Saturday, December 31, 2011

Happy New Year.

I worked today and will probably work tomorrow so I won't be joining in any festivities tonight.  2011 was an improvement over 2010.  Hopefully 2012 will see that trend continuing.

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Haha!

D.C. ordered to cough up the cash:



Yeah, I know.  The taxpayers are the ones paying for this.  I'd rather tax money, even mine, going to Alan Gura than going into Mayor's crack pipe.

Remember when...

Remember when Bill Clinton sent US soldiers into Rwanda to stop the genocide taking place there?  Remember how he was hounded from office afterwards?  Oh, shit.  He was re-elected.  I guess that means he made the right decision (at least for a majority of US voters).

Remember when George W. Bush sent US soldiers into Darfur to stop the genocide taking place there? Remember how he was hounded from office afterwards?  Oh, shit.  He was re-elected.  I guess that means he made the right decision (at least for a majority of US voters).

Remember when you* wrote that blog post, or forum/blog comment, about how your gun was to protect you and your family and it wasn't your responsibility to protect someone else? 

If a President has a moral and ethical responsibility to send the men and women of his armed forces to fight and die to save the lives of people living in another nation, being killed by their own government or a foreign invader, then do I not have the same responsibility to fight and die to save another individual who is beset upon by someone who means them lethal harm?

*I have no one in particular in mind, but I've sure read that a lot over the years from a lot of different people.

A very enlightening (not to mention depressing) read.

The Corruption of America. 

Puts things very much into perspective.

H/t The Smallest Minority

Monday, December 26, 2011

Quote of the Day

"If the law says that such a board or authority may do what it pleases, anything that board or authority does is legal---but its actions are certainly not subject to the Rule of Law.  By giving the government unlimited powers, the most arbitrary rule can be made legal; and in this way a democracy may set up the most complete despotism imaginable."

-FA Hayek, The Road to Serfdom

Tell me we aren't there.

Sunday, December 25, 2011

To all of my liberal friends:

Please accept with no obligation, implied or explicit, my best wishes for an environmentally conscious, socially responsible, low-stress, non-addictive, gender-neutral celebration of the winter solstice holiday, practiced within the most enjoyable traditions of the religious persuasion of your choice, or secular practices of your choice, with respect for the religious/secular persuasion and/or traditions of others, or their choice not to practice religious or secular traditions at all. 
I also wish you a fiscally successful, personally fulfilling and medically uncomplicated recognition of the onset of the generally accepted calendar year 2012, but not without due respect for the calendars of choice of other cultures whose contributions to society have helped make America great. Not to imply that America is necessarily greater than any other country, nor the only America in the Western Hemisphere . This wish is made without regard to the race, creed, color, age, physical ability, religious faith or sexual preference of the wishee.
To all of my conservative friends:
Merry Christmas!  And have a Happy New Year!
Stolen from a FB post by Michael Z. Williamson (who you should friend on FB because he stirs the shit often and frequently to my great amusement).

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Cookiecookiecookiecookie!!!1

Found a box sitting outside my door Monday.  Opened it up and found a surprise inside from LuckyGunner:

Gun shaped shortbread cookies!

They are pretty tasty too.  Thanks LuckyGunner!

New knife.

I mentioned a while back that I'd be picking up a new knife in the near future.  Well, it arrived from Amazon.com today:

 
I've only had it for a few hours so i have not been able to do much with it, but I like it.  It's big for a folding knife.  You could easily bludgeon someone with it.  It's a got a locking system on so that when it's open it's locked open by more than just the line lock so you've got damned near a fixed blade.  With just a little practice pulling it out your pocket will open the blade for you.  Taking advantage of this feature requires moving the pocket clip but that's easily accomplished with a small hex key.  It also has a thumb stud if you prefer opening it that way.
 
They are on sale now at Amazon if you're interested.   

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Magpul ASAP

Last night I installed a Magpul ASAP-Ambidextrous Sling Attachment Point on my AR.



It was easy to install and seems like it will work great with my Condor single point sling.  Hopefully I'll be able to get out to the range with it soon!

Monday, December 19, 2011

Just take it.

I find myself moving more and more towards the idea that if you are a police officer you are part of the problem.

Robert's Picks

Books:

Carnifex by Tom Kratman (excellent)

Theodore Rex by Edmund Morris (very good)

Dead Six by Larry Correia and Mike Kupari (excellent)

Movies:

Passchendaele (very good)

Super 8 (very good)

Sanjuro

Duck, You Sucker (good)

Tropic Thunder (good)

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Hornady Zombie Max .45 ACP



I picked up a box of .45 ACP Zombie Max Monday at Academy Sports.  They also had .223 but I didn't feel like spending any more money on what is probably going to just sit in and ammo can, only to come out for laughs. 

Handy tips.

On The Range #59

Tuesday I got myself outside to do a little shooting, first with the AR, and then with my 1911.

Last week I got a mid length upper from DSA to replace the one I screwed up.  I put thirty rounds down range to get the AR zeroed with the new upper last week, and today I put another 90 down range with no issues.

First I fired 3 rounds at 50 and then another 3 at 100 yards just to get an idea of where I'd be hitting at those distances.  I used single sheet of white paper so I'd have a high visibility target since my eyes are not that great.

  
I did the distance shooting supported.

I don't have anywhere easily accessible to shoot at longer distances, but I'm going to try and set something up at some point in the future.  

After seeing where I was hitting at 50 and 100 yards I moved in closer and worked on some stuff from the Art of the Tactical Carbine DVD.  I shoot left handed so that means I have to do reloads and other manipulations a little differently than your average person.  It's fairly easy to adapt if you have to.  

When I finished up with the AR I moved on to shooting my 1911.  I did a lot of work on fundamentals, concentrating on grip, stance, and trigger control while also working on draws and reloads for 50 rounds. 

I finished up my pistol shooting with Dot Torture, scoring 46/50 at 3 yards.  


46/50 was an improvement over last week's 43/50

I excluded a couple of magazines from my pistol shooting that I suspected were the cause of a lot of the issues I've been having with my 1911.  I didn't have near as many issues this time.  In fact, the only problems I had were with one magazine that I had noted as a potential issue.  I dumped all three in the trash.  I'll have to pick up some more as soon as I can. 

Monday, December 12, 2011

Nano, G26, LC9 Comparison.

Another video by Destinee after a range trip with all three:



I think this was great way of reviewing the guns.  An individual review of each can get skewed, IMO.  Having the three side by side is a good way to see what works best for the individual, and it gives you an idea of the various aspects of the pistols in comparison to each other.  If you've had experience with one, you can get a little idea of what the others are like. 

It would be nice to know what kind of holsters, if any, she uses or would use for the guns.  Also, a bit of advice that might help her with her shooting would be to get both those elbows straight.  I wouldn't mind seeing her shooting a little more in the video, but that's just because I like to see guns in action more. 

Another cool video and a good follow up to the last one.

Coming to you straight from Radio Robert.

My commute to my first job went like this:

"Sabotage" by the Beastie Boys

"Another Day" by Pomplamoose

"Schools Out" by Alice Cooper

"I Want Action" by Poison

"Gone Blind" by Sue Foley

"Pyscho" by Puddle Of Mudd

"Prime Mover" by Zodiac Mindwarp

"I'm Shipping Up To Boston" by Dropkick Murphys

"The Razor's Edge" by AC/DC

"Eine Kline Nachtmusik" (Serande No.13 in G Major)

"The Ride" by David Allan Coe

"Mannish Boy" by Muddy Waters

"Master of Puppets" by Metallica

"Ring of Fire" by Johnny Cash

"Glory Box" by Portishead

Friday, December 9, 2011

Work is kicking my ass.

Hopefully I'll have some time for this next week.

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Dec. 7, 1941

They bombed us.  A few years later we nuked them.  They surrendered unconditionally. 

Yes, it's more complicated than that, but it's a strategy we should probably consider revisiting.
Destinee emailed me and some other bloggers and asked us to check out her YouTube channel and a first impressions video she did of the Beretta Nano:



Not bad!  I'll be checking out the other videos and maybe sharing some of those as well.

Adaptive Kalash



I admit it, I'm interested.  I want to pick up an AK at some point.  The fuckers are every where and I don't think it would be a bad idea to know how to run one.  This looks like a good intro to the rifle. 

Monday, December 5, 2011

Brass.

I have in the ballpark of thirty pounds of once fired .45 ACP brass.  I have no idea how many individual pieces that amounts to, thousands I'm sure. 

Of course, I don't have the first piece of reloading equipment to my name, and I'm not sure if I want to take it up.  I probably should get a simple set up for preparedness reasons, but it's an expense I never seem to budget for.

"You're cute" = Sexual Harassment

This fall squarely in the YGTBFKM category:

A 9-year-old boy North Carolina boy was suspended for calling a teacher “cute,” WSOCTV.com reports.

The boy’s mother, Chiquita Lockett, said the principal of Brookside Elementary in Gastonia called her after the incident to say the comment was a form of “sexual harassment.”
I'm sorry, but if the teacher felt she was sexually harassed by being called cute then she is a fucking idiot and should consider suicide, or at the least sterilization.  Ditto for the principal and any other school official who thinks a two day suspension is the proper way to to respond to a student calling a teacher cute. 

Funny.

Texts from Bennett.  Check it out.  I went to high school with a few guy's just like Bennett.

H/t Jaded Haven

Unpossible. The Post Office is a gun free zone.

Seems there was a shooting in a victim disarmament zone in Montgomery, AL:


MONTGOMERY, Alabama -- Officers who handled a shooting at a Montgomery post office Thursday night were lauded today for quick action. Post-Columbine police training was cited as helping to defuse the issue with no injuries and no police gunfire.

Arthur Lee Darby Jr., a 29-year-old postal employee, has been charged with two counts of attempted murder for firing shots inside the main post office at 6:38 p.m.

I wonder how Mr. Darby was able to walk right through the "Gun Free Zone" force field?  

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Got to get myself some contraband Cuban 7.62X39.

Russia to open ammunition plant in Cuba:


Russia plans to build a factory in Cuba to make ammunition for AK-47 assault rifles, Federal Agency for Military and Technical Cooperation director Konstantin Biriulin said Thursday.

"The components were taken to Cuba a few years ago. Now, it is just a matter of taking them out of the crates and getting production underway," Biriulin said.

The Russian official, however, did not say when the plant would be finished or what its production would be.

Friday, December 2, 2011

New upper has been ordered.

My check was a few bills heavier than expected so I placed an order with DSA for another complete upper.  This one is a little different (mid-length hand guards instead of carbine) and also a little cheaper.  The one I fucked up I'll be handing to my friend so he can unfuck it.

It's annoying the hell out of me that I could have just bought a thousand rounds of ammo for the damned thing with what I paid for this new upper.  Damn that burns my ass!

You know what I like though?  Finally being in a good enough financial situation that I'm bitching about buying half a rifle instead of a case of ammo.  I guess, in the end, life is pretty good right now.

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Bastards.

Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry was murdered by Mexican nationals who crossed the US border with Mexico with the intention of committing a crime (in this case, ripping off a drug/money shipment from other criminals).  Agent Terry was killed with guns given to those criminals by the ATF.  That's bad enough, but it gets worse.

Both the FBI and the DEA were aware of the planned rip.  In fact, the FBI is responsible for providing those involved, via a confidential informant, with the information about the shipment.

As another blogger is fond of saying, if you're not angry it's because you're not paying attention.

H/t SayUncle

On the Range #58

Tuesday it was dry enough to get myself outside and do a little shooting with my 1911.  First thing I did was shoot Dot Torture at 3 yards.  I moved back to three yards from seven because it's been a long time, and my score showed it.

38/50

I shot another hundred rounds after Dot Torture.  I did some shooting at varying distances.  I can hold a decent group out to 15 yards, but after that things start to spread out a bit (not enough to matter in serious matters, but I figure pressue+panic will add a degree of difficulty in serious matters).

I need to get back into the habit of shooting once a week now that I can actually afford it again.  

I'm still thinking of moving towards a Glock 9mm.  I love 1911s but I'm losing my faith in the one I own.  I had a lot of problems when I was shooting (due to a dirty/dry gun...I think).  Anyway, my next couple of range sessions will probably decide me.  I can get a Smith E-series for a good price, and I really would like one, but I can get a Glock 19 or 17 for a few hundred bucks cheaper.  Plus 9mm is cheaper.  Larger magazine capacity.  

But I really love carrying a 1911. 

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Still pissed at myself, not much to blog about.

I'm still pissed about the AR. 

I went shooting yesterday and that was nice.  Need do get back in the habit of weekly shooting.  Hopefully more later with a few pictures.

Finished a book last night, and I'll start Dead Six this evening.  Hopefully it will not disappoint.

Now, I'm off to work.

Monday, November 28, 2011

Well, that didn't go as planned.

I had intended that this post would be about how I'd just installed a free float rail system on my AR.  To be fair, I did manage to do that.  Sort of.  It wiggles, so I fucked something up.

I also managed to destroy my front sight post and in the process the barrel.  I'm going to hand the upper to a friend of mind and tell him to strip it anyway he can and sell what parts aren't completely fucked afterwards and give me half.  He is actually competent when it comes to minor gun smithing.  It is obvious to me at this point that I am not. 

I will never, ever attempt to add anything to a gun that is not a drop in part.  I just cost myself a good $400 to $500 thinking I was capable.  Instead I managed to fuck up a perfectly good gun. 

I thought I had done enough research.  I purchased the tools I would need need (minus one, but that is not what caused this issue).  I thought I could manage something so seemingly simple a task.  No such luck. 

It's clear to me I should have just spent a couple of extra hundred dollars and bought a complete gun.  Live and learn, I guess.

This fucking sucks. 

What little sympathy I had is now completely gone.

Watch this video at Wirecutter's place.  It's an interview with one of the pepper sprayed UC-Davis students who says, "We surround the police and told them if they wanted to leave they'd have to go through us."  Well, I guess you got your wish, Darling.   

Friday, November 25, 2011

Bad day.

Work sucked.  Stupid racist lady coupled with another customer who doesn't like the way the service she ordered works.

It's frustrating, and annoying, and also a bit stressing.  Oh, well.  You can't please everyone and things were going a little too well. 

Time for a beer or three.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

That's racist!

Study links wild fires to illegal border crossings.

Robert's Picks

Books:

The Wise Man's Fear by Patrick Rothfuss (excellent)

World War Z by Max Brooks (good)

Star Wars:  Millennium Falcon by James Luceno (very good)

Movies:

Ran

Yojimbo (good)

The Bounty Hunter

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

More discussion on the UC Davis pepper spraying incident.

Me and the proprieter of Random Acts of Patriotism have been going back and fourth over whether the police were justified in using pepper spray on the protesters.  I think it's a good discussion to have if for no other reason than people should be keeping up with what the police are doing, even to those we may not like.

Most of what I've said about the incident is in comments here at the original, here and here.  Please have read if you care too.

A few of things I've decided as a result of this conversation:

1.  I think we need to have a serious look at the public ownership of property in the country and what it means.  If 'public' property is in fact owned solely by a municipality, state, or federal government then it's not public, but private, and all private property laws apply (GTFO when the owner/s say so).  If it is on the other hand a communal property held in trust by government for everyone then we all get to use it, and no one group gets to use it exclusively without permission (like a permit).

2.  If a trespass is taking place, what amount of force is justified in removing trespassers?  In Alabama, my understanding of the law is that I may use 'all necessary force to remove a trespasser.'  Is pepper spray worse than physically dragging someone away, or if they resist beating them into compliance before dragging them away?  I say 'all due force' is correct and that pepper spray is no worse than being dragged or beaten and dragged (I've been sprayed, though indirectly).   

3.  Finally, I now even more firmly believe that 'qualified immunity' is a tool of tyrants and should go to the dust bin of history.  Further, I think civil rights violations should be criminalized and that every single use of physical force by an officer of the law should go before a grand jury.  Officers of the law should be held to a higher standard, in fact I feel that they must be.

Quote of the Day: Free Speech

From MikeW:

When the hell did "free speech" mean someone else had to buy you a microphone, printing press, space in the newspaper, or provide you with an internet connection free of charge?

Indeed.

HELP! HELP! I'M BEING REPRESSED!

So ten friends and I should be able to park our vehicles on the interstate, right? Park them in such away that you can't use it, put up signs that say "Occupy I-65" and the authorities should just let us as long as we're peaceful?  That seems to be the message I'm getting from everyone who is upset about the Occupy UC-Davis people getting pepper sprayed. 

When you break the law you get treated accordingly.  The lowest level of force the police can use is pepper spray (in most cases).  

Comparing this to the Civil Rights movement is thin, at best.  Sure, both groups broke the law.  Both went to jail (as they should have).  Jim Crow was wrong, and Civil Rights protesters were willing to go to jail in order to bring attention to that.  However, trespassing law is not wrong.  Nor are laws that say you cannot block the use of public roads and walkways without a permit to do so. 

If the OWS wants to bring attention to the problems they see with how Wall Street does business and how DC uses the power of regulation to run a protection racket then I am all for that.  But maybe, just maybe, they ought to take a long, hard look at the Tea Party, hire some of their organizers, and pull a few permits. 

Just as the Second Amendment does not confer on me the right to go into a park set up targets on the walkways for a little practice session, the First does not confer on anyone the right to block the walkways with their bodies in order to bring attention to their cause.

Monday, November 21, 2011

Fire.

The more I read about them, the more interested I become in picking up a Kindle Fire.

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Frightening though.

Given a choice between the OWS movement and the Wall Street/.Gov crony capitalist machine, I pick the Wall Street/.Gov machine. 

That scares the fuck out of me.  I need a third option, please.

Saturday, November 19, 2011

My National Ammo Day purchase.


While I was waiting for the counter monkey to pull the pistol ammo I saw something in the gun case that made me smile!

Bad pic, but those are ARs in the WalMart gun case.

What we have here...failure to discriminate.

Imagine a man with no tags on his car was pulled over by police in Alabama.  Imagine that he spoke with a foreign accent, and that his only identification was a foreign ID.  Imagine he had no passport or proof of legal immigration status.  Imagine that man was arrested until such documents could be obtained.

NOW IMAGINE THAT MAN WAS WHITE.

He was white, and as soon as his legal status was confirmed he was released.

That's called 'equal protection.'  Oh, snap!  

Now, I have issues with Alabama's immigration law.  I don't like it.  However, I like that the federal government is ignoring the immigration problem (the need for enforcement and serious reform) a hell of a lot less.

National Ammo Day.

Is today.  Go buy some!

Friday, November 18, 2011

Do NOT speed at the Birmingham airport.

It will get you shot in the face:


Birmingham police Sgt. Johnny Williams Jr. said a man drove through the pickup area outside the terminal at a high rate of speed and had an interaction with a police officer. The man returned, again at a high rate of speed, and encountered the officer again.

The officer shot the man in the face.

Comments to the story suggest that the man attempted to run the police officer over.  AL.com is notorious for having very poor writing with few details.  It's like a blog written by a 14-year old.

Considering the story says the person shot did not sustain life threatening injuries I wonder if he was actually shot, or just hit with glass/metal fragments. 

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Climbing.

Climbed a little further out of the pit of debt I'm currently sitting in.  That's always nice.  I also opened up a MMA to dump some cash in for an emergency fund.  It's nice being able to pay all of my bills for this half of the month, pay half the balance on a credit account, open a bank account, pay for most of a plane ticket, and still have a nice chunk still left over for living expenses of the next two weeks.

Thoughts on HR822.

I'm happy to see it passed, but I'm not going to get my hopes up to high.  Even if it were to get through the Senate it did not make it through the House with a veto proof majority (and that won't happen in the Senate, either). 

Maybe the Senate will take it up and pass it, but I can't see President Obama signing it into law.  It won't make me vote for him and so he has nothing to gain from me or those like me.  There is a damned good chance it would result in a major backlash from a lot of Democrats. 

I'm going to be cautiously optimistic for now.  I hope it at least makes it to the President's desk intact and not buggered up.  It will be a hell of victory even it that is as far as it goes. 

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Choices and musings about the past.

My grandfather wanted me to join the Navy.  He'd really enjoyed his time in the Navy.  I think he regretted not making a career of it. 

I graduated from high school in 2003.  The Navy didn't really appeal to me all that much.  I had some bad memories of sea sickness as a child, and I knew I'd never be a pilot so I wasn't interested. 

I wanted to join the Army.  It wasn't a huge, burning desire, but it was something I felt I should do.  I thought military service was a good idea for a lot of reasons for a young man just finishing high school.  I still do. 

My grandfather spent a lot of time talking me out of it.  "You'll have to run a lot.  You hate running."  "You just won't like it."  He finally got his way when he said he'd pay for school as long as I'd go. 

Looking back, I think maybe he was more interested in shelling out thousands of dollars for college classes rather than taking the chance I'd be getting shot at in Iraq.  Maybe I'm wrong about that, but he was a protective old bastard.

Anyway, other things that I've talked about elsewhere kept me from joining later. 

Tonight my brother gave me a few items from my grandfather's time in the Navy.  He wanted them put up somewhere safe.  Looking over them it made me wish I'd talked to my grandfather more about his time in the Navy.

The Anchor and The Bluejackets' Manual

One thing I do remember is how much he loved Australia when he was there.  He gave serious consideration to emigrating there and taking me and my brother with him.  I'm glad he didn't, but I wish he could have visited again before he died.

It never even occurred to me until today that he had been trained on the M1 Garand.

There are so many conversations that I didn't have with the man who raised me as his own son, the man I call 'grandfather' in his absence but that I called 'Dad' almost my entire life.  I wish he hadn't been such a mean drunk in his last years and that I hadn't been forced to walk away from the chaos that was life at home.  I wish a lot of things.  

I think he'd have had a better and more fulfilling life if he'd gone career Navy.  I think he knew that, and I think he regretted it.  That may be why he wanted me to join up.

I could be wrong about all of it, but it's a gut feeling I have.   

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Larry Correia knocks another one out of the park.

Here.  Go Read.

Sexism.

If he were a woman, he'd have already been released from a mental health facility after being declared 'cured':


Ohio was poised Tuesday to end a nearly six-month break in its use of capital punishment by executing a man who fatally shot his three sons while they slept in 1982, shortly after his wife filed for divorce.

State and federal courts have rejected attorneys' arguments that 66-year-old Reginald Brooks of East Cleveland is not mentally competent and that the government withheld relevant evidence that could have affected Brooks' case.

The more cases like this I come across the more I begin to move towards opposing the death penalty.  It's not because I don't believe a good number of the people executed need killin', because I do.  It's because of how capriciously it is instituted.  The man in this news item deserves to die.  However, how many stories of women murdering their children every year do year hear about where she is declared 'mentally incompetent' and put into a mental hospital?  Too damned many.  

Monday, November 14, 2011

I weep for humanity.



H/t SayUncle

Impeach Judge James Ware.

He clearly thinks the First Amendment is no longer a part of the Constitution he swore to uphold:



Citing past clashes between Mexican American and Anglo students over their clothing on the Mexican holiday, Chief U.S. District Judge James Ware of San Francisco said school officials "reasonably forecast that (the shirts) could cause a substantial disruption" and were entitled to take steps to prevent it, the San Francisco Chronicle reports.

Of course, it's San Fransisco.  What do you expect?

If Mexican or Mexican American students have a problem with American students wearing the American flag, in an American school, in American city, in an American state, in the UNITED FUCKING STATES OF AMERICA, they should damn well be told to piss off, have their skulls caved in for the betterment of humanity, or simply be sent home from school if they can't act like civilized individuals.  Freedom means having to put up with people who you see as assholes, even on a day that is special to you. 

Friday, November 11, 2011

Columbia pants suck.

Of the three pairs of Columbia pants I've purchased I've ended up with a tear in them perform I can even consider them broken in.  The last tear I got today, in a pair of ROC (Rugged Outdoor Chino) pants I've worn a total of three times including today.

In my experience these pants catch on things very easily and, in turn, tear very easily.  I like the Columbia brand in general.  I have two Columbia jackets I'm very happy with.  However, I will never waste my money on their pants again.

Veterans Day.

I hope as many as can have a good one, safe at home with their families.  For those who can't, I hope that changes soon.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

It's about damned time.

Jefferson County, AL has filed for bankruptcy:

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- The Jefferson County Commission has  voted 4-1 to file an estimated $4.1 billion bankruptcy, the largest municipal bankruptcy in U.S. history.

It sucks, and it's going to hurt everyone in the state, but it was inevitable and should have happened years ago. 

Robert's Picks

Books:

Death in the Long Grass by Peter Hathaway Capstick (excellent)

The Vigilantes by W.E.B. Griffin (good)

In Fire Forged (Worlds of Honor #5) by David Weber (very good)

Movies:

Thor (good)

Hannah

X-Men:  First Class

Sword of Doom

Rashomon 

Jesse Stone:  Innocents Lost (good...they put a curve ball in this one that I found highly amusing)

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Colt formally announces new Colt Mustang.

Sweet.  I want one.

November Gun Giveaways

Courtesy of Aaron of The Weapons Blog.

Chris Costa leaving Magpul Dynamics.

Details at GearScout.

I have The Art of the Dynamic Handgun DVD set and I really enjoyed it.  It's no substitute for real training, but it's better than nothing and there is a lot of good information there.  Plus it's a good way to get a feel for a trainer's style.  I'll probably be picking up some of the other DVD sets at some point in the future as well.

On the Range #57: New AR

I took the new AR out to the range today to zero the iron sights.  I had a couple of different ammo types to check out on it as well.

I only shot 110 rounds, and 100 of that was steel cased Monarch brand ammo (Wolf).  It ate every bit of it with only one little hitch.  I had a light strike on one round.  It fired off just fine the second time around though.  Never had that happen before.

It didn't take much to get zeroed at ~25 yards.  I think I made three adjustments and I had the gun shooting as well as I'm capable shooting it.  The steel cased stuff I was shooting grouped find.  I also popped off ten rounds of Hornady TAP 75gr stuff.  I'm keeping 30 rounds of TAP on tap when it sit next to the nightstand.  It groups tighter but generally shoots to the same point of aim. that'll probably change a bit out at further distances, and I need to get some more to find out for sure.

All in all, shoots great!  I'm not a fan of the standard hand guard because those bastards get HOT after about a 80 rounds, but I'll be replacing that soon enough.  Need to pick up some gloves too.

Monday, November 7, 2011

That's unpossible.

Guns are banned there.

My new AR.

As promised, here are a few pictures the complete AR:


 It was fun to put together, and hopefully this is just the first of many.

I put this together myself, but I didn't go all out on the build.  Here's the parts list:
Spike's Tactical Complete Lower Reciever~$299.75 from a local Merchant of Death
Magpul MBUS Rear Back-UP Sight~$66 from a local Merchant of Death (probably could have got it cheaper, but I wasn't in the mood the wait for it to ship)

Call it $840.  I could have saved about a hundred off of that, if not more, but it's what I wanted and it was easier to buy it in pieces rather than try and hold onto the loose cash.  

Anyway, as I mention before I'm going to go all Magpul fan boy on it in flat dark earth (or whatever it is the cool kids are calling brown now).  I've got a Midwest Industries rail on the way, and after that it'll either be a sling attachment or an AFG.  Hopefully I'll be picking up an Aimpoint Pro soon.  I might make it a Christmas present to myself.  Of course, I'd kind of like a new tv too...

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Things I've learned today.

1.  New Yorkers are apparently the arbiters of the level of politeness in the South.

2.  Telling a woman she looks good in tight jeans is a 'rape-like' comment.*

As to the first, yankees don't know a damned thing about the South.  I am in and out of people's homes all day long and it never fails that I'm asked, "Is there anything I can do to help you?  Would you like something to drink?" or told "Sit down, there is no need for you stand while you're waiting."  If it's around dinner time and I'm still working I'm often asked to stop and have something to eat.  Oh, and even though it's not necessary I quite often get cash tips most of which have been $20 and up. 

Outside of work I see men offer their seats to women everyday.  I see people holding doors for each other.  I hear please and thank you (and use them) along with 'yes, Sir' 'no, Sir' yes Ma'am' and 'no Ma'am.'  And it's not just from older people, either.  Even people my age and younger act politely.  It's not true of everyone, and there is enough rudeness to go around.

Are kids assholes in schools?  You're damned right.  You want to know why?  Because they get away with it.  If manners are failing in the South it's a direct result of the bullshit children get away with in schools.  Teachers used to be able to do something about students being rude in their classrooms.  Now?  Not so much.  Can't kick the little crotch dumpling out of your class room, he's got a 'right' to an education.

That said, I don't really see the decline.  Facebook and social networking sites, cell phones, etc. make it a lot easier for the rude and insulting things people have always said behind others' backs to get around more (and usually back to the last person the people saying them want them to get back too) but that doesn't so much show a decline in manners as it does a failure to adapt to change. 

As to the second, I can see how the comment could be creepy coming from the wrong person.  But 'rape-like'?  That's a bit much, if you ask me.  Let me let you in on a little secret ladies.  Chances are pretty good that if a non-relative male is giving you a compliment he probably wants to fuck you.  Won't be true in every case, but it's a good bet.  And just because a guy may want to fuck you doesn't mean he wants to force the issue.  If he was, he would, and we'd be having a totally different conversation. 

While the comment in question wasn't made by me I've made similar one's often enough to a smiling, "Thank you!" to feel comfortable with my position on what is generally an acceptable compliment.

Friday, November 4, 2011

Fifth.

And it's finished.

Except for the rail I ordered Thursday night and the various things I'll be putting on it.  I decided to do a flat dark earth scheme and once I get the rail installed I'll pick up one of Magpul's AFGs and a flashlight mount.  This will be a home defense gun more than anything so I want a light on it.  I'll put a Magpul buttstock on it too, and at some point I'll be putting one of the Aimpoint Pro red dots on it.  

It's nice to have an AR again.  Pictures of it all put together (with a parts list) to follow soon, hopefully with a short range report.

Thursday, November 3, 2011

As if that will stop them.

DOJ:  We'll be honest, we promise.
The Justice Department says it is dropping a proposed rule that would have allowed officials to deny the existence of certain sensitive information, which critics said amounted to giving the government a license to "lie."

The decision comes a week after Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, the top Republican on the Senate Judiciary Committee, sent a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder saying the proposed rule "stands in stark contrast to both the president;s and your prior statements" about transparency and open government.
The fact that this rule was even proposed should be ringing alarm bells, but most people have completely ignored it.  It truly is sad how apathetic people are to governmental misconduct.

If you think this was anything more than an attempt to give the official OK to what has, and always will be, standard operating procedure in DC then I have to question your mental faculties.  This is right up there with 'anything that makes us look bad is a matter of National Security' and must forever be kept secret.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Dry fire.

Dry fire is one place where I will admit I am one lazy bastard.  I just generally don't want to do it.  I like doing it when I'm doing (in a way), but I just never want to start doing it.

Last night I decided I was going to start (and did start!) doing daily dry firing following the basic outline found at Pistol-Training.com.  I plan to stick with it, and see how my shooting improves.  It should improve considering every trainer who has instructed me, and every professional shooter I've ever read says it will.

We'll see how it goes.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Damn.

Not much else I can say.

Training.

Unfortunately it's training at work.  We're easing our way into home audio/visual and networking.  I'm working a 6-day this week, which would normally mean a nice paycheck but two of the days will be training pay which is shit.  Oh, well.  Hopefully this will help me make more money in the long run. 

Monday, October 31, 2011

Choices.

I had the scratch for either a rear sight for my AR, or ammo.  I decided to wait until Friday when I get paid to buy both.  Hopefully some time early next week I'll be able to get on the range and then give a review and full parts list.  The list will be short since I cheated, but I'll give a full run down.

You don't want to vote (or shoot) your way out of this.

Robb Allen has a very thought provoking post up today.  Go read it if you haven't. 

For the most part, I tend to agree with him.  Where we disagree comes down to how much we each have to lose.  I have relatively little.  Robb has a lot.  I'm leaning more towards, "Fuck it, it's broken.  Let's take our chances by scrapping it and start over" without really being willing to start the party by myself.  Robb is of the mindset, in my opinion, of, "Well, it's not that bad.  Sure, there is a lot that could be better, but we're a hell of lot better off than most and why not enjoy all the wonderful things we have and be as happy as we can."*

Robb says we're not voting our way out of this.  He's right.  We are not going to get a person through the political process who has enough power to shrink the government and reintroduce individual responsibility at the cultural level.  We'd basically need a benevolent dictator, and we'd need that person to have absolute control in order to control and eventually dismantle the bureaucracy that runs this country.  First we'd have to find someone capable of it, and then we'd have to take the risk of giving that person all that power and hoping he or she didn't get either replaced with someone not so benevolent or that they didn't become an American Robert Mugabe.

He also says we're not shooting our way out of this.  I think he's wrong on the this count.  Dead wrong.  We could very easily shoot ourselves out of this.  In fact, shooting our way out of it would be a hell of a lot easier than trying to work within the stacked deck that is the American political process. 

The problem, however, is not getting out of it.  The problem is what we'll be in once we're out of it.  That is what most people are not willing to risk.  Most people "are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed." 

Right now in the United States quality of life is so high, things are so good, pleasurable things are so damned easy to attain, that we're willing to put up with the violation of every single one of our rights,** especially when those violations are so light, and since we're so accustomed to a lot of them.***  The most brutal violations of rights, while generally highly visible, are largely ignored because we're willing to take the word of those in power that a few transfers or demotions are going to keep it from happening again even though we see evidence every day that this is not the case.  They're also largely ignored because the only effective response would be to kill those doing the violating, and in turn kill those who would retaliate in response to that.  I'd rather see them in prison, personally, but when the only people capable of putting them in prison are thinking, "Well, if I look the other way for him/her, he/she will look the other way for me," then that just isn't going to happen.

So, we put up with it.  We put up with it because the only other option left to us is a highly risky one that is just as likely (probably more than likely) to lead us into an even worse situation.  And when the chance that you, as an individual, will have your rights grossly violated is so small why would you risk making things worse?  Fact is, while the government grossly violates individual citizens' rights everyday, the population of the nation is so huge that, even though the vast majority of those who do the violating get away with it, we are not likely to be a victim of it.

And because the vast majority of those who do the violating do so often get away with (aside from the occasional sacrificial lamb here and there), we are vastly more inclined to ignore the violations when they happen to someone else.  When we are the victims of those violations ourselves, assuming we actually survive, we are generally so afraid of it happening again that we'll let it go with nothing but a lot of grumbling and maybe a lawsuit.****  We're allowed the grumbling and the lawsuit because it gives us the illusion of having a meaningful recourse to government abuse and because it gives legitimacy to the powers that be. 

I mean, hell, if this were a real police state they'd be beating us for talking out of line and they certainly wouldn't be giving us monetary restitution, right?  Ever wondered if maybe they're just smarter than your average tinpot dictator, and know that if they allow us this they can, quite literally, get away with murder?

I guess what I am trying to say here is that ultimately we are all of us just going along to get along.  We've got no real hope of getting anything better without taking a chance that will most likely leave things even worse.  And why complain when I've got internet (and free porn), a smart phone, plenty of food, Dish Network, and Netflix?  The odds of the government violating my rights in a spectacular enough fashion to have lasting consequences are far lower than me losing all of those things I listed in previous sentence if I were to choose to start shooting the bastards.

I'm content to go along to get along.  For now. 

*This is the more practical and safe course.  It's the best one if you have a family to protect.  And to be fair it's the one I'm following and will probably continue to follow all by my lonesome.  After all, it really isn't all that bad for most of us. 
**To avoid pointless digressions we'll define rights as Life, Liberty, and Property.  "I can't remember having to quarter any troops lately nyuk nyuk nyuk."
***I've always needed a license to carry a pistol.  So did my parents generation.  My grandparents were white, so they got to carry whether it was technically 'illegal' or not.  I say technically illegal because it boggles the mind how it can be illegal for a person to do something the Constitution clearly says they can do, but I digress.  I've also always had to put up with an officer being allowed to pat me down any damned time he wants because the powers that be say his safety is more important than mine.  I have to put up with unreasonable searches and seizure (I've experienced this first hand and it's certainly changed my view of the police from highly positive to mostly negative).  I have to pay rent, in the form of taxes, on property I supposedly own.  This list could go on and on. 
****That, if we win, will be paid for by the citizenry rather than the individuals responsible for the wrongs, so why would they care if they lose, right?  And talk is cheap.  People will forget as soon as the person in charge says, "We deeply regret what happened and those responsible have been punished."

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Fourth.

Bolt!

Technically I have a complete AR at this point.  It's perfectly capable of going , "bang!bang!"  Well, it would be if I had ammo.  The unveiling will come as soon as I pick up a rear sight.  Hopefully I can swing by the gun store today, and have some pics of it up in all it's glory Sunday or Monday. 

Friday, October 28, 2011

American Guns: FAIL

So Discovery Channel has a new gun show called American Guns.  I've watched a couple of episodes. 

It's...well...it's reality tv (in other words so scripted it hurts, but whatever).  I figure if there is more demand for this type of show, then great.  I think winning over the American Idol crowd to our side is a good thing in the long run for the whole renormalization of guns in everyday American society.

Anyway, I was watching last night and there is a deal going down for some guns.  One they talk about is the Thompson Sub-machine gun.  Everyone loves a Thompson. 

Then they did that little blurb in the corner of the screen to give  you more information about what they're talking about:


The Thompson was NOT the first handheld machine gun (using the definition of 'fires full auto' for 'machine gun').  Even if we look at just sub-machine guns it was not the first.  The BAR came before it (1917), and for sub-guns there is the Beretta 1918 (1918).

The Thompson was just getting the kinks worked out in 1917, while John Moses Browning already had a working model of the BAR being tested by the military.  Considering the Beretta went into service in 1918 I think it's fair too assume that it's design probably predates the Thompson (which went into service in 1919, too late for WWI).  

There is also the MP-18 which was designed in 1916 and went into production in 1918. 

Hey, Discovery?  I'm all for more gun programing, but could you at least pay attention to getting the technical details correct before throwing them out there?

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Stabby want.






Weer'd has a post up about CRKT knives.  I've never owned one, but everyone I know who has owned them loves them.  My friend picked up one of the above (not black, but tan), and I really liked it.

Most of my extra cash has been tied up in putting my AR together, but that's almost done so next paycheck I think I'll be picking that baby up.  If I can find it local I'll buy it local, if not I'll just order it direct from CRKT.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

On The Range #56

Yesterday I made myself get outside and put a hundred rounds through the 1911.  It's been way to long since the last time I went shooting, and I needed it. 

I managed pretty well.  I did all of my shooting from around 7 yards and was hitting pretty well.  I did a lot of Mozambique drills using two different targets just to put some pressure on myself (I really need to invest in a shot timer), and I ran some sprints to get the blood and adrenaline flowing.  I didn't notice a perceptible change in my shooting.  I'll take that as a good sign.

I had one malfunction.  The slide locked back with a round still in the magazine.  It happened in the first twenty or so rounds and was not repeated.  Might have caused that one myself. 

I really like working with multiple targets.  I'm going to try and keep that up.  I've also got a bunch of empty two liter bottles I've saved up, and a half case of clays that I'm going to start using to give myself some reactive targets of various sizes/shapes.

Third.



This arrived yesterday.  I also got word that my bolt group should be shipping today.  Once that arrives I'll need a rear sight, which I should be able to pick up at the gun store any time.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

You should be dead.



One hopes that this fool has turned into a gun safety Nazi.  One also wonders that if he had managed to put the shot threw his own head would there have been anything inside to damage?

H/t The Firearm Blog

Monday, October 24, 2011

Quote of the Day: Pure Fucking Stupidity Edition

Glancing at the comments for a short article on 'Occupy Birmingham' I can across this one by someone going by Cyanlite, regarding a call for people to close accounts at big banks:

Waste of time. The Big Banks will just get bailed out again by the Tea Party with another round of TARP.

 The fail is strong with that one.

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Interesting book.

I had some time to kill today as one of my customers decided being at home to have his satellite tv set up was just too much to ask, so I went to my new favorite (used) bookstore. 

I was browsing around the science fiction/fantasy section when I hit the Tolkien books.  I was tempted to pick up The Legend of Sigurd and Gudrun (I'll be getting it eventually) when I saw a book called Tales Before Tolkien.  It's a collection of fantasy fiction that predates Tolkien's works, some of which were sure to have been influences on him.  I read the first story and I must admit I'm hooked. 

Friday, October 14, 2011

Quote of the Day

This one comes from Stingray of The Atomic Nerds:

I have come to the conclusion that “organic” is a Native American word for “costs four bucks more, sucker.”
Winner, winner, chicken dinner.

What's it got, Precious?

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Hornady Zombie Max.



Whether they actually do it, or it's just a clever marketing ploy, I really love Hornady for this!

H/t The Firearm Blog

Monday, October 10, 2011

Second.


I picked this up Saturday after work.  My last paycheck was quite nice so I paid off a credit card and decided I was either going to pick up a complete lower or that shotgun I mentioned before.  The lower was cheaper, and I wanted it more anyway.

Now, if DSA would just get around to shipping my bolt group assembly that I ordered last month....

Friday, October 7, 2011

October Gun Giveaways.

Courtesy of Aaron at the Weapon Blog.

Robert's Picks

Books:

The Return of the King by JRR Tolkien (excellent)

The Name of the Wind (Kingkiller Chronicles, Day 1) by Patrick Rothfuss (excellent)*

The Hound of the Baskervilles by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (good)

Movies:

Samurai Trilogy 3:  Duel at Ganryu Island (very good)

Scott Pilgrim vs. the World (good)

Killers (good)

Splice

*Highly recommended

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Painful admission.

Unless I have a HUGE run of good luck, the next center fire pistol I purchase will be a Glock, either a G21 or G17, but probably the G17 because of the price of ammo.

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

They've opened a second front in the West.

Today the Nerd Ranch suffered a vicious surprise attack by the Empire of Evil Stinging Insects.  It appears a new front has been opened in this long and painful war. 

However, I fear the insects are about to realize they've aroused the ire of an enemy that will not rest until the attackers are annihilated.  Unlike the small skirmishes I've faced for years here in the South, they've launched an all out invasion in the West.

The enemy has made a grave mistake.  Reconnaissance quickly located their base, and within hours a counter attack designed to bring about its complete destruction will be under way.

Oops, you blew it.

This could get very nasty for the administration. 

Monday, October 3, 2011

I didn't realize it could do that...

I admit I haven't really looked to closely at the newer aircraft the US military is trying to get into action.  I didn't realize the F-35* had a vertical landing capability.




*A quick search shows there are three variants, the one shown in the video has a short take off, vertical landing capability.  Cool stuff.

Friday, September 30, 2011

Quote of the Day

Comes to us from Marko in the comments to Tam's post about he frog UN firearms instructor shooting himself in the leg during a recertification course:

He'll receive both a medal for bravery and for being wounded in action, being one of the rare U.N. troops who fired shots and took a bullet.

That's funny, right there!

Irony.

Please, please, tell me I'm not the only one who sees the irony of women wanting this ad pulled from the airwaves because it reinforces stereotypes about women.

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Tactical Magic.



H/t Everyday, No Days Off

Quote of the Day: Michael Z. Williamson

You live in a city. You don't know how to change a tire or oil. You don't know how to build a fire.  You can't communicate without a cell phone. You can't fix your plumbing. You can't set up your own wifi. You're untrained in basic economics, chemistry, physics and history.  You can't prepare food without packages, and aren't even aware that food has to be processed from root or bone before that. You only know and get paid for one very specialized task.

Yet you call me a "hick."

Only the military and police should have guns.

Except the military and police are comprised of people, and some of those people are bad people.  It sucks, but it's a fact of life.



The three who allegedly entered the home -- Pvt. Richard Daley, 24; Pfc. Claude Byrd II, 27; and Pfc. Kevon McLaren, 22 -- were each charged Tuesday with one count of conspiracy to commit first-degree robbery, three counts of first-degree robbery, and five counts of kidnapping.

These men are a disgrace, and I hope they'll never be allowed to forget it.  

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

I hate when that happens....

I had a few minutes to kill this morning so I decided to swing by Hoover Tactical Firearms to see if they still had any Spike's Tactical complete lowers. 

I took a minute to look over the used long guns, and what do I find?  Why, a Mossberg 590A1, the very damned shotgun I've been wanting for a good long while, and it's only $350.  Of course, I don't have $350.

I'm going looking for it the next time I get paid.  Hopefully it'll still be there, but I doubt it.

Religions of Peace.

Death is peaceful, right?

An Iranian pastor who has refused to renounce his Christian faith faces execution as early as Wednesday after his sentence was upheld by an Iranian court.

So much tolerance.

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Monday, September 26, 2011

Head. Pike. Some Assembly Required.

Defending one's Constitution Rights should be a legally justifiable use of deadly force. 

H/t The Drawn Cutlass

I blame TV.

This is what you get when you misrepresent a profession:



Honestly, though, I blame the parents.  You should be able to leave your 11 and 14 year old at home without them grabbing a shotgun to play with.  If they do partake in such stupidity it's probably because you're a fucking idiot and don't know your kids.

Guns that make you cringe.

We've all got a few.  You see one or hear the name and your lip curls up in disgust and you let out a little growl like Clint Eastwood in Gran Torino.

For me the most egregious examples of this are the 'rifle' pistols such as the AR-15 pistol and the AK pistol

 

WE HATES THEM!!!11

And now DSA, a company I happen to really like, has jumped into this bucket of fail with both feet and brought us the FAL pistol.

Jesus Christ on a pogo stick, why the fuck would you want that abortion?!

I can understand things like the Thompson Center Contender.  I grok it, but most of these guns are just stupid, pure and simple.  You can't do anything to make them even modestly useful without turning them into an NFA weapon, and if you can do that just pick up a fucking M-11 and be done with it.

That said, if you're dumb enough to buy it I'd be happy to sell it to you.  So "hurray!" for capitalism, even if it makes my head hurt.

Anyone else have any guns that make you go instantly 'head-desk'?

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Krav Maga.

I've heard of it, but never really looked too closely at it until today.  Sounds like a martial art that is right up my philosophical alley.

Unfortunately I don't think there are any serious instructors in my area (most of them seem to be oriented more towards fitness than fighting).  Something to keep an eye out for anyway.

Friday, September 23, 2011

Piece by piece.

I ordered the second piece for my AR build today.  Hopefully the first piece will be out of back order and shipped before it arrives.  Considering I'm buying a complete upper and a complete lower rather building everything from the ground up (I'll trick it out later, I want a gun I can shoot, damn it), I am not only three pieces away from a complete and functional rifle.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Soaked.

I spent the vast majority of my day soaked from rain.  It sucked.  My boots are completely soaked through so I won't be able to wear them tomorrow.  I need to get a spare pair. 

With allies like this, who needs enemies?

Pakistan is not, and never has been, an 'ally.'

Documents obtained by Fox News suggest that for decades Pakistan spread nuclear weapon technology around the globe in exchange for cash, political influence and help with its own atomic bomb program. Among those on the other side of the deals: China, Iran, North Korea and Libya.

The charges are contained in two documents written by A.Q. Khan, the Pakistani nuclear arms trafficker long thought to be the mastermind behind an elaborate global supply and procurement network: a thirteen-page confession to government authorities and a dramatic letter hastily written to his wife as an international manhunt tightened around him.

Pakistan is run by some very shrewd people.  I have to hand it to them.  Their intelligence service has seemingly, in my admittedly uninformed opinion, played us time and time again.

Am I missing something?  We invaded Afghanistan because that country's leaders were harboring a group of people we wanted.  We didn't give a fuck about the women and children of Afghanistan until we wanted Al-Qaeda.  We invaded Iraq because we thought, not knew, thought they had WMDs that could be turned over to people willing to actually use them against us.  Again, for ten years we didn't give a fuck about the women or children of Iraq until it was in our interest to play that card for the media.  Osama bin Laden was sitting in Pakistan for how long?  How many people who are openly enemies of the United States did Pakistan give nuclear technology to? 

Why aren't Abrams tanks rolling through Islamabad by now?

I'm a straight forward kind of person.  You set a goal, and then you do what you have to in order to achieve it.  Frankly, I think we should have treated the tribes in Afghanistan the same way we treated the tribes in the early history of the US.  I should be watching cattle graze on a federal land grant in Panjshir right now.  Iraq should be wondering if its newest military governor is going to allow them sit another parliament this year after having the last six executed for corruption.  And Pakistan (as well as China and North Korea) should be screaming bloody murder about our setting up a nice state of the art missile defense system in India.

I know.  It's a nice little fantasy world I'd like to be living in. Sometimes I even imagine we invaded North Vietnam via Cambodia and Laos combined with an amphibious assault.      

   

Monday, September 19, 2011

Whip it out.

Everyone else is, so here's mine:

Boker Magnum Cinch

I picked one of these up a few weeks ago.  It was cheap and I was trying to be nice by buying something at a friend's work place.  It's a decent little knife, sharp and cheap.  I use it extensively at work for all of my cutting needs. 

Ok, President Obama, let's make things fair.

First we'll raise retirement age (the age at which you can get Social Security and Medicare) to 85.

Second, let's eliminate the entire US Tax Code and replace it with a 10% income tax accross the board with absolutely no deductions for anything, ever.

Third, we'll have a 5% Federal Sales Tax on all non-food items.  Again, there will be no exceptions. 

Fourth, we'll eliminate all spending on protective services for members of the government.  Protection must be provided at the expense of the protected.  Government has no responsibility to protect any particular individual among the general population, it would only be fair (and save a lot of money) if this applied to government members as well.

Fifth, we'll haggle over Military vs.  Entitlement spending (to exclude Social Security and Medicare for the time being). 

Meet me on those five things Mr. President and I'll believe you mean it when you say you want things to be fair.  Personally, I think when you and all the others in DC say fair you exclude yourselves silly concepts like fairness don't apply to you.

Going against the grain.

I like the Star Wars Special Editions.  I don't give a damn if Han shot first, I care that he shot accurately.  And I thought the prequels were pretty good.  My only real complaints were Jar-Jar and the infamous, "NOOOOOOO!"

So, as you can imagine, I'm not particularly upset that George Lucas has made more changes to the Blu-ray versions of the Star Wars movies.  I'll probably pick them up after I get around to picking up a HD tv and a Blu-ray player.  If nothing else they'll be worth it for all the bonus material.

I think the reason I'm not so torn up about the movies is because Star Wars was never just the original trilogy for me.  I saw those, and a few years later I saw the Special Editions.  I loved them.  I think most of the changes were for the better.  By the time the prequels were released I'd read about three decades worth of Star Wars history post-Return of the Jedi so the movies were just a small piece of the overall story, and really not the best part either.

Star Wars was never just three movies made in the '70s and '80s to me.  It was always a lot more.  I guess because of that small changes in the films that don't change the overall story line just don't bother me, and there are plenty of other things to be annoyed with George Lucas about (like Kingdom of the Crystal Skull!).    

Unpossible

Those drugs that are not outright illegal are illegal to use without a prescription so this story can't possibly be true:

Government data showed there were more deaths caused by drug use than there were motor vehicle fatalities in 2009. There were at least 37,485 drug-related fatalities that year, according to preliminary data compiled by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

I think this is a clear example of the futility of trying to stop people from harming themselves.  Fuck'em.  Legalize and let the dumb ones die.  That would be one hell of government budget cut, if you ask me.