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.    

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

I wish this was joke.

But it's not.  When you click over be sure to report me for my previous post.

Sunday, September 11, 2011

We knew how to handle shit back then.

A good old American, "Fuck you, Assholes!"

H/t Tam

Thoughts 10 years later.

The hole in New York City is still there.

The Patriot Act.

The TSA.

A 'democratic' Islamic theocracy run by nepotists and criminals in Afghanistan.

Ditto Iraq.

Our ally Pakistan and all the help they've given us.

It is apparently better that our soldiers be killed and mutilated than that civilians in a war zone face the slightest danger from an airstrike or artillery.

It is apparently important that we do our utmost not to offend the sensibilities of Muslims while at the same time killing tens of thousands of them.

It is apparently important that we give up our freedom because that is the best way to keep ourselves safe from Islamic terrorists who hate us because of our freedom.

Over the last ten years I've seriously considered joining the military a number of times.  I haven't because of the reasons above.  I didn't want to risk dying for the sake of people whose religion says I'm only fit for slavery or death.  I didn't want to fight in a foreign land while at home my government was slowly but surely slicing away at the freedoms I was sworn to defend.  I didn't want to place myself under the orders of men and women who are more concerned with their image in the media than winning the fight, let alone keeping me or my brothers in arms that might have been alive.

All that said I'm still ashamed that I never joined, mainly because if I had at least I could have shared some of the burden that has been placed on the good men and women who chose to serve.

Friday, September 9, 2011

Blatant act of war.

In my humble opinion, Israel would be completely justified if it were to turn Egypt into a giant sheet of glass:

Protesters broke into the Israeli Embassy in Cairo Friday and dumped documents out of the windows as hundreds more demonstrated outside, prompting the ambassador to rush to the airport to leave. The unrest was a further worsening of already deteriorating ties between Israel and post-Hosni Mubarak Egypt.

Egyptian police made no attempt to intervene during the day as crowds of hundreds tore down an embassy security wall with sledgehammers and their bare hands or after nightfall when about 30 protesters stormed into the Nile-side high-rise building where the embassy is located.

 The only reason Egypt still exists is because Israel is NOT what it is often accused of being, a Zionist state bent on world domination.  If it really were, it has all the justification it needs to launch full scale military operations against Egypt.  The restraint it is showing is commendable, but in my opinion ultimately a waste.  Force must be met with force.  Anything less just encourages the goblins to try and take more. 

And in a just world, the United States would be offering to help.  Of course, all we hear from our current anti-Israeli government is silence.

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Good day.

Weather was nice.  Finished work at a reasonable hour.  Paid off a credit card.  Bought a complete bolt group assembly for my AR build.

One of those days...

Yesterday was my Monday since I work weekends and I'm off Mondays and Tuesdays.  It started out great when I walked outside and found my van had a flat tire.  And of course my hydraulic jack is missing so I was stuck using the piece of shit provided by Chevy.  The assholes who designed and approved that hunk of fail need to be lined up and shot, IMHO. 

The first half of the day went well, and I then I was asked to pick up some extra work.  That was no big deal as one more service call only added about an hour to my day.  Then I get a call from my direct supervisor saying he needs me to go on a 6/1 schedule for the next two weeks, which I hate.  I'm one of those people who really needs two days off just to keep my sanity.  And, of course, my first afternoon customer turned out to one who was doing some home projects that delayed what I was doing by about an hour.  This of course left me getting to a new install around 4PM. 

The new install went quick, unfortunately they were a very nice and talkative couple which caused a few delays  The end result was me getting to my last service call a little after 7PM.  It went fairly quick and I was finished in an hour...but had an hours drive home.  Sigh....

Arriving home I found that a breaker that I had a feeling was going bad was tripped, and it refused to reset.  As there was no load on it all day except my router and modem, and it's a 20 amp circuit, I figured it's a bad breaker (I liberated it and some of the others from a remodel when I was still working for an electrician...one of the others went bad too).  Luckily it wasn't my refrigerator circuit.

Not having a spare handy I just switched the the bad breaker for the one on my microwave circuit until I can pick another one up.  So far it's working just fine.  Hopefully the issue is the breaker, otherwise I'm in for a ton of work finding the problem and I'll probably end up replacing all the switches and plugs on that circuit just to be on the safe side.  Probably replace the wall boxes too if it comes to it, damn it. 

Well, at least I know how to do it.

Anyway, if things get slower than usual around here you'll know why.  

Monday, September 5, 2011

Arizona police and federal authorities give explosives to terrorists.

Hey, if the media can distort the facts to fit their agenda, why can't I?

Local police and federal officials were searching for a potentially dangerous container at Sky Harbor Airport in Phoenix Sunday night after explosives disappeared during a training exercise, MyFoxPhoenix.com reported.

A little reading about what they lost tells me that it's essentially a giant blasting cap for setting off large quantities of your more inert explosives.  Still, it's a big stick of TNT.  That ain't nothing to laugh at.  And they lost it.  If a mining company or mining supply company lost a pound of explosives they'd get fined at the very least, and possibly face federal criminal charges.  When police and federal authorities do it?  Nothing.  At worst some lowly officer will get fired, but probably just end up with a reprimand.

To be fair, not every individual police officer or fed loses explosives or machine guns or drugs or money, but those that do should face the same punishment I would if I were to do the same.  Actually, they should probably face a stiffer punishment because they get to play with all that stuff because they're so highly trained.  The more competent you supposedly are the higher the standard you should be held to.  

Keep your finger off the trigger!

If you don't want the gun to 'go off,' keep your booger hook off the bang switch, Dumbass!

At least the moron appears to have been following one rule so he didn't kill the poor woman.  And you've got to love the reporting:   "(T)he boss was apparently showing the woman the gun Saturday afternoon when it went off."  Um, no.  The gun went off when he pressed the trigger, not when he showing it to her.  Guns don't have premature discharges unless they're seriously broken, and that's a rare event.  Of course, that doesn't fit the agenda.  If guns just got off then guns are the problem, not the stupid/ignorant people who occasionally fuck up with them.

It would be amusing if there was a national news story every time someone did something stupid with a car.  Could you imagine the ridiculousness of every fender bender, every death in an auto accident, being national news? 

Worthy Cause.

Kilted to Kick Cancer.  If you haven't already, check it out. 

Friday, September 2, 2011

Robert's Picks

Books:

Indigo Slam by Robert Crais (good)

A Desert Called Peace by Tom Kratman (excellent)

Movies:

Lone Wolf and Cub:  White Heaven in Hell

Green Fire

Samurai Trilogy Part I:  Musashi Miyamoto (good)

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Quote of the Day: Jaded Haven

Daphne, author of Jaded Haven, in her review of Penn Jillette's God, No!:

I’m no Abraham. I would tell God to get royally fucked, turn my back on his murderous request and wash my hands of his celestial holiness forever more. Which, according to Penn, makes me an atheist.

I’m comfortable wearing that label.

It was the story of Abraham that hammered the final nail in the coffin in my belief of 'God.'  I'm going to have to give that book a read. 

Count the fail.

Go read this.  You'd think combat would weed out that kind of stupid, unfortunately I've met a few of his cousins around these parts and fate just isn't fair, the bitch.