel was a very good read. It's a straight up adventure story in the old style. I do not believe many modern readers would enjoy it as much as I because they would see it as 'too simple.' Maybe so. But some things don't need to overcomplicated.

One piece at a time.

Tam points out a few simple and common sense ways of building up a supply of items one might want were things to become difficult due to economic or environmental disasters (like unemployment!). Hoarding made easy.

I think I shall adopt this practice for myself. I already do it with mags and ammo. It doesn't make much sense to fail to apply it to other needful things.

Saturday, April 10, 2010

I feel the urge to make a tinfoil hat.

The President of Poland and many high ranking officials in the Polish government where killed to day in a plane crash in Russia.

Although initial signs pointed to an accident with no indication of foul play, the death of a Polish president and much of the Polish state and defense establishment in Russia en route to commemorating one of the saddest events in Poland's long, complicated history with Russia, was laden with tragic irony.

Reflecting the grave sensibilities of the crash to relations between the two countries, Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin personally assumed charge of the investigation. He was due in Smolensk later Saturday, where he would meet Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk, who was flying in from Warsaw. The president's twin brother, former Prime Minister Jaroslaw Kacynski, also flew there in a chartered plane, according to his party.


I am inherently distrustful of the Russian government, and considering that the Poles were very recently betrayed by the US government they would seem to be in the right position to be 'put back in their place,' by the Russian government.

This is all speculation and knee-jerk reaction on my part. It may be exactly what it is being called, a tragic accident. It just seems to damned convenient, and I can't help but feel that the Russians will be the benefactors of the fallout from this. I really need to pay for a subscription to StratFor website so that I can get some better analysis of what's going on in the world. As it is I'm left to guess based on my limited knowledge of situations.

Friday, April 9, 2010

I wanna play with machine guns too!

I am so jealous.

Well, it's a start..

I've always said if you want to be equal, use the same bathrooms.

The little girls' room won't be just for little girls anymore, if the Maine Human Rights Commission has its way.

The commission is taking heat over a controversial proposal to ban schools from enforcing gender divisions in sports teams, school organizations, bathrooms and locker rooms. It says forcing a student into a particular room or group because of his or her biological gender amounts to discrimination.


I don't know that I'd agree that all the 'human rights' the Maine commission says people have are actually rights, but privacy in the public sphere is not one of them. And yeah, in my humble and radical feminist opinion, I think separate bathrooms are inherently a bad idea.

"There's not a whole lot of places a girl can expect privacy, but the bathroom should be one of them," said Celeste. "And there's not a whole lot of places a boy expects privacy, but the bathroom should be one of them. Married couples close the door when they go to the bathroom.”


No one is saying they have to share stalls. I'd be in favor of getting rid of urinals if that's an issue, but it shouldn't be. Boys and girls deserve privacy from other members of their sex/gender as much as from those of opposite genders. But that's an etiquette issue, not a moral or legal issue.

Oh, and not all married couples close the door. Some use the bathroom at the same time. Some even shower together...GASP!

I understand that most people would have problem with this idea, of boys and girls and men and women using the same bathrooms. I can't say that if I had a little girl I wouldn't have a problem with it. But that doesn't make it right.

There was a time when a people of different races couldn't marry. Society said it was 'unnatural,' 'wrong,' and 'immoral.' That didn't make it right either. Apples and oranges, I know. Still, it illustrates my feeling about the issue.

"Boys have a penis; girls have a vagina."
-Kindergarten Cop

Thursday, April 8, 2010

New Holster.

I blogged a while back about buying a Fobus holster, then the trouble I had with that.

I'm still not happy with their customer service. They finally contacted me after I sent three or four separate messages. The holster had been back ordered, they say, and it was shipping out that day. It arrived today...two weeks later. So, if I buy anything else Fobus it will be through a dealer or retailer. I won't deal with them direct again.

That said, I really, really like my new holster. I like the way it rides on my belt, I like the paddle design, and I like the 'passive retention' system. I like that it matches my double mag holder (also from Fobus).



I tweaked the screw a bit to get the fit to my taste for my gun, but other than that I was wearing it withing in minutes of pulling it out of the packaging. I wore it all day comfortably, and I am sure I will be using it a lot.

Not bad for thirty bucks.

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Success!

I got the job!

These aren't the hanjob your looking for....



Damn, dirty Eye-talians (no offense Jay).

'Doing' something.

Jay linked to a story about a man in New Hampshire getting ticket for texting while driving. This ticket is a result of the NH's new law banning texting while driving.

It's reckless driving!!! I hate these moronic no-texting laws. Call it what it is, and get the typically bigger reckless driving fine.

Oh, but wait, if you cite someone multiple times for reckless driving they might lose their license (as they damned well should). But you can't shear a dead sheep. Bastards.

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Cautiously optimistic.

That's how I am feeling after my interview today.

It went very well, and the more I learn about this job the better I like the idea of doing it. It will suck at times, but I don't think it will suck any more than electrical work aside from the fact that I'll be working alone. That could be nice as well. I can work at my own pace.

However, the job would entail a lot of responsibility. I'm sure I could do the job, and excel, but it is something to be aware of. They would be giving me a van to use, and I would be responsible for it and for all of the equipment it contains.

This last could be a problem because I have bad credit. That could put them off. I hope not, but it is something to bear in mind.

So, until I get the phone call tomorrow I will remain 'cautiously optimistic.'

Today is absolutely beautiful.



I'm sitting here on my couch, doors and windows open, listening to the breeze blow, the birds chirp, and the bees buzz. I have a view of beautiful blue sky with just a hint of white clouds here and there. There is traffic on the road in front of my home, but even the sound of it passing by seems relaxed and just sort of fits the atmosphere.

I have the day off with pay so that I can prepare for my interview this afternoon. The preparation will consists of a shower and shave, and putting on some decent clothes for a skilled labor job interview. A haircut may be in order as well, but I've yet to decide.

I'm going to spend most of the day being lazy, and just enjoying it. There really isn't much else to do, aside from a few household chores that won't take up much of my time between now and this afternoon.

This is just a really nice day. The perfect kind of day for what I hope will be a new, and profitable, beginning. I feel a fair amount of nervousness, and nothing is for certain, but I feel like I am on the cusp of overcoming another of life's challenges, another tumultuous adventure, and that I stand a good chance of coming out of this in a better position than I was before.

We shall see what the future holds. It's strange being this optimistic.

Monday, April 5, 2010

I may have sighted land on the horizon...

I put in a job with a local company last Friday on a lark. I received a call from them this morning that was basically an over the phone interview. My current, and soon to be former, boss knows the owner of this company and after finding out I had applied and gotten a call from them gave the owner a call to give him a heads up about me.

I filled out a 'survey' they sent me online after I got home this afternoon and within an hour I'd been called to set up an interview. That's at tomorrow at 4:30. My boss gave me the day off with pay (great guy, if I haven't mentioned that before, and I'm sorry I won't be working with him any more).

Hopefully by tomorrow night I will have some idea as to whether I will be the employee of a new company. I really hope so. This looks like a really good opportunity.

Than again, things could fall through or not work out. I'm keeping that in mind, even if I can't help but get my hopes up a bit. I'd really like to have a fairly decent transition from one job to the other.

If I were to get this new job I would receive paid training at a little over $3 less an hour I am making now. After training my pay would increase to just under what I'm currently earning with plenty of opportunity to earn more.

If I do manage to secure this job I'll go into more detail about the pay system when I learn some more about. So far it looks like it could be a really good company to work for, even if some of the work is going to suck. Hell, plenty of my current work sucks...

Sunday, April 4, 2010

Anger.

There is going to be quite a bit of anger for the next while. I may or may not reflect that hear. Just depends, I guess.

I'm not looking forward to the next week or so. I need to work out my last days. Hell, I have too! There are too many bills that need to be taken care of.

Hopefully I'll be getting two more paychecks before I am forced to go on the dole. Maybe I'll get lucky and line up a full time job before those run out. I doubt it, but we'll see.

If I'm good at one thing it is overcoming the challenges life gives me. It's not always fun, and I sure as hell don't like the constant grind of it all, but I don't exactly have a lot of options open to me.

Life isn't fair. This is just one more lesson in that line. As if I needed another!

Oh, well. I plan on working until the 13th. That will get me two more full pay checks. After that I'm done. I don't think I could bear to go on any longer. It is going to be hard enough as it is on everyone.

It's a depressing situation all around, and I know everyone is going to be uncomfortable with the situation. That is understandable, and I'm not going to try to drag it out. My own sanity demands a quick and clean break. I'd be done now if I could afford it.

My soon to be ex-boss is in a tough spot. I'm aware of how much it sucks, and I understand his position and the necessity of what he has to do. I don't have to like it though, and I'll be damned if I'm going to feel pity. I know he is sorry for having to do this and feels bad about it, but I'm the one ending up with the short straw in this situation. I'm the one who is ultimately paying for the fucked up situation.

I blame those who are responsible. The blame for this situation can be laid squarely at the feet of the government. It's the result of shitty tax law combined with a shitty attempt at controlling what they have no business trying to control. I'm paying for all the mistakes and so are a lot of other people.

It's messed up. I don't like it. And there is not a damned thing I can do about it except struggle on in a system that it's stacked against me.

Hell with it. I'll come out of this, as I've always come out in the end.

Religious insensitivity to follow. You have been warned.

What gun for zombie Jesus?

Saturday, April 3, 2010

Sumbitch.

I have a headache from hell. I don't know what the hell has caused it, but I've had it all day. Maybe it's from depression, maybe from worrying, maybe from sleeping on the couch, maybe from lack of caffeine, maybe from wearing glasses with a three year old prescription, maybe, maybe, maybe...

All I know is that it hurts. So I'm going to have another Coke, eat a few aspirin, and try to just relax while watching Magnum, P.I.

Oh, called 21 electrical companies yesterday and had no luck. I filled out applications online for three companies: Lowe's (ugh), WalMart (double secret probation 'ugh'), and Satellites Unlimited. Maybe one will give me a call. My preference would be Satellites Unlimited, followed by Lowe's, followed by WalMart. Of course, those preferences are assuming I can't find a job doing residential electrical work that pays around what I'm making now.

Glad they caught him.

But it's not good enough.



MALIBU, Calif. (AP) — There has been an arrest in the attempted sexual assault of a Malibu jogger who escaped by jumping off a cliff and sliding about 100 feet down a steep hillside.

Sheriff's Lt. Richard Erickson says 31-year-old Christian Marcus Verdin was arrested in San Bernardino Friday after detectives said he matched DNA found at the crime scene.

The victim, a 35-year-old woman, had finished a run March 12 at Point Dume State Park and was standing at the edge of a cliff when she was grabbed from behind.

She and the man struggled for several minutes before she was able to break away, run and jump off the cliff.

Deputies say the suspect got away in her Toyota Land Cruiser.

The victim was treated at a hospital for cuts and bruises.



I hope to one day live in a society where everyone has the unrestricted right and good sense to properly defend themselves. This guy should have received a slug in the guts, not almost a month to run free so he could commit more crimes.

I can't help but wonder if they were able to match his DNA because it was already on file because he'd committed crimes in the past?

Google says: "YES!"

"I don't like repeat offenders; I like dead offenders."
-Ted Nugent

Friday, April 2, 2010

I'm being laid off.

That's never happened to me before.

It looks like the shitty economy finally caught up to my boss, and he just can't afford to keep me anymore. He's having to cut back, starting with closing his shop as soon as the lease is up and letting me go in the next week or two. From what he's told me I can lay the blame squarely at the feet of the IRS and the US Tax code. He's good man, and has done things correctly, but the federal government is killing him. So much for helping the small business man.

I'm not sure what the future holds for me, and forgive me if I have a little trouble thinking positively right now. I can't help but notice that every time I get one huge problem settled another one follows immediately behind.

I've got the yellow pages book marked at the local electrical companies and as soon as I can chill out a little bit I'm going to start making phone calls. Maybe someone needs a helper.

If that doesn't pan out I'll start looking at other options. I don't really know what those are as of yet.

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Cleaning guns.

That's what I just spent the better part of three hours doing. I guess that's what I get for not doing my chores after shooting. Oh, well. I'll lose a little sleep but my carry gun and my rifle are clean, oiled, and ready to rock and roll.

Now I'm for bed.

It's time to give them up.

All the violence in the world has finally got to me. I can't stand to be grouped together with a bunch of nut job militias and domestic terrorist anymore. It's time for me to do what's right for the children and all the innocents out there so starting today I am selling all of my guns and gun related items and donating all of that money to the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence.