Friday, March 30, 2012

Quote of the Day: RobertaX

On Presidents:

Me, I'd be happy if we never had another second-term President in my lifetime. They get up to too much mischief.

100% agree.  

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Federal Bureau of Incompetence.

A while back the FBI planted an agent with a militia group, found nothing but a lot of big talk, and then arrested the militia members for plotting to kill police and wage war against the government.  It was all over the news, this huge success of the FBI in stopping a bunch of dangerous homegrown terrorists.

Only, not so much:

DETROIT — A federal judge on Tuesday gutted the government’s case against seven members of a Michigan militia, dismissing the most serious charges in an extraordinary defeat for federal authorities who insisted they had captured homegrown rural extremists poised for war.

U.S. District Judge Victoria Roberts said the members’ expressed hatred of law enforcement didn’t amount to a conspiracy to rebel against the government. The FBI had secretly planted an informant and an FBI agent inside the Hutaree militia starting in 2008 to collect hours of anti-government audio and video that became the cornerstone of the case.

Funny how these things work out.  Also funny how this dismissal wasn't all over the news for days.  Actually, not funny.  Typical is more like that.

I think these guys were nutty.  But being nutty is not the same as being terrorists.  I'd hate to see what the FBI could do with hours of audio and video conversations I've had with freedom minded friends over the years.  I'm sure it wouldn't be too hard to present it in such a way as to make me appear to be some crazy terrorists out to kill the government.

The FBI has a history of saying, "Oh, you're a freedom fighter/soldier of allah/militia member who hates the US government/people?  So are we!  Here's a bomb, go plant it here," and then making an arrest and saying "ZOMG!!1 We're fucking HEROS who just saved you from the next 9/11!!"

I'm getting a little tired of it.

H/t The Packetman

Sad news.

Blogger Newbius has set sail for the undiscovered country.  I wish him well on this final adventure, and my thoughts are with those he has left behind.

I had never met the man in real life, but I wish I had.  I greatly enjoyed his blog and his thoughts on freedom and keeping it. 

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

It's always something.

I rolled my van on the way into work this morning.  I made it less than a 1/4 mile from my driveway.  I won't go into the details, but basically I lost control and completely rolled it over. I suffered a 25% compression fracture to my T-6 vertebrae.  My back hurts like hell, but there is no spinal damage and I was released from the hospital same day.

I'll be taking it easy for a few days and then be on light duty for a few weeks.  Hopefully I'll be back at not long after my two week follow up.

Monday, March 26, 2012

On The Range #63: Glock 17 Gen 4

Friday I purchased a Gen 4 Glock 17.  I took it out that afternoon to get a feel for it.  My general impressions are that I'm a little quicker and a little more accurate with it.  That was a hell of a surprise to me, considering I've put less than 50 rounds through Glock pistols before today (a G22 and a G30). 

First up I shot Dot Torture.  I scored 48/50 @ 3 yards.  That, I believe, is my best ever first run through Dot Torture with a new pistol.

Next I shot five Bill Drills (1 miss low, left).  Average time (no concealment):
  • Time to first shot:  2.58
  • Total time:  5.78
  • Split time:  0.57
I shot five Mozambique Drills.  Average time (no concealment):
  • Time to first shot:  2.23
  • Total time:  4.81
  • Split time:   1.94
1-1 Drill.  Fire 1, reload, fire 1 @ 3 yards.  Average time (no concealment):
  • Time to first shot:  2.32
  • Total time:  7.02
  • Split time:  4.70
I also shot 50 rounds working on trigger reset.  One thing I learned pretty quick is that my usual thumbs forward grip was causing me to hit the slide stop which was causing the pistol to fail to lock back on empty magazines.  At first I was worried it was an issue with the pistol, but a little thought and experimentation showed that if I used a thumbs high grip the problem disappeared.

I shot the FAST Drill, scoring 12.95.  I dropped one round just low, left outside the 8" circle.  I crawled through the first two shots.  I know I can do better, but I'm still not fast.

The last thing I did was to shoot two Bill Drills with Winchester 147 gr. JHP.  I used the timer, but I didn't record the times.  They fit in with the other times, and my grouping was what I expected it to be.  I'm going to try out the Winchester Ranger 127 gr. +P+ as soon as I can order some.  I've heard very good things about it, and it is about half the price of all the other self defense ammo I've seen in stores.

I'm surprised to say this, but so far I am very, very happy with the Glock.  I need to pick up an IWB holster for it, but it's lighter than my my 1911 even with 18 rounds in it.   

Friday, March 23, 2012

Robert's Picks


Contact With Chaos by Michael Z Williamson (good)

The Road to Serfdom by F.A. Hayek (very good)


The King's Speech

Sharpe's Battle

Sharpe's Sword

Sharpe's Regiment (good)

Cheeky (good)

Sharpe's Siege (good)

Oops! I drank the wrong Kool-Aid!

Glock 17 Gen 4

I decided about a year ago that I was going to buy a 9mm pistol of some persuasion due to the costs of .45 ACP ammo.  I went back and forth between the Glock 17 and the S&W M&P9.  I made the decision to go with the Glock 17 Gen 4 based on a couple issues I had with the M&P.  

First, the Glock has the better out of the box trigger setup.*  To get what I wanted in a trigger out of the M&P would have required purchase and installation of aftermarket parts.  They're not expensive, and it's easy to do, but it adds about $50 onto the price of the pistol which is already $50 more expensive than the Glock.  Which brings us to issue number two, which was that the Glock was less expensive.  It also came with three 17-round magazines, compared to the M&P's two.  That's another $30 dollars I saved right there.  

I put those savings into a Don Hume belt holster, a BLACKHAWK! universal double stack single mag holder, and 100 rounds of ammo.  

Hopefully I'll have an On The Range post up featuring the Glock 17 in the near future.


Thursday, March 22, 2012

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

A tribute to the fallen.

H/t OldNFO

Edited to add that according to Sean in comments it's fake. Fucking internet.

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Thoughts on the Zimmerman/Martin shooting.

The first thing about this I don't understand is what would possess Zimmerman to follow someone, after being advised* by a 911 operator to stop.  Since Zimmerman is wisely not giving any public statements we'll have to wait until this gets to court to find out.  Even playing Devil's Advocate and saying maybe he had reasonable suspicion that Martin had committed a crime he had no justification to confront him with force unless the crime was actually in progress, and even then using a cellphone to take pictures or video of the person you suspect makes a hell of a lot more sense than following him. 

Zimmerman following Martin was foolish, but I don't believe it was a crime, and it is really immaterial in my opinion.

What really matters, and what no one at this point but Zimmerman knows anything about is what happened after Zimmerman got out of his car.  There was a confrontation.  It got physical.  Zimmerman shot Martin.  Police arrived and Zimmerman claimed self-defense.  Zimmerman was not arrested.

Reading the text of the law Zimmerman had to be within these conditions:
A person who is not engaged in an unlawful activity and who is attacked in any other place where he or she has a right to be has no duty to retreat and has the right to stand his or her ground and meet force with force, including deadly force if he or she reasonably believes it is necessary to do so to prevent death or great bodily harm to himself or herself or another or to prevent the commission of a forcible felony 
Further, Zimmerman could have been arrested if the investigating officers had probable cause to believe Zimmerman had not acted within the above statute:
(2) A law enforcement agency may use standard procedures for investigating the use of force as described in subsection (1), but the agency may not arrest the person for using force unless it determines that there is probable cause that the force that was used was unlawful.
Here is a side by side of 'white' Zimmerman and Martin:

I see a grown man and a child.  It would appear that any disparity of force would be in Martin's favor, not Zimmerman's, and it would take such a disparity of force to justify lethal force against an unarmed person.  It would be hard for me to believe, going by the limited photographic evidence, that there wasn't probable cause that Zimmerman failed to act within the self defense statutes.  So what did the police find that the public isn't seeing?** 

Probable cause has never seemed like a very high threshold.  Maybe reality isn't what all those reruns of COPS has led me to believe it is in the case of that particular legal principle.

I have no evidence, but I've seen a few things that indicate the picture of Trayvon Martin that every media outlet is running with is not an actual portrayal of the young man who was killed.  That bothers me, and if true it should bother everyone else.

Something else that bothers me is that based on erroneous witness claims the media was running with the story that Martin had been shot twice when in fact only one round was discharged from the handgun, according to police.  I don't think that's made national news, though the family's claim that their son was shot and then while he was crying in pain was shot again, did.

What bothers me the most about this is that even if Zimmerman acted illegally people are rushing to conclude that he'll get away with it and that the law is to blame.  At most all the law is doing is delaying the time of the arrest.  Sure, it seems like bullshit if you're one of Martin's supporters, but don't we live in a society of innocent until proven guilty? 

Oh, right, the Casey Anthony case put the lie to that one. 

Further, assuming Zimmerman did in fact violate the law and is charged with a crime and does go to prison no anti-gun group or member of the media (but I repeat myself) will say, "Well, damn, I guess that law doesn't protect criminals after all."  What they will say is, "ZOMG!! PEOPLE WHO ARE ALLOWED TO CARRY GUNS WILL SHOOT EVERY BLACK KID THEY SEE WALKING DOWN THE STREET!!!" 

*Following someone walking down the street is, to the best of my knowledge, no more a crime than walking down the street.  Also, to the best of my knowledge 911 operators have no authority to issue orders to anyone.

**Notice how I don't jump to the conclusion that white cops are protecting a 'white' man for killing a black kid?

H/t Weer'd Beard and SayUncle

Friday, March 16, 2012

Quote of the Day: From the mouths of babes.

This comes from A Girl and Her Gun:
I have been subbing this week at my children's school. This morning I got ready and E(my 8 year old)asks me "where's your gun?". I tell her the law does not allow me to carry my gun into a school. "But what if a bad guy comes in?" "Who will stop him?" "A good guy, should be able to have a gun."

I thought, well she understands this and while I know she is very smart, I would think the folks who make the laws, in theory, should be smarter. They should be able to put the pieces together and come to the same conclusion.
Truly wonderful, the mind of a child is.

Bribing them with their own money.

New law aims to force states to restrict freedom to travel:
The proposal does not require these changes. Rather, it uses a carrot-and-stick approach by offering grants to states that comply early on and withholding highway funding to states that hold out. 

"This legislation will give young drivers better education and more experience before they get out on the roads, keeping us all safer and saving lives," Gillibrand said in a written statement. 

The proposal could run into objections from states' rights advocates, as well as lawmakers in rural states where the teenage driving laws tend to be less stringent.
I really like this part of the story:
Allstate, though, released a statement praising the bill and claiming it would save lives. 

"Car crashes are the leading cause of death for young drivers, and we have a real opportunity to enact legislation that can help make our roads safer," the national insurer said in the statement. "This is a bipartisan issue that affects American families across the country."
This is nothing more than the insurance industry trying to protect it's bottom line.  I generally don't have a problem with that unless you are using the power of the legislature to do it.

Of course, for the Democrat controlled Senate this is also a win.  It will make it harder for teenagers to work, making them more of economic burden are their parents, and thus making their parents more economically dependent on government largess.  Or it will make teens more likely to use largely inefficient and expensive public transport which requires huge tax burdens on the general population.  Oh, and lets not leave out the part that those states most likely to be hit hardest by this law also happen to be largely Republican. 

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Justice? Hardly.

Compare and contrast:

Piedmont Man Sentenced to Life in Meth Making Case.

Center Point man sentenced to 7 years in prison for bank robbery.

Talk about messed up priorities.

On The Range #62: CED 7000

I picked up 50 rounds of Federal 230gr. FMJ this morning so that I could try out my new CED 7000 shot timer.  Long story short, I really like it.

I shot all 50 rounds and the timer functioned flawlessly.  The factory sensitivity setting was just right.  The timer picked up every shot without picking up any extra noises as shots.  I had the Sure Fire shot timer app on my iPhone back in the day and it would occasionally miss shots or register extraneous noises as shots. 

The controls were as easy to manipulate as I thought they would be.  I mostly used the large START button on the top.  I found attaching the timer to a belt loop with the short lanyard that came with it worked well for keeping it both on my person and out of the way. 

Today I was mainly just shooting to both test the timer and to set some baselines for myself.  All of my shooting was done with an IWB holster concealed under a shirt.

I shot 5 Bill Drills with the following averages:
  • Time to first shot - 2.87
  • Total time - 6.77
  • Split time - 0.74
I also shot 3 Mozambique Drills* which averaged:
  • Time to first shot - 2.54
  • Total time - 5.02
  • Split time - 1.52
 I also shot the FAST Drill.  My score was 12.74 with a 1 second penalty for dropping a shot low left on the 8" circle.  I am not fast
: (

Of nine draws from concealment my average time to the first shot was 2.80 seconds.  My first goal is going to be to drop that average by 1/10th of a second.  I also want to be able to perform the Bill Drill in 6.5 seconds or less.

I have two target stands for right now.  I'm planning on putting together a third so I can also shoot the El Presidente Drill and other multiple target drills. 

*Some like it, some hate it, some insist on calling it a Failure Drill.  Whatever.  Multiple shots to the body (generally two, but no reason you can't do more), assess, a shot to the head if the threat is still there (or to the pelvis region if you want to change it up/aren't confident you can make a headshot).

Quote of the Day: Doing Something.

This one comes from Robb Allen:

 ...I don’t want to hear it any more from either side. You want to stop the government from doing things you don’t like, stop giving them the power to do it. Sure, life would be all peaches and unicorns if we could stop the gays from marrying / provide free medical care / send every child to Disney World / ad nauseam, ad infinitum. But if you truly believe in something, then get out there and do it yourself. Stop believing that simply walking into a voting booth once every few years and punching the X for “your team” is all that’s required to get shit done. Because each time you tell a misrepresentative that yes, you would like them to be able to control the other side, eventually that other side gets their turn on The Levers of Making You Do Shit.

Yep, what he said.  RTWT

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

So, the SecDef isn't safe around armed Marines.

United States Marines can't be trusted.  At least that's what this makes it look like. 

What a stupid fucking move.

I don't particularly feel comfortable questioning a military commander in a combat zone, but what the fuck, dude?! Do you really think it is more important to protect the self esteem of foreign troops than it is the protect the morale of your own?  Do you really think it's a good idea to publicly make it look like you may not trust your own Marines? 

I mean, really?!!  You shit on United States Marines, call their honor into question, because you don't want untrustworthy, backstabbing 'allies' to feel like they aren't trusted?

I said a while back that I didn't thing we as a nation deserved the men and women willing to fight and die for use any more.  This just reenforces that for me.
Major General Mark Gurganus later said he gave the order because Afghan troops attending the talk were unarmed and he wanted the policy to be consistent for all.
So show the world that you don't trust your own troops.  That will inspire fear in the enemy.

H/t OldNFO

Quote of the Day: Turnabout is fair play.

In response to Dr. Drew Pinsky saying an erotic novel geared toward women is rape fantasy, Jessica Wakeman of The Frisky had this to say:
“He and every other man should not be telling women what arousal is acceptable and what is not. That's pretty irresponsible. No one should be concerned about a consensual relationship between a submissive and a dominant. The realm of fantasy is just that — fantasy.

“In this book,” Wakeman continued, “the protagonist may be naive and young, but those qualities alone don't mean she isn't following her sexual desires in the bedroom. BDSM relationships could not be farther from domestic and sexual abuse: people who practice it follow the rules that everything they do will be safe, sane and consensual."
I completely, 100% agree with her.


I cannot remember a time in my life when women weren't telling me that my sexual fantasies were unacceptable, demeaning, wrong, disrespectful, or disgusting.  And that's fine. Everyone is entitled to their opinions.  But if you want men to lay off your fantasies, I also encourage you to ask women to lay off of men's fantasies.

No one should be telling anyone what arousal is acceptable when it is between consenting adults. 

I'll probably pick up a copy of this book.  It sounds like it's right up my alley.  Somehow I doubt it will touch Jacqueline Carey's Kushiel series.

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

CED7000 Shot Timer: First Impressions.

It's so tiny!

My CED7000 shot timer was delivered today.  Overall impression?  I like it.  It's simple to use, has a loud buzzer, and easy to manipulate controls.

I'm really looking forward to getting some time on the range with it.  That may happen this Thursday or Friday if I can spare the cash for a box of 50 rounds of .45 Auto.

There is one thing that would make this a bit nicer, though.  Some sort of clip to attach it to a pocket or belt would be nice.

That's all for now.  Maybe more later.

Voted Wookiee.

I opined today on Facebook that it would be nice if rather than casting a vote for a candidate we could cast a mathematically negative vote against a particular candidate.

Anyway, since that wasn't an option I voted for Paul in the hopes that whatever meager percentage he gets here in a Alabama will be seen as a rejection of "the party."

Given that most Alabamians have a sick need to tell other people what to do (especially in the bedroom) I figure the state will go to Santorum.  I find it amusing that all those snide Southern Baptists are throwing their lot in with the fucking papist, but what do you expect from a bunch of people who will argue with you until they are red in the face that the Grand Canyon can't possibly be millions of years old since the Earth has only been around for 6 or 7 thousand years?

Anyway, I also voted for the challenger to my current Congress critter.  The current guy has run unopposed in every election (barring primaries) since I have been able to vote.  I've been wanting to pry his RINO, insider trading ass out of that seat for as long as I've been aware of him.  Maybe this will be the year, but I'm not all that hopeful. 

Friday, March 9, 2012

It's about time.

Time that I bought a shot timer.  I ordered this one today

CED 7000

I've read good things, and I'm really looking forward to being able to keep up with my time again.  Hopefully in May I'll be shooting IDPA and I'd like to get a little practice in with a timer before then.

Joined the SAF.

I finally got around to joining the Second Amendment Foundation this morning.  I also made a small donation.

If you're not a member, please join.  These guys are the spearhead for the fight for the Second Amendment, the ones who have gone to the Supreme Court of the United States not once, but twice, to claim victory over those who would deprive us of our rights.  So join up or make a donation (it's tax deductible!).

Thursday, March 8, 2012

I need an ambi safety for the AR.

I'm right handed and left eye dominant.  As such I'm a bit of an oddity.  I shoot pistols right handed with my head cocked at a funny angle, and I shoot my long guns left handed. 

Long guns hate lefties.  I think that's why I've always been more of a pistol guy. 

Anyway, I want to put an ambi safety on my AR so that I can operate it without having to break my grip.  I've worked out how I do mag changes, and with time and practice I don't think that will be a issue, but the safety is definitely an awkwardness that needs to be dealt with. 

Anyone have any suggestions?

I'd also be perfectly fine with just a lefty only safety.  I don't particularly need it for right handed work, but it would be nice for transition shooting or if I want to let someone else shoot. 

Self-defense isn't about preparing for the most likely scenario.

It is highly unlikely that any individual will ever find them self in a situation where they will need to use lethal force in self defense.  So why carry a gun?

You carry a gun because it is easier to carry it and not need it than it is to need it and not have it.

Further, you'll probably be fine with with a small caliber pistol or revolver and you'll probably never need a reload.

But we've already established that probably isn't good enough, haven't we?

A handgun is a compromise of convenience and social acceptance, a tool for combating a "sudden and unexpected attack" as Jeff Cooper put it.  If you know ahead of time that you have no choice but to be in a gunfight you don't take a handgun, you take a long gun.

So, for me, understanding that even the most powerful pistol I can manage is just a compromise forced on me by practicality and social mores then I'm going to carry as much pistol as I can.  Right now that's a full size 1911 in .45 ACP with two spare magazines.

I don't carry this because I know what I'm going to need.  I don't carry this because I think I'll probably need it.  I carry it because for me it's the best compromise if I'm ever faced with a highly unlikely but potentially life threatening situation.

I can't always carry a full size handgun.  That leaves me doing a lot of off body carry which has me looking long and hard at the Ruger LCP and similar guns.  I understand the concept, and something is always better than nothing when it comes to self defense.  I just prefer more to less, so much so that I'll probably be upgrading from the 1911 to a plastic fantastic 9mm with a 17 round capacity.

Paraphrasing Clint Smith, a gun is supposed to be comforting, not comfortable.  I'm going to carry as much gun as I can with a reasonable amount of comfort* and hassle**.

*'reasonable amount of comfort' being comfortable enough that I'll do it vs. not doing it

**If it were legally and socially acceptable I would never be without a long gun near by or a handgun on my person.

Tuesday, March 6, 2012


Guns aren't allowed in schools:

Updated at 6:21 p.m. ET: JACKSONVILLE, Fla.  -- The head of a private high school was shot and killed Tuesday afternoon by a teacher who had been fired earlier in the day, NBC News reported.

Police said a man came onto campus of Episcopal School of Jacksonville with an AK-47 in a guitar case, went to the administrative office, shot the head of the school several times, and then killed himself, according to WJXT-TV in Jacksonville, Fla.
It should be obvious to anyone who knows anything about guns that this was probably not an actual AK-47.  There there is this:

 Witnesses said they heard seven or eight shots fired in or near the administrative office.

Kind of makes calls for a return of the Guns That Look Scary Assault Weapons ban would have kind of been pointless.  That damn thing wouldn't have been less deadly with a ten round magazine or any of the other silly as features.

It is pathetically sad that the only people stopped from carrying guns into gun free zones are those who would obey the law, and that those who intend harm waltz right into a place where everyone else is banned from any effective means of self defense.

Monday, March 5, 2012

Alan Gura wins again.

This time in Maryland.

As with everyone else, I love this statement from the ruling:

A citizen may not be required to offer a ―good and substantial reason‖ why he should be permitted to exercise his rights. The right‘s existence is all the reason he needs.

Saturday, March 3, 2012

Did I mention I had a warrant for my arrest?

This past New Year's Eve I was ticketed for operating a vehicle with an expired tag.  Since it was a company vehicle and I'd been asking for the new sticker for a few weeks I turned it in to the office and didn't think twice about it.

Fast forward to Thursday afternoon.  I walk down to my mailbox after doing a little shooting to see what nonsense the mailman has dropped off.  I see a letter from the Alabama Department of Safety.  First thought is, "This can't be good."  I open it up and it says my license has been suspended pursuant to a failure to appear in Small Town, AL, the little nothing town where I was ticketed.

The first thing I did was to call the little nothing town to confirm that this was regarding to the only offense I was aware of and that my company had not paid the ticket.  "No, wasn't paid.  I've got a warrant for you right here.  $100 will make that go away, but you can't get your license until you pay the fine, and you can't do that until your next court date."

At this point I'm, well, more than slightly miffed.  I call my office and my boss tries to play it off like it's no big deal.  I repeated, "I have warrant for a failure to appear.  I have no valid driver's license.  "I CAN'T WORK AND I'M SUBJECT TO ARREST."  At this point he said he'd kick it upstairs and have corporate contact me.

Within the hour the guy who writes the checks for those sorts of things calls.  He remembered paying the ticket.  He said he was looking for the proof and would get back to me as soon as he had it.

He found it and emailed me a copy of the cashed check (paid on January 11th).  He told me to hang onto that and that he was getting in touch with the city clerk in small town.

He called me back again, let me know I had a new email with a letter from the city clerk saying the suspension of my license was done in error and also the warrant went away.  She also, according to him, profusely apologized.

Well, thanks lady.  I appreciate it.  However, "I'm sorry" just isn't good enough for issuing the paperwork that would have made subject to an assault and kidnapping by any jackass with a government permission slip.

One little bureaucratic fuck up could have had me cuffed, dragged from wherever I happened to be, and thrown in a cell FOR NOTHING.

And I'm sure the person who made the error will face no punishment, and even if I have a legal recourse pursuing it would probably be more trouble than it's worth.

Can you honestly tell me I deserved all that because some twit made a record keeping error?  No, I wasn't arrested or thrown in jail.  But that was just luck on my part, not benevolence on their part.

It was an expired tag, for crying out loud!  It should ding my credit, not make me subject to the same treatment as a violent felon!  

Friday, March 2, 2012


I find it highly amusing that at the same time people are working on convincing themselves that they'll have to support the Democrat In Republican's clothing or former Senator Nehemiah Scudder...I mean Rick Santorum!....they are also pointing out how much lefties hate Obama for not being left enough.

As if Democrat Party apparatchiks aren't beating the same 'anyone but him!' drums that Republicans are in regards to Obama. 

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Sex crazed female law students!

Or how those on the right can be dicks just like the left!

Just to get it out of the way, I don't think anyone should be forced to provide anything to anyone unless they have a contractual obligation to do so.

So, there is a video being linked about (I found the link at Borepatch's) of a woman testifying before Congress regarding this whole contraceptive kerfuffle.  The commentary would indicate that she got up there and said, "Like, we're horny and want to bone with no consequences so pay for our shit already!"  If you actually bother to watch the video you see that her statements are far from that.

Yes, she does point that it puts a huge financial burden on female students to have to pay out of pocket .*  She also points out that students pay for the insurance with no subsidy from Georgetown (the school she attends and draws her examples from).**  She also points out that the bill she is testifying against has no exception for the medical necessity outside of prevention of birth.***

That part bothers me.  Georgetown has a policy that allows this exception, but in the example she uses the necessity was denied (university claimed her gay friend wanted the exception to prevent pregnancy, not for a legitimate medical need), severe medical consequences ensued, and the insurance provider probably ended up paying out more than they would have if they'd have paid the woman's contraceptive costs for the next decade (unlikely though they would have had too...Georgetown graduates usually get good jobs).

The video is here.  For some reason it won't embed properly. 

Watch it.  Watch the whole thing.  She at the very least has me convinced on the exception part.  Yes, that exception can and will be abused, but such abuse is fraud on the insured's part and malpractice on the doctor's part.  We have laws against those things. 

*I'm not sympathetic.  My best friend and his wife managed to do the same on less than $25/hr. combined income for many years because she works for a catholic hospital.

**If this is true then I'm confused why Georgetown would have an issue with the insurance covering contraception.

***I bet the insurance covers the removal of ovaries and testes in the case of cancer or other medical maladies.  Guess what removing those organs prevents?  You can't make the argument that a lesbian wanting contraception to prevent the growth of tumors on her ovaries wants the drugs so she won't get knocked up.

Bias, perhaps.

Why isn't this story all over my tv?

One teenage student was killed and another seriously wounded after a stabbing in a Chicago school Thursday morning.
The two teens were stabbed at around 7:30am local time at an alternative school on the city's south side, the Chicago Tribune reported.
Their alleged attacker, also a student at the school, has been arrested, authorities told the paper.

Where is the wailing and gnashing of teeth about the dangers easily obtainable knives pose to our children?  Where is outraged knife control group calling out the evil knife lobby?  Where are all the blog posts from outraged knife owning parents telling us how irresponsible this child's parents were for daring to leave knives easily accessible in the home?

On The Range #61

It having been far too long since I pulled the trigger and it also being a beautiful day outside I did a little shooting today.  I had 100 rounds of TulAmmo .45 ACP and a magazine of .223 I could spare.

I did a little of everything with the pistol.  I did a little point shooting at close range.  Did some shooting at distance.  Basically I can still hit what I aim at.

I also shot Dot Torture.  That did not go well. I scored 28/50.  I don't know where that came from considering how well I was shooting up to that point.

Steel, as opposed to brass, in air.

After I finished sucking at Dot Torture I shot a magazine through my AR.  I wish I had a few thousand rounds of .223 to go through, because damn that gun is fun!

All tacticooled up and nowhere to go.

Today was the first time I shot this particular AR with a Magpul AFG.  I like it a lot.  Shooting is just a hell of a lot more comfortable with one of the damned things. 

I only had one problem today and that was with the 1911.  I inserted a reload and something went wrong.  The slide started to release and then locked.  I couldn't drop the magazine and I couldn't get the slide to operate manually.  I was finally able to get it to break free with significant force on the slide release and then operate the slide manually.  I'm not sure what caused this, but it sucked.  I do know how to fix it though. 

While I was shooting I did a lot of thinking about how I operate safeties and how I think they should be used.  That will probably be a post soon.

Andrew Breitbart dead at 43.

I have to admit I'm with JayG. That said, chances are pretty good the guy had a massive heart attack that was a result of long standing health issues.

Woke up early.

I'm off work today. I went to bed around 8:30 last night and work up around 7 this morning. I got up, saw the sun was shining, and decided I needed to do some cleanup outside. I had a large tree branch that was cut up but needed to be dragged over to the burn pile. I also had a bunch of cardboard boxes to get rid of as well, and some scrap metal that needed to be neatly piled up until I can get someone to haul it off.

Now it's time for breakfast, and I just happen to have the everything I need for a good one of bacon, eggs, and hash browns.

I'm not sure what is in store for the rest of the day. I'm hoping to get in a little shooting later this afternoon.

Tomorrow morning I'm going to try to catch a matinee of Act of Valor.