Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Quote of the Day: Alternate Reality Addition

Regarding the proposal to freeze federal pay increases:

"By focusing exclusively on federal employees, the administration runs the risk of reinforcing the myth, pushed by some for politically convenient but cynical reasons, that America suffers from a federal government comprised of unproductive and overpaid civil servants. Nothing could be further from the truth," Rep. Chris Van Hollen, D-Md., said in a written statement, calling the pitch a "piecemeal approach."

You've got to be kidding me, right?

For maybe the second time in two years I'm actually in agreement with the President, although I hope he realizes that this one little change can only be the beginning if he wants to actually have an impact on the deficit the country faces.

I have GOT to get me one of these!

Thompson conversion kit for a 10/22.

H/t SayUncle

Robert's Picks

Books:

Echos of Honor by David Weber (excellent)

Ashes of Victory by David Weber (good)

Dirty White Boys
by Stephen Hunter (good)

Movies:

RED (excellent)

Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows, Part I

Friday, November 26, 2010

Wow.

I've always had a thing for older women.

Good Citizenship.

Today while I was working in a customer's home I saw that one of his children had an award for 'Good Citizenship' laid out on his bed. I remembered those same awards being given out when I was in school, and I started thinking about why exactly you got them.

You got them for good behavior. You got them for respecting authority. You got them for doing what you were told without question. That's what the public school system, the government funded and run school system, thinks makes a good citizen. That bothers me a great deal.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Stessed.

I'm just realizing, or just acknowledging, that for the last week or two I've been seriously, seriously stressed. In general that means I've been seriously pissed off. Minor annoyances become major ones, and my mood is an angry, dark cloud.

One of the problems with this is what little of my scathing personality I tend to hold back isn't held back anymore. I'm meaner than usual, and I just want to be left the hell alone. And nothing is more likely to set me off than someone pointing out that I'm in a bad mood. Go figure.

I've had a four day weekend, but I feel like I just finished a rough work week. I've done my best to keep my head down and stick my nose in a book. I actually finished Stephen Hunters I, Sniper yesterday and have been plowing through my reread of David Weber's Echoes Of Honor.

Still, every time I take my eyes off the pages I'm right back to finding something that curls my lip and makes me want to set off on a profanity laced rant...

An unexpected ecounter with law enforcement.

I was on my way home from trivia night at one of the bars downtown when I saw that harbinger of unpleasantness that is blue lights suddenly filling my rear view mirror. This was, in fact, the second time in three days I'd seen this particular phenomenon of civilization.

The first, luckily, was just a sheriff's deputy who needed an excuse to pass me and the car in front of me on a double yellow. I'd at first presumed he was responding to a radio call but not long after I saw what I believed to be the same car pulling out of the parking lot of a popular, local Barbecue restaurant.

The second, unfortunately, was all about me. I pulled over as soon as possible and wondered if I'd been speeding. It was a possibility because I hadn't been paying attention, though there had been a car in front of me I wasn't gaining on. I also mentally kicked myself for not taking the interstate home rather than driving directly through the city.

The officer approached my car and very politely asked me where I was heading and for my driver's license and my proof of insurance. As I always do when I pulled my driver's license out of my wallet I also showed him my pistol license and informed him I was carrying a gun in a holster. He thanked me for the information and waited as I started digging for the proof of insurance.

For some reason my insurance cards like to hide, and are always a pain to find. While I dug through the reams of paper work he told me he'd pulled me over because my tag light was out. I guess my surprise was kind of obvious. I'd never even considered that but kind of shrugged and said I understood why he had.

At this point he walked back to his patrol vehicle and told me to hold the insurance paper out the window if I found it. I did a few minutes later and dutifully held it up. He came back and politely asked me a few more questions, mostly about where I was from and what I did for a living.

In the end he thanked me for telling him about my firearm, got the number of my place of work after asking about the hiring process, and advised me to get the light replaced as it did give probable cause for a stop. I thanked him and we both went about our night.

I was really impressed with this encounter. My last experience with law enforcement officers in their official capacity left me with a real bad taste in my mouth. It was back when I was having car problems and they unnecessarily harassed me after I explained the reason I was pulled over was an overheating engine and then performed an illegal search.

Anyway, this Birmingham PD officer was very polite and respectful, and in return received the same from me. He did not disarm me, which I wouldn't have particularly been offended by considering the situation. He did not lecture or harass. He did not ticket me, though he had the legal option. He advised me on the best course to avoid further encounters with the police.

That is what I want in a police officer (not necessarily the no ticket part, but that's definitely a bonus!); respect, politeness, and an attitude of helpfulness. It really does go a long way.

Monday, November 22, 2010

My dear Hindu friends, learn from our Muslim brothers.

If you don't like the way someone is depicting one of your religious figures, threaten to kill them and they'll stop it.

Go. To. Hell.

Read. This. Now.

"My belief has always been . . . that wherever in this land any individual's constitutional rights are being unjustly denied, it is the obligation of the federal government -- at point of bayonet if necessary -- to restore that individual's constitutional rights."
-Ronald Reagan

H/t Borepatch

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Interesting discussion at TFL.

Do you wear gun related clothing or post gun decals on your bumper?

My first thought was, "Of course I do.  Why wouldn't I?"  Firearms are the central hobby of my life. 

If I was a scuba diver, I'd have a diving sticker on my car, and probably a diving shirt or two.  I wouldn't avoid them because someone might steal my valuable scuba equipment.  Ham radio operators often have stickers or t-shirts to that affect.  Somehow I think they don't worry too much about people stealing valuable radio equipment.  And they shouldn't. 

Someone said, "I'm not afraid to let anyone know I keep and bear arms."  To the point.  I've never been a fan of 'tactful' disagreement myself.  I calls'em like I sees'em.

One of the moderators opined, "Most of us are not. But it's not about whether you are afraid to own up to your convictions. It is about taking on unnecessary risk. Bringing it on yourself, some might say."

Yeah, exactly.  "I didn't rape her.  She was asking for it wearing that short skirt."

If someone is the victim of a crime, the criminal is to blame.  If they were targeted because of their religion, sex, hobby, politics, ass hat opinion, objectionable t-shirt, or Rolex wrist watch THE. CRIMINAL. IS. TO. BLAME.

It's one thing to be aware that there are criminals out there, and that they will steal your valuables if they can.  It's another to advocate hiding from criminals.  Yes, hiding.

I'm annoyed by the attitude of, Wear what you want, it's your right.  Dumbass.

The 'dumbass' goes unspoken, but it's there.

I find it amusing that everyone posting on the board who objects to advertising gun ownership because they don't want to be targeted by a criminal who might want to steal their guns does not for a moment consider the irony that they are advertising that they own computers and making themselves targets for criminals who want to steal those.  And hey, if you've got a computer you've probably got a tv, maybe an iPod, and probably a car too. 

Oh, you won't put a gun sticker on your truck because someone might want to steal a gun from your truck?  Your truck is probably worth more than your gun, genius.  And a truck isn't hard to steal for a criminal who knows his business. 

Don't wear gun related clothing, or put gun related stickers on your vehicle because someone might target your guns.  Also, for the ladies, wear a burqa so you won't be targeted for rape. 

And don't wear that nice watch, or those shoes, or drive that nice car.  Criminals might target you.

Give me a fucking break.

Saturday, November 20, 2010

This amuses me.

I heard this on Down Range Radio.  Thanks Michael Bane!

On The Range #34

I put a hundred rounds down range today with my 1911.  It was nice to do a little shooting.  I tried to apply some of the stuff I've seen on the Magpul Dynamics DVDs.  Hopefully I'm getting it right. 

I shot three Bill Drills at 7 yards, and two El Presidente drills at 10 yards.  I shot a group of five shots at 25 yards which had a good 6" spread on it, minus one flyer.  I shot another group at 10 yards, this one 3 shots, which was 2".  I want to do some shooting from a rest at 25 yards to see how tight I can get the RIA to group. 

Last but hardly least I shot Dot Torture at 7 yards.  I scored a 23/50, which is pretty damned bad.  Hopefully I will improve on that next time I go shooting. 

If you happen to have an extra three grand...

I really, really want one of these!

Movie Review: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part I

I saw this last night.

Personally, I felt it was one of the worst book to movie adaptations I have ever seen.  It was a great movie, and moved the story along, but it also seemed to assume you've read the book.  That's all good and well except it left me constantly asking, "What does that mean?  How do they know that?  How did they come to that conclusion?"  And I read the book.  I knew the story.  They didn't just cut out filler and extraneous details, they cut out key fucking elements of the plot. 

All of the books, and the movies, have basically been mystery stories.  You follow the actions of the characters as they figure things out.  You see the evidence, the conclusions it leads them to, and how they react.  I enjoy that about them. 

This latest movie seemed like they filmed that, but then edited out all but the action scenes and high tension moments.  It left me feeling like I'd missed parts of the movie.  If I hadn't read the book I'd have been going, "Huh?" the entire time.

At the very least it suffers from terrible editing that left the story feeling disjointed.  Maybe some of that will be cleared up in Part II, but I doubt it. 

Friday, November 19, 2010

Movie review: RED

I went and saw this Monday night.  It was good.  I really enjoyed it.  I think the best thing was that it was nothing like I expected.  Bruce Willis rocking a 1911 was great. 

I give it a 10 out of 10 for a good action/comedy type movie.

Cowboys & Aliens.

This is one movie I can garuntee I will be seeing Summer 2011.  Hell fucking yes.

H/t Instapundit

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Figured that.

I pretty much called this one from the first I heard of the story.


House ethics committee votes to admonish Rangel to not get caught next time.

I'm oh so surprised.

Washington (CNN) -- The House ethics committee voted 9-1 on Thursday to censure Rep. Charles Rangel, D-New York, in response to multiple rules violations committed by the 20-term congressman.
In essence, if the whole house votes for censure Rangel will have to stand before congress and be told, "You've been a bad boy, now say you're sorry and don't do it again."  And then he'll be free to go do it again, but he'd damned well better not get caught or they may have to sternly tell him he's been a bad boy.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Finally!

My Magpul Dynamics Art of the Dynamic Handgun DVD set finally arrived today.  It should have been here yesterday, but apparently light rain will cause a delay for FedEx. 

I'm watching the first DVD now, and I like what I see.  I really wish I was taking the course rather than just watching it, but I think I'm picking some stuff up.  I wish the weather would permit me to do some shooting today, but it won't.

Hopefully soon I'll get back out on the range and put into practice some of the things I'm seeing. 

Monday, November 15, 2010

What the fuck is wrong with you people?

You know what?

Tar and feathers. For real.

Play time with the petty tyrants needs to come to an end. If it's not TSA wanting to sexually assault you and your children it's some mafioso pissed he's not getting his cut from a kid's bake sale.

This shit is not necessary NOR proper.

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Chili. With Beans.






Topped with cheddar cheese.  Oh, and a grilled cheese sammich.

FedEx Sucks.

Recently I placed an order with Magpul for the Art of the Dynamic Handgun DVD set.  Magpul ships FedEx.  I prefer UPS, but whatever, right?  It's not like they're the US Postal Service... 

I get my tracking number and I impatiently check it 8 times a day.  When my package finally arrives in Birmingham 3 days later I get excited.  I had a bad day at work but at least I had something to look forward to when I get home.

No such luck.

I arrived home to find that no package had been delivered.  Checked the FedEx website and saw, "DELIVERY EXCEPTION, COULD NOT LOCATE ADDRESS."  It went on the truck in Birmingham.  Taking I-65N out of Birmingham you only have to make one fucking turn to get to my home.  And if you can't come directly here from Birmingham you should be able to find Mt. Olive Rd. from just about anywhere.  I shot off an email to FedEx with the shipping information and a note:

My package was scheduled to be delivered today, but when I arrived home this evening I found it had not been delivered and there was a shipping exception stating that the address could not be located.  My home is visible from the road and my mailbox is clearly labeled with the number 'XXXX' right next to my driveway.  There are no other driveways or mailboxes near enough to cause confusion.  I've also received shipments via FedEx in the past.  I don't understand the problem.
 FedEx replied the next day:

Dear Robert:

Thank you for contacting FedEx. We regret any inconvenience.

Our records show that the driver assigned to deliver your package is having difficulty finding the delivery address, and that a postcard notification has been mailed for additional information to locate your address. To help us follow up on this situation, please e-mail the following information to us:
- Your complete address with zip code
- The complete name and address of the shipper
- Your telephone contact number
- Any direction/landmark to locate your address

Once we received these shipment details, FedEx will send a message to the terminal/station and advise them of the correct delivery address. However, please be informed that an address correction is subject to charge and will be billed to the original bill to account number we have on file.

We look forward to hearing from you again, thank you for shipping FedEx.


Arun B.
FedEx Customer Service

I replied this afternoon:

Here is the information requested in the email sent to me.

My complete address:
XXXX Mt. Olive Rd.
Gardendale, AL 35071-3199

The complete name and address of the shipper:
Magpul Industries
400 Young Court, Unit 1
Erie, CO 80516-8440

My telephone contact number:
205-XXX-XXXX

Direction and landmarks to locate my address:
Take I-65N from Birmingham, then take Exit 272 for MT. OLIVE RD., turn LEFT and drive approximately XX miles to XXXX Mt. Olive Rd. on the right. There is a white mailbox with large numbers 'XXXX' printed on the side. The home is a white single wide trailer visible from the road. The driveway is gated. The front yard is fenced.

Coming from I-65, about one half mile before my driveway, there is a closed store with signs saying GREEN VALLEY GROCERY. About 3/4 of a mile past my home is a bridge that crosses a river. It is the only bridge on Mt. Olive Rd.

Quite frankly locating my home should not be a problem as my mailbox is clearly labeled with the street number and there are no other driveways or mailboxes close enough to cause confusion. If your driver was unable to locate my home I submit that he or she is either incompetent or being dishonest. My job requires that I find people's homes every day and I am more than aware of the difference between a hard to find home and an easy to find home. Mine is one of the easy ones as it requires only the simplest of directions from Birmingham, directions that require ONLY A SINGLE TURN and that one open his or her eyes rather than staring off mindlessly into oblivion.

Robert McDonald
Now, honestly, anybody with half a brain should be able to find my home even WITHOUT the street number by using the information above.  At least, anybody with a head that isn't concave.  Oh, and the best part?  I have to wait until fucking Monday, an extra two days.  Fucking mouth breathing offspring of syphilitic whores. 

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Veteran's Day

It's not about being off work, eating good food, or grumbling about the Post Office or bank being closed. Try and remember that.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

On The Range #33: Moving it on out.

My friend Logan came over again today with a couple of friends to do some more shooting.  His main goal was to get his friend Brittney some trigger time on her recently purchased S&W Model 60 .38 Special revolver.  I toyed around with it a little bit, and it's a neat little gun.  I wouldn't mind having one myself.  She's a pretty good shot with it on single action.  Since I got home late I didn't get to see her do any double action shooting with it.

She also shot both of Logan's 1911s and his .22 pistol.  She's a pretty good shot, but would benefit from some good training.  Hopefully she'll come again when I have more time and I can help her with her grip and stance. 

Anyway, a lot of lead was put down range, and when they were packing up I decided to shoot another Dot Torture and a F.A.S.T.

I scored 49/50 on Dot Torture, and I've decided to go ahead and move my Dot Torture practice back to 7 yards.  I didn't shoot it perfect today, but the one miss was a called flier and my groupings were very tight.  I think it's time to move it on out, and so I shall.



I scored 16.50 on the F.A.S.T. with no penalties.  I'm slowest on the two 3x5 shots, taking almost four seconds to do that portion correctly.  Then comes the reload and four shots to the 8" circle.  I could probably speed that up some practice, but only time will tell.

It's not her, it's you.

WASHINGTON — A leading House Republican says Sarah Palin cost the GOP control of the Senate.

Questioned about those comments on Tuesday, a spokesman for Rep. Spencer Bachus of Alabama said the remarks had been taken out of context but didn't retract them.
Bachus, in line to become chairman of the House Financial Services Committee, initially blamed Palin last week at a local Chamber of Commerce luncheon. According to the Shelby County Reporter, he said the Senate would be in Republican hands if not for losses by tea party candidates endorsed by the former Alaska governor and 2008 vice presidential nominee.
Spencer Bachus is a typical politician.  He's in a firm position and wields quite a bit of power in the Republican Party.  I can't remember a time when I saw him run unopposed (a indictment of the stupidity of Alabama voters, if nothing else).  He brings a lot of money to his district, and therefore has a lot of support.  He's iffy on gun rights, and frankly nothing but a RINO, tax and spend Republican.  He is what is wrong with this country.  He is what is wrong with the Republican party.  He is what is wrong with the United States government.

And I will dance a jig when he finally goes down in flames.  I voted for his Republican opponent in the primary, and I wrote in a candidate against him on November the 2nd, and I promise to do everything I can to see this man drug kicking and screaming from his comfy fiefdom as soon as possible.  He is one of those dinosaurs of the Republican Party who refuse to acknowledge the error of their ways, and it is only the even greater stupidity of the Democratic Party that keeps him from being forced to see the truth.

Missile launch!

Well, that ain't good:

WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Military is scrambling to find out what was seen in skies over Los Angeles last night after a local CBS news helicopter captured video that appears to show a major missile or rocket launch from the Pacific Ocean just north of Santa Catalina Island.
 My guess is someone seriously fucked up (though no one got hurt), and governments and military organizations being the secretive and oh so above reproach organizations they are the matter will be swept under the rug while at the same time some officer is going to be retired early rather get that next big promotion.  The matter will be classified and remain so, a matter of National Security.  

Monday, November 8, 2010

On The Range #32

My friend Logan came over today to help me turn some money into smoke and noise.  A good time was had by both of us.


For the most part we just shot pistols, but I did put 150 of .223 through Logan's DPMS AR for shits and giggles.  I ran my two most problematic Wilson magazines through Logan's Springfield 1911 to see how they functioned in it.  They worked flawlessly so I'm thinking Chip McCormick magazines are going to be the way to go for my RIA.

I put 150 rounds through my RIA, starting off with a Bill Drill at 10 yards where I dumped 3 shots too low and then continued my warm up with two magazines of press outs.  I experienced one failure to extract and one FTF.  I had no problems with my one Chip McCormick magazine as the Wilson's continued to fail to lock the slide to the rear.

Logan and I did some timed shooting against each other.  I came out on top, but I shoot a lot more than Logan and he was not that far behind me.  I shot Dot Torture and scored 43/50.  I had hoped to do better, but shit happens.  I did a terrible F.A.S.T. @ 16.95secs*. (one 2sec. penalty and two 1sec. penalties).  I think that is the worst F.A.S.T. I've shot since I started doing it. 

Logan did his shooting with the Kimber Ultra Raptor he bought from me, a Springfield GI 1911, a Glock 30, and a Daewoo pistol in .22LR.  I was not aware until today that Daewoo made pistols. 

*Looking at my previous F.A.S.T. scores I actually improved, but it was still terrible.

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Gun snob.

Went into Walmart to pick up some .45 ACP while taking a break this morning. I made a point of asking for 3 boxes of 'Winchester .45 Auto' because that's what it says on the box and I wanted to keep it simple for the counter monkey.

He promptly reached for the box that in big bold writing says .380 AUTO. ".45," says I and he reaches for .40S&W. "No, the next one over," says I. Finally he finds what I want.

It pisses me off that I have to say '.45 Auto' rather than '.45 ACP', and having somebody not able to tell the difference between among .45, .40, and .380 fucking infuriates me.


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Been kind of busy.

Work has actually been going well.  A lot of jobs have dropped, but at the same time a lot of jobs have replaced those dropped ones.  I'm still driving all over North Alabama, but work is steady and I'm making money. 

The rain recently got in the way of shooting this past week, but my two days off looks to be beautiful so hopefully I'll be putting much lead down range.  The slow down at work means I won't be attending the class at Shootrite like I'd planned so I finally picked up a copy of Magpul Dynamics Art of the Dynamic Handgun.  There is bound to be something in there I can use and apply even if it is not hands on training with an instructor.

Today looks to be a good day.  It's going to be cold but work should go well and I've got a hamburger with my name on it at a friends house this afternoon.  And I get to hang out with some I've been spending some of my valued free time with playing doctor.

Friday, November 5, 2010

Regarding freedom in modern society.

Something that keeps popping into my head lately is this:

People seem to equate standard of living with freedom. Just because your standard of living is extremely high, or moderately high for that matter, does not necessarily mean you are more free.

Also, universal suffrage is often touted as a great sign of our freedom, but is it really? How much of a say do you, individually, actually have as far as who represents you? Not very much. I think one thing we should be pushing for is a massive expansion of the House of Representatives while at the same time repealing the 17th Amendment.


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Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

I voted.

Alabama is a Republican stronghold.  The incumbents here aren't going anywhere unless they die.  That's just a fact of life I've learned to live with.  And what am I going to do, try to replace them with a Democrat.  Yeah, right.  Better the crook I know.

So I voted for myself about twenty times as a write in against all the assholes running unopposed. 

Monday, November 1, 2010

Don't Scare the White People: Target Edition

Over at Gun Nuts Media there is post regarding the changing of the IPSC target from this:



To this:



The reason is to help make the sport friendlier to others who might stay away because, while they're interested in shooting, they could never shoot another person, oh no!  Frankly, fuck those people.  Those people ban assault weapons and only want carry permits issued to those who've had expensive training, been finger printed, and submitted a DNA sample.  They're also the people who tell you violent video games and movies make you a serial killer or mass murder, porn makes you a rapists or child molester, and listening to any music they don't like (be it rap, metal, or country) makes you something bad.

Fuck those people, I don't want them on my side.

Have we not learned yet that changing the features of something to make non-gunnies like it more doesn't fucking work?



Why not just shoot IPSC with air pistols?  Hell, you might get some anti-gun people do join then.  After all that's how they do their shooting in the Olympics.

Personally, I like these targets.

It's the Open Carry debate all over again.