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Saturday, October 31, 2009

Happy Halloween

Be careful out there tonight!


Cooper QotD

That piece I reported about a restaurant owner in Marysville, Indiana who smoked a goblin with a cylinder−full of 357s without result, has been criticized by a couple of correspondents as being unbelievable. Interestingly enough, my friend just called the other night to ask me some more questions about the kind of weapon he should use to protect his establishment. I told him that people had been expressing doubts about his story and he said that all they had to do was to check with the records of the Marysville Police Department. Among other things, his story was so bizarre that I couldn't possibly have invented it myself − nor could he. - Jeff Cooper

Taxes, taxes, and more taxes

Americans for Tax Reform has looked at the 'new' house version health care payment by someone else reform bill (HR 3962, still over 1950 pgs) and found ..... wait for it .... more and more taxes, and not just on the 'wealthy'.

Read the whole list ..... and then the comments.

I'll pull just one comment from the article:
We have 14 employees in our business with a payroll of about $500,000. The cost of providing insurance for all of them is about $51,000 a year. If we opt not to insure them we would pay an excise tax of 2% of $500,000. In other words $10,000. We could save $41,000 by not insuring them. We won't do that to our employees but there are plenty that will and who knows about us if things get really tight. So off they go to the "public option". "If you are happy with your insurance right now you can keep it ..." yeah, right, provided your employer doesn't dump you into the public option.
>> Rob Thursday, October 29, 2009 8:22 PM
And that's the point .... getting us off private insurance and on the government is the ultimate goal.

I'm not sure we'll make it .... h/t protein wisdom.


Fudged numbers

Stolen from Ace (since I can't achieve his level of analysis), this piece on just how fucked up Obama's stimulus numbers are:

So, if a factory gets $5000, and divides that, $50 a worker, among 100 workers, you know how many jobs were "saved or created" according to Obama?

100. Even though $5000 obviously doesn't cover a single part-time salary, let alone 100 full-time salaries.

If a factory gets $5000, and divides that, $1 a worker, among 5000 workers, Obama's rules say 5000 jobs were saved or created.

And note that in neither case does the employee have to be a new one. It could be a guy working there for 30 years, whom the company would never even consider firing. Per the rules, if he gets 50 bucks, or even a single dollar, his job was right there "saved" by Bonny Prince Barack.

How's that for creative accounting ..... and with only a few hundred billion of your dollars.

Dear God, 2012 can't come soon enough.


Interesting hypothesis

Patrick Raffini, writing at The Next Right, has an interesting idea on how we can get more conservatives into congress:
Brainstorm: what if Republicans were to withdraw from a series of hot Congressional races and run as conservative independents a la #ny23?
Hmmmm ...... this may be a good idea. Read the whole thing, especially his point about the general disgust at both major parties.

One thing's for sure ..... if either party tries this, it will only work one time. That is, until the public finds out you weren't really conservative.

h/t Hot Air headlines.


Friday, October 30, 2009

Cooper QotD

In connection with the numerous incidents with American deer over the past year, we note that one Mr. Popeye Golossi was recently run over by a herd of kudu not far from Port Elizabeth, suffering bruised ribs, bruises to face and head and some loose teeth. The press first suggested that he was attacked, but kudu do not attack people. These were simply trying to get from point A to point B in a hurry and found Popeye in the way. - Jeff Cooper

I agree ....

Uncle says this is the coolest thing you'll see all day.

I agree!Link

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Assault rifles weapons

My latest contribution to Sebastian's blog here, concerning this pile of weapons-grade stoopid:

It's enough to cause massive face palming.


Respect ...

Maybe he'll get a little, now that things are real for him.

h/t Darleen


Cooper QotD

The heroic recitation held at the sconce at the time of the last GAS was such a great success that I am now looking for a method of repeating it. In order to see if this is indeed a good idea, I would much appreciate your interest in the proposition. As of now, I think that Theodore Roosevelt's birthday would be the appropriate occasion and I would be glad to set up a time and place if the faithful want to participate. Let me know! - Jeff Cooper


Violent crime up 89% in the UK? Unpossible!

But, but, I thought gun control would help?!



Darleen at Protein Wisdom has this blurb about a Governator veto, one that has some 'special' meaning.

Go. Read. Enjoy the hard corps snark!


Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Cooper QotD

The following illuminating epistle was prepared by one Raymond Bonner and passed along to us by George Mandes. You might keep it at the ready for any situation when you may run into a hunter−hater:
"From a conservation perspective it can be argued that hunting should be promoted over tourism. While researching a book on conservation in Africa, I discovered that ecologically tourists do more damage than hunters, and not because there are so many more of the camera clickers. They speed across the plains in their minivans tearing up the grass, creating dust bowls and cutting ugly ruts. Then they surround a lion pride or rhino, reducing the animals to fright, boredom or what sometimes seems like tears. In effect, man−as−tourist is taking the "wild" out of the wildlife of Africa."
- Jeff Cooper

Wow .......

Kevin has the quote and the link ...... go and read:
I’ve got a girl here, born in the US, schooled here to 13 years in this system, ready to receive a diploma from this system. I give her a test on college level material, and she does so poorly THE COMPUTER ASSUMES SHE MUST NOT SPEAK ENGLISH!

Like I said ...... wow.

Media malfeasance?


Uncle has the link:
Federal investigative documents obtained by News 8 have revealed the details behind extensive gun smuggling from the Dallas-Fort Worth area to drug gangs in Mexico.

Interesting how this fits with the anti-gun narrative. But I'm told that the video at the link has information that's not in the print version, namely that it was gun show employees who alerted the Feds. Also note that there's no mention of whether the sales themselves were illegal.

I'm also wondering about the apparent lack of urgency:

A confidential informant inside the operation told investigators told of one single man hauling 30 to 50 firearms to Mexico every week for months.

Well, do they want to stop the flow of firearms or not.

Seems to me that firearms peeps are doing their part; it'd be nice to see it recognized.


Interesting .....

Via Say Uncle, this article about the relative need for high-capacity mags:
Police in Cumberland County are looking into a home invasion involving as many as 16 people.
Wow. This is one of the first examples where I would rather have an AR-platform or RFB rifle instead of a handgun.

So here you have your justification for high-capacity mags ..... make a note. And remember, it's better to have 'em and not need 'em than to need 'em and not have 'em!


Tuesday, October 27, 2009

My latest contribution

In the great open carry debate .....


Cooper QotD

Last year I received a most interesting letter from an Irish mercenary in Croatia discussing the situation in that land. He said he found the work fascinating, the country beautiful, and the people charming. He noted that while the English language was not common amongst the men, all the girls he met seemed quite fluent. Mostly, of course, these were militia−types. He could not give me a return address because he naturally did not know where he would be, but just this last week I got another letter from him in Ireland, whither he hadgone at the expiration of his contract. The soldier home from the wars clearly wanted a bit of rest and recreation in his green and pleasant homeland, but it was not to be. He discovered at once that one cannot breath free In the UK nor in Ireland. In effect, personal weapons are outlawed and a man who is any sort of a man cannot live without his personal weapons. After going the rounds at great length attempting to obtain a 6mm rifle for deer stalking, our correspondent has about given up. He intends now to emigrate to Israel. The situation in Israel may not be of the best − especially for a goy, but at least in Israel one is permitted and encouraged to fight back. Israel may be a lock−step theocracy where one must speak Hebrew, but at least one is permitted to fight back and that, in the last analysis, is the absolute measure of liberty.

Certainly we live in "interesting times." - Jeff Cooper

Good report

Caleb appears to have had a bit of trouble the other day:
As I was leaving my office, said altar boy came around the corner of my building to the left into the side parking lot, and as I turned to face him noticed the knife in his right hand.
Yup, someone tried to mug Caleb, and since he's an accomplished pistol suthooter (Steel Challenge Revolver Division champ) he came through all right. I'll even let the .25 auto slide, since any gun is better than no gun.

But we know it was the coffee ...... I wonder what would have happened if he'd been OC?



From the Ace of Spades headlines, this article about the British pursuit of biofuels:
Britain's self-sufficiency in wheat will end next year because a giant new biofuel refinery needs so much of the staple crop that home-grown supplies will be exhausted.
Imagine that.


He's finally tied Bush

Found this Politico article (via Hot Air) about something that Obama's as good as Bush about:
Today - Obama ties Pres. Bush in the number of rounds of golf played in office: 24.
Wow. Will we hear the great wailing and gnashing of teeth from the left that we heard from the left during the Bush years?

Somehow, I don't think so.


Monday, October 26, 2009

Cooper QotD

"The government and Its lap−dogs in the media are naturally focusing everyone's attention on David Koresh. That is a red herring. The attention should be focused on the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, as well as on the Federal Bureau of Investigation." Charley Reese, from the Conservative Chronicle.
-Jeff Cooper


From Hot Air comes a link to this blog post about how stupid ingratious Obama is:
Obama has had his hands on this plan for a full year now, and he's done virtually nothing except play politics.

I'd resign ..... if it were me.


Sunday, October 25, 2009

Cooper QotD

A while back I queried the family about the origin of that quotation, "I speak of Africa and golden joys," with which Theodore Roosevelt opens his classic work on African hunting. It was gratifying to receive a whole sock−full of answers from readers of these pages. It turns out that line comes from Henry IV by Shakespeare and is attributed to one "Ancient Pistol." Curiously, the statement has nothing to do with the "golden joys" that Roosevelt was talking about, but TR certainly picked the right statement for the right place. - Jeff Cooper

New show .....

Why is television suddenly starting to get good?

I mean, they canceled Firefly just when they had a good plot line going. Then there is Lost ..... FlashForward ....... and now ...........

I'll admit I dvr'ed through the first ads, but then I thought I saw Morena Baccarin. I did ..... I was hooked. Then when the wife saw Morena with her slick (oh, so very slick!) hair and commented 'She looks hot', that's when I knew it would be on the schedule.



From Ace of Spades, this post on how the Copenhagen suck-all-the-money-out-of-your-economy global warming climate control change conference probably won't amount to much, if anything (we can only hope). Seems India and China have, uh, misgivings:
Having had more recent experience in that condition, they understand how living in a less-industrialized state is major suckage and misery.

'Nuff said.


energy density

Saw this on Ace's headlines space (on the left-hand side). It's an essay which explains energy production in terms of the physics, and using fairly small words. It's a technical explaination of things that are intuitive to thinking adults.

I've toyed with the idea of renewable energy, mainly for self-sufficiency reasons, and I can tell you right now that even with government subsidies, it's not anywhere close to being ready for prime time (let alone serving any large-scale power needs).

For example, I live on top of a mountain, and the wind blows fairly strong up here (though not at all 'all the time') when it blows, so you'd think that a wind turbine would be ideal. I looked at my power bill, figured out what my average monthly usage was, and priced a turbine to meet that need. The result?

$80,000 just for the turbine! That doesn't include the monster pole to put it on, nor the installation. How long do you think the warranty is on such a high dollar piece of gear?

5 years .......... 5 years!

At my current electric rate, I won't live long enough to recover the cost of the turbine, that's if it never fails and if the wind blows 24/7!

Yeah, I like the idea of renewable energy ........ for my money, give me a personal nuclear reactor any day!


Saturday, October 24, 2009

Cooper QotD

[This is the 300 Whisper round - didn't know it had been around this long! pm]

J.D. Jones, the prominent advocate of pistol hunting, dropped by the other day to show us a most curious ballistic development. He has taken the 223 case, blown it out to 30 caliber and installed a match bullet inside which takes up practically the entire case. A pinch of the proper powder pushes this bullet out the muzzle at subsonic velocities, thus permitting silent fire. There have been similar endeavors in the past, one of which I developed myself, but this one is unusual in that it is adapted to the M16 rifle, hence the finished cartridge
will work through the magazine system of the M16. J.D. assures me that when the piece is fitted with the proper noise suppresser, a full magazine of 30 rounds may be sprayed out the muzzle, with good short range efficiency in dead silence. I am not clear about the tactical niche of silent full auto fire, but there it is, if you want it. It sounds like the sort of thing the BATmen would be Interested in. - Jeff Cooper

Compensating ..... heh

Say Uncle links to a post on John Lott's blog site, which has this account of a righteous shoot:
She fired one shot at the robber, who staggered from the room, collapsed in the parking lot and died.

Uncle says she's compensating for the size of her penis ...... she may be, but she's certainly got the balls!


NSSF: Dont lie for the other guy

The National Shooting Sports Foundation has a new video up:

Now, I appreciate the principals in the firearms industry being pro-active about keeping firearms out of the hands of criminals, I really do. But I think that a lot of this pro-activity is an attempt to mitigate the negative stereotype of American firearm owners. My thoughts on the subject are too numerous for this post right now ..... let's just say that firearm owners and FFL's have been put in the position of proving negatives.


Supply and demand

Protein Wisdom links a WaPo story about the fact that not all of those highly-paid bank executives have stuck around:
Many executives were driven away by the uncertainty of working for companies closely overseen by Washington, opting instead for firms not under the microscope, including competitors that have already returned the bailout funds to the government, according to executives and supervisors at the companies.

Supply and demand ...... it works even when you don't want it to.

I really hope Peter Schiff wins in Connecticut ...... it would do the Senate good to have someone who knows what the fuck he's doing on economics.


More AGW crap

From WND, comes his report about an ad campaign across the pond:
The first tasteless ad features a girl watching a cartoon dog drown, engulfed by a flood - with the advice that only by reducing "everyday things like keeping houses warm and driving cars" can we avert a watery fate for our pets, our children's pets, and our children's pets' children:

What I found most offensive was the doting father, happily filling his daughters' head with this shit.

But read on ...... it correctly states that the weather refuses to comply with the AGW models: garbage in, garbage out.

Buncha scaredy-cats

WND has this report on an elected official who's scared of one of her constituents:
Each time City Hall critic John Methvin attends a City Council meeting, he’ll be screened for weapons by a police officer using a metal detector.

All because he told a staffer if the official didn't meet with him (which is in dispute) he'd come with 'guns loaded'.

I don't think that in my 48 years on this earth that I've ever said 'guns loaded' or 'loaded for bear' or 'come out with guns blazing', or maybe 'right on target'.

Remember, democracy ensures that we get the government we deserve.


Friday, October 23, 2009

Open carry disussed on VC

I haven't heard it yet, but I'm sure it'll be right on target.


Talk about ear worms!

Saw this on a buddy's Facebook page:



Cooper QotD

There appears to be a movement afoot now in Southern California to drive the regulators wild by observing the speed limit. When Tina VanCuren was passed on the freeway in her Alfa Romeo by a Yugo, she decided the time had come and organized the National Civil Obedience Day. There may be some merit In this sort of action, but there certainly is a danger of being rammed from behind if you drive less than about 70 on the freeways of the LA basin. - Jeff Cooper

Virginia NRA ads

I'm not real big on the NRA, but I saw this over at Sebastian's site and thought it was funny:


Enforce the 10th, or repeal the 17th?

WND has this interesting report on the efforts of at least one state to rein in the federal government:
"The national government has become a complex system of programs whose purposes lie outside of the responsibilities of the enumerated powers and of securing our natural rights; programs that benefit some while others must pay,"

I applaud the sentiment, but I believe the effort's misplaced.

As originally intended, the constitution set three branches of goverment, designed to be checks and balances against one another (even within the legislative branch). The representatives were to be directly elected (to represent the people), with the senators to be chosen by the state legislatures to represent the interests of the states (to prevent such tripe as unfunded mandates). As usual, humans involved in any governmental scheme will abuse the power, once they figure out how to game the system ..... and they did. A civil war and the subsequent re-unification didn't help things a bit.

So the 17th amendment was passed, ostensibly to remove the selection of senators from the corrupt state legislatures, and placed it in the hands of the people (who never, ever are corrupt!). So what happened?

People found out that you could take from Peter to pay Paul. And we lived happily ever after ..... except we really haven't.

So now there are moves afoot to assert states' rights under the 10th amendment. It's my opinion that states should go a little further, and start a movement to repeal the 17th.


NY-23 update ...

Seems like the fat lady is warming up. Ace has this post detailing the mountain of support that is turning into a crater, and adds to the chorus of conservatives calling for Scozzafava to withdraw.

Now, why would a Republican who's not only more left than the constituency, but more left than the Democrat; who challenged her opponent to debates at his headquarters (with the predictable PR debacle); and whose husband called the police after a reporter (with impeccable credentials, btw) questioned her about her stand on the issues (note to Dede - that's what reporters do) withdraw from a political race?! That's just crazy talk!

I haven't seen the poll numbers recently, but the GOP needs to take a look at the bigger picture. If they don't encourage Ms Scozzafava to withdraw, the Democrat will win (maybe). The best thing that can happen is a Dem win; the worst is for Hoffman to beat both opponents in a three-way race and have the GOP repudiated in a safely red district.

No matter what happens, the GOP county chairmen who picked this bimbo should throw themselves on their swords and resign immediately after the election. It's past time that the rank-and-file took the party back.


Thursday, October 22, 2009

Cooper QotD

You may recall I reported a few issues ago on the activities of the "Mad Bambiist" who has apparently been roaming the woods of the Mid−West murdering hunters and fishermen. One Thomas Lee Dillon has now been apprehended and indicted in Noble County, Ohio. Police suspect he may have slain as many as ten outdoorsmen in Ohio, Indiana and Michigan. That will be an interesting case to follow. - Jeff Cooper

Switzerland and its military weapons

From Mike at Sipsey Street, comes a link to a brief video about the Swiss tradition of military service.

Go. Watch. Repeat.


Ok, Republicans may not be idiots, but they're not that smart

So the special election in NY district 23 is heating up. Dede Scozzafava (RINO) is running against Bill Owens (D) for the seat. Scozzafava has been endorsed by the NRCC and the GOP elite, but they've ignored the actual conservative in the race, Doug Hoffman.

There are many op-eds and strategems afloat about the tactical mistake this is, Mark Steyn has but one:
...Washington doesn't need another incoherent buffoon insulated by a phalanx of thin-skinned twerps already guarding her like a 30-year incumbent for whom routine questions are an outrageous form of lèse-majesté. By any reasonable measure, this candidate is unworthy of a seat in the national legislature.
And all of this drama in a safe Republican district.

Yet another reason why I don't enthusiastically support the Republican party any more.

UPDATED: Ace of Spades also quoted this interview with a Republican party county chair:
Joseph adamantly refused to call for Scozzafava to withdraw from the race. "That would just be affirming Conservative Party Chariman Mike Long's position. What are we going to do? Let him tell us who we should nominate?"

Might not be such a bad idea, considering how badly you've fucked it up on your own.


I completely missed this

John Stossel sends us this missive via WND:

Few scholars actually venture into the field to see what people actually do when faced with free-rider problems. Ostrom did. It turns out that free people are not as helpless as the theorists believed.

I'll admit that I don't pay much attention to the Nobel prize winners, since most of the recent ones are demonstrable idiots (i.e. Paul Krugman, Jimmy Carter, Barack Obama). And the only news sources I saw showed this woman in a very feminist light (which I tune out).

But Stossel goes into her research and finds that she's really a pretty good egg, and her work showed that the gub'mint isn't always the answer (almost never?).

Imagine ...... free people working things out on their own.


Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Cooper QotD

According to Health Magazine the most popular assault weapon in the United Kingdom is the beer glass. Naturally, there is now a move afoot in Britain for "beer glass control." - Jeff Cooper

No, its not legalization ... but

From many sources, the news that the Obama administration will not waste effort in trying to apprehend individuals for medical marijuana possession in states which allow it. Vox Day has the best take on it that I can see.

I've learned who to look to for certain things, and who to avoid. For example, Hot Air commenters tend to be more 'Republican', law-and-order types (no matter if the particular law is dumb or not); Ace of Spades commenters tend to be more libertarian. I've tended more toward anarchy than anything lately, simply because I just want to be left alone.

Oh yeah, back to pot. I've privately (to my wife) indicated that what will start the ball rolling on drug legalization is for some sheriff somewhere to run on a platform that includes not arresting citizens for simple possesion of marijuana. Of course, I never thought that the DoJ would be tha first sheriff, but as Vox said, credit where it's due.

Here's an interesting quote from G.K. Chesterton:
"The truth is, of course, that the curtness of the Ten Commandments is an evidence, not of the gloom and narrowness of a religion, but, on the contrary, of its liberality and humanity. It is shorter to state the things forbidden than the things permitted: precisely because most things are permitted, and only a few things are forbidden."
Why is marijuana illegal in the first place, when it was legal up until the late 1930's? Is the damage done by illegal marijuana any greater than that done by drunkeness from legal alcohol? What about tobacco smoke? What about prescription drug abuse?

Fact is, very little to nothing should be illegal, except acts that deprive another of life or property (basically what the 10 commandments proscribe). Curtness, indeed.

This country was founded by individuals who only desired to be free. They wanted freedom.

More laws = less freedom.

Why can't anyone understand that?


Actually, I don't check stories either

Several big name news sources were bamboozled pwned this week by an activist group known as The Yes Men. What did they do?

They just circulated a memo that stated the US Chamber of Commerce was in favor of cap-and-trade legislation.

You think they'd have checked that out!


Reaching ...

Rick Sanchez (the drunken manslaughtering CNN anchor) gets a little taste of how things really are, from someone who understands to whom he's accountable.


h/t WND

Hee hee ...

From Mike at SSI's comes this post about the indisputability of the scientific method.

Good to know that our appointed officials are consulting someone, you know, smart.


Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Cooper QotD

Note that in Israel today the Israeli region of IPSC prescribes the training necessary for the acquisition of a pistol permit. - Jeff Cooper

What about this?

The Sanity Inspector at Protein Wisdom has this gem:
State Senator ALEX MOONEY (Republican, Maryland): My view was since we have hate crimes as part of law, it only makes sense to look at truly vulnerable groups to include, not just to include groups that have clout, you know, in one of the political parties. And it's my view, you know, as a Christian, that God created us all equal in his image and likeness. And I think homeless people deserve the same protections as other human beings.

Sounds like the Republican who proposed that since tobacco is so eeeevil, we need to ban it.

So now, why don't we just legislate that if anyone commits a crime against another, that hate is automatically ascribed to the crime ...... so we can get things back on an even keel?


I just had to

Pass this post along from Say Uncle: A news report of a hostage situation!

Happy Halloween!


Kevin always finds the best stuff

A little humor for your head!


Financial stuff

A couple of thefts from Vox Day (one of my heroes!), one about Ron Paul's new book 'End the Fed', and another about the incompetent way in which the banking safety net is bring administered.

I'm glad that Vox is an expatriat, so that he need not do anything but watch. But the rest of us .........


Monday, October 19, 2009

True words .....

JayG at Stuck in Mass has a great post about how futile gun control is:

Gun control will always fail to reduce violence. Always.

Go. Read.


I have a question

Why is it that so many people think that if there is just one more law passed, the criminals will suddenly stop being criminals. 'Cause criminal are so good at following the law or something.

I have come to the realization (yes, this late in life) that nothing should be banned from ownership. What should be legilslated against is what someone does with a thing.

Just had to say it.


A bit of boasting

Got a wild hair yesterday and tried some paracord weaving (cobra stitch or Portuguese sinnet) ....... didn't turn out that bad.

I just used some blue cord I had lying around for the lanyard, and attached it to a set of keys that I need to be able to get to occasionally.

I'm looking to make a sling for my FN FAL, so I found a Youtube tutorial about making a wide version of the cobra stitch lanyard.

I'll let you know how it turns out!


Liberty is offensive

This post (via WND) shows how some (most?) people in authority react to unpleasantness.

The same thing is evident in 'zero tolerance'policies in schools.

Which is why the 'liberty is an offensive lifestyle' quote at Kevin's is so true. Instead of allowing some people to be offended, we attempt to deny everyone the opportunity to offend. That's impossible. Like this ......

I am a former Marine (and former restaurant employee!), so there's not much you can say that will offend me. So even if you try to offend me, I won't be offended. But if I go about my day around milquetoast panty-waists, I'm sure that there's something that I'll do that will offend, even though none was intended.

I can't won't try to live my life not offending anyone else.


Cooper QotD

"The society of late twentieth century America is perhaps the first in human history where most grown men do not routinely bear arms on their persons and boys are not regularly raised from childhood to learn skill in the use of some kind of weapon, either for community or personal defense − club or spear, broadsword or long bow, rifle or Bowie knife. It also happens to be one of the rudest and crudest societies in history, having jubilantly swept most of the etiquette of speech, table, dress, hospitality, fairness, deference to authority and the relations of male and female and child and elder under the fraying and filthy carpet of politically convenient illusions. With little fear of physical reprisal Americans can be as loud, gross, disrespectful, pushy, and negligent as they please. If more people carried rapiers at their belts, or revolvers on their hips, It is a fair bet you would be able to go to a movie and enjoy he dialogue from the screen without having to endure the small talk, family gossip and assorted bodily noises that many theater audiences these days regularly emit. Today, discourtesy is commonplace precisely because there is no price to pay for it."
Samuel Francis
As Heinlein put it, "An armed society is a polite society."

- Jeff Cooper

Sunday, October 18, 2009

About today's Cooper QotD

Today's Cooper Qotd is about the common (dare I say, intentional?!) misconception that full-auto weapons are the weapons that criminals prefer.

Automatic weapons are a military invention that civilians (and criminals) have used. In military use, automatic weapons can certainly kill you, but that's not necessarily how they're employed.

Automatic weapons (machine guns, if you will) a generally used for suppressive fire, that is to keep the bad guy's heads down. Now, this is accomplished by the threat of being hit by a bullet, and gunners do indeed aim at the bad guys, but no one expects them to get hits. While machine gunners are suppressing enemy activity, the rest of the squad maneuvers to where they can kill the bad guys, probably with assault weapons, which are intended to be fired in short bursts (if at all ... M16A2's and variants have a 3-rd burst capability to limit the waste of ammo).

Skilled machine gunners can use their weapons in a stand-alone role for very short periods of time, but they are better utilized as crew-served weapons (as they were intended, the SAW being the notable exception).

And skilled civilians can accurately shoot full-auto weapons .... note I said skilled (meaning having a lot of practice, or well-regulated!). Criminals are rarely skilled (notable exception). Bad thing about bullets is that once they're gone, you can't call them back, and that't the sledgehammer that the anti-firearms crowd use to keep them highly regulated.


Cooper QotD

I suppose nothing can be done about the erroneous assumption that hand held fully automatic fire is somehow more efficient than aimed fire. As I used to demonstrate, when I had a teaching job, quick semi−automatic fire is far more likely to produce results than bursts. Thus the preoccupation of the Feds with the idea that is it somehow an offense against God and man to convert a semi−automatic weapon to a fully automatic capacity is simply a manifestation of ignorance. If a man is shooting at me, I would much prefer that he were on full
auto than carefully holding and squeezing. The automatic option is the greatest encourager of the spray−and−pray technique, which I have long done my best to discourage. - Jeff Cooper

Liberal Progressive integrity

Vox Day sends us this take on the recent Rush Limbaugh/NFL kerfluffle:

The man owes Limbaugh an unmitigated apology as does the NFL commissioner, Smith from the NFLPA, and a whole host of other media lefties who mindlessly leaped to the attack and in doing so shredded their false claims to objectivity. I rather hope Rush does as Florio originally suggested and follows through in suing those who slandered him.

It will be interesting to see how this plays out.


What is the purpose of a firearm?

From Vicious Circle #21:
"Guns are designed to initiate and contain a rapid gas expansion for the purpose of driving a malleable alloy pellet down a grooved barrel with repeatable accuracy." - Lawdog

I'd always wondered about that!

He later adds - "What you do with that malleable alloy pellet is up to you."

Go. Listen.


Saturday, October 17, 2009

Cooper QotD

I learned from Bill Buckley's National Review that a new technique that store owners are using to cleanse the atmosphere is the broadcast of good music at high decibel levels. It appears the Brandenburg Concertos at full blast are quite sure to keep the scene free of street people. - Jeff Cooper

And this takes the cake

From David comes this update on the Arambula shooting (previously here and here); the officer was cleared of wrongdoing.

Now, I have a few LE buddies; served in the Marine Corps with even more, so I'll grant them that they have a job I wouldn't do. But the doctors who fixed this guy up say that he was shot in the back, and at least two shots appear to have come while he was on the ground.

I don't know how anyone, LEO or citizen can figure that shooting a man in the back, while he's on the ground is A-OK?

Does anyone not understand why many folks think that we're at the end, if not of the world, at least of this country ?


Hey, it was just a Nobel

From Hot Air, this op-ed about how the Nobel Peace prize awarded to President Obama may be unconstitutional.

Note the suggestions at the end of the piece.


Another one gone

Another one of the WWII Code Talkers has died. The article mentions this is the fifth to die since May.

Take a moment .......


Friday, October 16, 2009

Cooper QotD

Perhaps you have noticed the warning from SIGARMS which insists that the hammer on the Sig must always be dropped by the decocking device and never by the thumb. This is curious in view of the fact that for many years the Walther people always recommended that the weapon be decocked with the thumb and not with the hammer dropper. This is still more evidence of a world in which we are to depend on machinery rather than upon ourselves. Dropping the hammer with a decocker is usually safe. (Just be sure the weapon is pointed in a safe direction when you do it.) Lowering the hammer with the thumb is always safe if the operator is safe. Of course, if you must assume that the operator is inept, then decocking with the thumb is not safe.

We dinosaurs prefer to put our trust in our own abilities rather than in any reliability of a mechanism which can fail. - Jeff Cooper

'Chav' scum ... whatever that is

Found at The War on Guns, this video on how brazen the yobs in Great Britain have become, and how fearful the citizenry is getting:

The gentleman has more self-control than do I .......


Hog hunting

JagerPro is an outfit down in GA who specializes in wild hog hunting/population control with a twist ........ they use thermal technology!

Watch some of the videos on the site ..... pretty cool (though a bit pricey!).


Thursday, October 15, 2009

Kinda cool ....

I found this by way of The War on Guns, a video about the M4. It is a computer creation, using a Linux app called Blender.


A stitch in time ...

WND has this piece that updates some common-sense sayings .....


Cooper QotD

"Look out, they've guns!"
"Who, the wackos?"
"No, the Feds!" - Jeff Cooper

Time to crack the whip?

Via Hot Air comes this news opinion piece:

It’s time to stop Olympia’s lies, to her constituents, her colleagues, and herself and make her be what we all know she really is – a Democrat. And the same goes for her twin sister, Susan Collins. And then Lindsey Graham after that.

I've often wondered when (or even if) the national GOP is going to put a stop to this failure to adhere to conservative principles (begging the question of whether or not the GOP is conservative any longer).

After all, Arlen Specter didn't hesitate to switch parties when it became clear that the Republicans would not re-elect him (so was he actually a Republican? No). So why not start putting pressure on some of these 'squishy' types?

Because the GOP is more interested in getting someone who claims to be a Republican in ofice ...... not to advance any type of conservative agenda.

You'd think that at least the GOP leadership in the senate would get Snowe off of any committees she serves on. Wouldn't that be nice.


Red state, blue state

From Ace of Spades comes this interesting blurb:
They would create a public health insurer, the so-called "public option," but allow individual states to opt out if they wanted.

In other words: the blue states can have public health insurance, and the red states can go without.

And the details are the rub. The states that don't want to play only get to 'opt out' of the goodies ........ they'll still have to pay the taxes, accept the Medicare cuts, etc.

But here's an idea: let the federal government offer a service, like, universal health care .... and every state that wants it can just pay the new taxes, and get their Medicare cut, etc to pay for that service.

Reckon there'd be any takers?


Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Cooper QotD

As time passes we discover that there are a good many readers who have not been to school and who are puzzled by our reference to "The Mozambique Drill."
I added The Mozambique Drill to the modern doctrine after hearing of an experience of a student of mine up in Mozambique when that country was abandoned. My friend was involved in the fighting that took place around the airport of Laurenco Marquez. At one point, Mike turned a corner was confronted by a terrorist carrying an AK47. The man was advancing toward him at a walk at a range of perhaps 10 paces. Mike, who was a good shot, came up with his P35 and planted two satisfactory hits, one on each side of the wishbone. He expected his adversary to drop, but nothing happened, and the man continued to close the range. At this point, our boy quite sensibly opted to go for the head and tried to do so, but he was a little bit upset by this time and
mashed slightly on the trigger, catching the terrorist precisely between the collar bones and severing his spinal cord. This stopped the fight. Upon analysis, it seemed to me that the pistolero should be accustomed to the idea of placing two shots amidships as fast as he can and then being prepared to change his point of aim if this achieves no results. Two shots amidships can be placed very quickly and very reliably and they will nearly always stop the fight providing a major−caliber pistol is used and the subject is not wearing body armor. However, simply chanting "two in the body, one in the head" oversimplifies matters, since it takes considerably longer to be absolutely sure of a head shot than it does to be quite sure of two shots in the thorax. The problem for the shooter is to change his pace, going just as fast as he can with his first pair, then, pausing to observe results or lack thereof, he must slow down and shoot precisely. This is not easy to do. The beginner tends to fire all three shots at the same speed, which is either too slow for the body shots or too fast for the head shot. This change of pace calls for concentration and coordination which can only be developed through practice.

Mike Rouseau was later killed in action in the Rhodesian War. May he rest in peace! - Jeff Cooper

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Cooper QotD

Not long ago it was easy to tell who the bad guys were. They carried Kalashnikovs. Now it is much more complicated, but one thing is sure − any man who covers his face and packs a gun is a legitimate target for any decent citizen. - Jeff Cooper

I knew it was bad .....

But not this bad!

Be sure to scroll down in the article to see how long the Doles have been in Washington.



I wonder .....

From Big Hollywood comes this piece .......

Journalism dying? I wonder why as well.


Firearms ..... two view points

This is specifically about the open carry of firearms, but it illustrates the divergent views within the firearms community. One view is from Sebastian, the other is from Mike, and they concern an op-ed by Clayton Cramer in Shotgun News.

Sebastian feels that Cramer hits the nail on the head; Mike thinks that Cramer is lukewarm in hiws activism. While I can understand Sebastian's end, I don't much support his 'work-through-the-system-only' approach (doesn't mean we should forego the system). Mike is more at my speed on things firearm-related.

And maybe it's that I was in the Marine Corps, long known for being pretty black-or-white on issues. It's my opinion that the current firearms laws on the books are not in line with what the founding fathers intended for this country ... that's me. But even my wife thinks that an individual is compensating for the lack of something when he wants to carry a firearm openly.

But that individual is me. I have a concealed carry permit, and in my state that allows me to carry openly (as far as current interpretations of the law go). Now, I won't carry openly until I lose a little weight, so that I can dress in a reasonable manner (rather than shorts and a t-shirt). But my medical situation has made me think about this a lot.

I currently carry in a deep-concealment location (full-size Hi-power in a Smartcarry holster) ..... I can conceal it with almost all my wardrobe, but it is hard for me to present my handgun (because of the Affliction). So my thought is, why have to use my handgun in case of emergency, when I might be able to have the critters avoid me all together?

Maybe by openly carrying my handgun?

Wouldn't the bad guys look for easier pickings if they saw my handgun before? And what if the sight if my handgun made the bad guys pick a different establishment to rob? Could crime in general not be curtailed if there were citizens about, openly carrying firearms?

Now, as a libertarian thinker, I sometimes have to really work at letting other people live their lives. I live in a rural area, and it's not unusual to hear gunshots during the day, and sometimes at night. And even not knowing who they are, or where they're shooting, or how safe they're being, I have to tell myself that it's ok, that it's their right to do this.

And I know that if I were carrying, I know that I'd be safe and not call attention to myself and only use my power for good, not evil. And really, why should anyone care if I'm lawfully carrying my handgun openly? If I'm not using it for evil, right? And I wouldn't, of course, since I'm a law-abiding citizen; that's why I was issued the permit in the first place.

Why should I sacrifice my personal security for someone else's personal comfort?

I don't think I should.

While Sebastian makes the case against open carry and scaring the white folks, Mike makes the case that openly carrying firearms, besides giving bad guys pause, also gives politicians pause as well (and does so much better than I can). Sebastian apparently has faith in politicians ...... Mike typically does not, nor do I. Yes, I'm sure they're pretty good people outside of politics, but anytime you put a small group of people in charge of a country, bad things tend to happen.

So, can't we just get along? I don't think so ...... when one segment of the movement tells another that what they're doing is counter-productive, it's an implicit statment that one side is wrong, and needs to stop. The action might be counter-productive to what you're doing, but the action's supporters believe it to be a good thing, a result to be desired.

For a long time, the anti-firearms lobby ran rough-shod over firearms owners in this country; always pushing for tighter and stricter laws, and our 'leadership' would compromise. That only got us in worse shape, just slower than the anti-guns wanted. But in worse shape, none the less.

Why can't our efforts be synergistic? Why can't the pragmatic approach be strengthened by the specter of the 3 percenters? Why can't the threat of the 3 percenters be softened by the pragmatists? If compromise has to happen, let compromise start happening in our favor.

And that's another thing: just about every session of congress, there's some nutjob lefty floating the idea (or even sponsoring a bill) to repeal the 2nd amendment. So why the fuck is there no one on our side floating the idea to repeal the Gun Control Act, or the National Firearms Act. Why?

Because governments don't like to relinquish power once they've attained it ..... that's why our movement is at a snails pace.

Not because we open carried.


Monday, October 12, 2009

I feel .... unsettled

I'm in my 40's (close to 50's), and I suppose that if I had drugged and liquored-up a 13 year old, then vaginally and anally raped her, I'd feel pretty good.

If they caught me after 30+ years on the run, having plead guilty to a much lesser charge (yes, you're an idiot, Whoopi) but then split before my sentencing, I guess I'd feel unsettled.

Roman Polanski is 'feeling depressed' two weeks after his arrest in Switzerland to face U.S. extradition for a 1977 case involving the rape of a 13-year-old girl, according to his lawyer.

Here's an idea ........ give him a nice S&W in .44 magnum with one bullet, and he can pass the time playing Russian roulette.

Poor, poor privileged pervert.

h/t Protein Wisdom


Cooper QotD

I have in hand a pretty fascinating document from New York entitled "A Firearms Discharge Assault Report, 1991." It is so thick that tabulation is impractical but it is certainly interesting to note that the law enforcement
establishment seems to have forgotten about the use of sights, providing they ever knew about the use of sights. Again and again we have reports of shootings at ranges of 5 feet and under in which many shots were exchanged with no hits.

I suppose it must be accepted that the majority of people who opt for a job in law enforcement are not interested in marksmanship and only people who are interested in marksmanship can be counted on to hit what they shoot at. This is hard for me to accept. I can sympathize with Simon Bolivar, when on his death
bed, he sighed, "I have plowed the sea." - Jeff Cooper

This isn't possible, is it?

We hear a lot about the United Kingdom's free health care system ...... but how is it that a patient receives a transplant of cancerous lungs:

But the donated organs - from someone who smoked 30 to 50 roll-up cigarettes a day - gave him cancer.

It's come to this

From the headlines at Hot Air:

Hazel Fenton, from East Sussex, is alive nine months after medics ruled she had only days to live, withdrew her antibiotics and denied her artificial feeding. The former school matron had been placed on a controversial care plan intended to ease the last days of dying patients.

This is ObamaCare in a nutshell. If it passes, we are so fucked.


Sunday, October 11, 2009

Bloomberg's Follies

David had this post about Michael Bloomberg's latest anti-gun venture, hiring private investigators to infiltrate gun shows to show how eeeevil they are and how criminals, to the exclusion of all other sources, get their guns from illegal gun dealers in all sorts of illegal ways.

Funny how the Sharonville officials have had not had a single report of illegal activity, even having hosted the show for over 15 years.

So why didn't any of Bloomberg's goons alert law enforcement to any shenanigans? Well, seems that wasn't the goal ......

Forgive some of us if we suspect all the pots and pans Bloomberg is banging over out-of-state gun shows is more a matter of generating tons of free publicity, stoking his insufferable ego and imposing his will on all American gun owners, and less about combating violent crime in the Big Apple.

You see, gun control advocates really don't want to reduce crime (though they'll strenuously claim they do), they only want control. That's why Philadelphia won't actually enforce firearms laws on the books (that's too hard), instead wanting more and stricter firearms legislation that only the law-abiding will comply with (it's so much easier to get those illegal firearms).


God and dog

Something to start Sunday.

h/t My mom


New feature ..... Jeff Cooper

I'm starting a new thing on my blog. I'm going to be posting a Jeff Cooper quote every day, starting on Monday.

These quotes are available here in a variety of formats (including all as pdf's).

Please note that these are for personal use only, and I intend to post them as such.


Saturday, October 10, 2009

Your new home page!

Since The Once has received the Nobel Peace Prize, he needs to win something more ..... alpha.

ESPN provides the opportunity
...... and you can vote every day!


Cautionary tale (w/update)

Meleanie Hain was found shot to death on Wednesday, along with her estranged husband, in what is an apparent murder-suicide. Her children were reported to be running down the street claiming 'Daddy shot Mommy!'.

Meleanie Hain, if you're not familiar with the name, is the women who caused quite a stir when she openly carried her handgun to her daughter's soccer game. Of course, the media reported mass hysteria, but the reality was that this was a common thing for her to do. She had a concealed carry permit, but as a Pennsylvania resident, she needed no permit to carry openly. Never the less, the police chief yanked her carry permit (which, ironically, left her with nothing but - open carry) without due cause, and a judge later returned it to her. She was in the process of sueing the police chief when she was killed.

She was interviewed at Gun Nuts Radio in January, and she appeared to be entirely rational. But as other bloggers have pointed out, just being armed isn't magic ...... it can only even the odds. There is no guarantee that you'll survive a defensive encounter.

Pray for the children.

UPDATE: via Sebastian .......... the murder was witnessed on a web cam phone conversation

Brits ..... gotta love 'em!

One of the few things I admire about the British, is that they strongly suggest suppressors (once you've been given the priveledge of owning a firearm!).

Saw this post at Free Market Fairy Tales .... not familiar with the brand he's talking about but I like the can on the end. Something I see on quite a lot of Brit weapons.

To sleep, perchance to dream .....


Friday, October 9, 2009

Obama - Nobel winner?! Updated!

I heard this when my alarm went off this morning and thought 'This can't be happening'.

But it can ..... and it did.

We are so fucked.


Update: After some thought, this says more about the Nobel committee than it does about Obama. Fortunately unfortunately, it's Obama who will have to deal with the stigma

Obligatory - Firearms results pr0n

Seen at several blogs today



This is beyond 'Only Ones'

I was stopping by Say Uncle and saw this little gem:

The officer heard people playing and screaming, witnesses said. A 23-year-old woman and her friend were playing with a pit bull.Witnesses said the officer got out of the car and fired several shots toward the dog.

She wound up shooting the owner in the process. I'm sure I'll see this later at The War on Guns.

Note that there are several great comments, but I notice somewhat of a trend. Most of the people who are pro-accountability suggest a return to the police academy and at the very least some marksmanship training.

But I don't think an individual who shoots an innocent citizen needs to be returned to their job ...... they should be fired, with all speed.

Because you can't cure stupid.


Obama Afgahn strategy based on I'll-endorse-your-COIN-recommendation-but-I-really-don't-know-what-you-mean.

Stolen from Ace of Spades:

One of the confusing things about Obama's hesitancy about adding troops to Afghanistan is that many thought this was settled back in March when the Administration announced a comprehensive new strategy focusing on Counter Insurgency.

Turns out, Obama and his team had no clue what they were agreeing to at the time.

Last line of that post says it all - "criminal incompetence".

I've noticed that there are reports of morale in Afghanistan cratering. I can tell you from a combat veterans' standpoint, that a lack of information will crush your morale. If your commander-in-chief doesn't know what he wants to do, how the hell do the commanders communicate that to the troops?

They are so fucked. Maybe this is what Napolitano's worried about. I would be too.


This can't be!

This in from the Heritage Foundation: Who in this country has the highest rate of claims denials as scored by the AMA (who 'supports' Obamacare)?

Medicare .......

The Obama administration repeats ad nauseum that we need a government option to “keep insurance companies honest” and to make sure they don’t deny anyone coverage. Well what does one say about the fact that Medicare denies more claims than private insurers?

And the savings that are supposed to pay for Obamacare are to come from Medicare and that will make this denial rate better how?


Thursday, October 8, 2009

I didn't think it would be this soon.

Seen at, this commentary about Obama and impeachment.

I think it's interesting that it's being openly discussed in some conservative circles ...... keep your eyes open and you'll hear the discontentment from the left as well.

Also note my post here.


The ghost writer?

I saw the article yesterday morning but didn't read it (since I've already been convinced). But then I saw that Vox had posted a little update:

I don't know if Ayers wrote it or not, but I'm entirely confident that Obama didn't

And there is really nothing except Obama's word to claim that he did write his book,


Health care STILL isn't a right

Every now and then, someone comes along and posts your thoughts that you couldn't write yourself.

Kevin at Smallest Minority has written that post.

Go. Read. Repeat.


Pro-firearm video

I saw a much-shortened version of this video a while back, and frankly, I wasn't too impressed.

Now that they've posted the full version, I feel much better about what the National Shooting Sports Foundation has done:

Good on ya!


Dear God, heaven help us!

This is what you get when you elect a 'present'-voting, below-average intellect, I-ain't-done-nothing-but-rabble-rouse-and-make-some-flowery-speeches senator to the White House.

We are so fucked .........


III percenter/Oath Keeper

Mike at Sipsey Street has this one about a III percenter and an Oath Keeper, in the same body!


Wednesday, October 7, 2009

The Vicious Circle

If you're not listening to the Vicious Circle over at Snarkybytes, you are really missing out!

The latest episode is #21 ....... the tales by LawDog are priceless!

Sapper lizards ........... hee!


Good for them

This family is suing the authorities ....... they need to turn the screws as tightly as possible:

h/t WND


Tuesday, October 6, 2009

This is even worse

I blogged about this when I first heard about it from David Codrea at The War on Guns.

Today, he has an update that truly shows that the Only Ones are out and about, waiting to take your liberty, and even your life. It's truly a miracle that Mr Arambula survived being shot 6 times!


Ice cream and Sarah Palin

One of the things I like to do as I have time, is to explore other blogs. I found one through Kevin, called The Palination ..... and she has this post about Sarah Palin and Sponge Bob ice cream.

Her commenter, Missy from Missisippi, makes note of the saying

"Doing what you've always done always gets you what you've always gotten"

Funny how the simplest observation comes closest to reality.


Neccessity=Mother of invention

Via Say Uncle comes this post on the weapons that Chechen fighters have made themselves.

When you need weapons, you'll get weapons ........ gun control laws be damned!


Afghanistan in trouble?

Another blatant theft (after I read it on two blogs) ....... Gen McChrystal isn't as deferent to POTUS as he'd apparently like:

An adviser to the administration said: "People aren't sure whether McChrystal is being naïve or an upstart. To my mind he doesn't seem ready for this Washington hard-ball and is just speaking his mind too plainly."

Imagine that .... an officer responsible for the very lives of thousands of troops in theatre, speaking plainly.

Protein Wisdom has more:

He went on to say: “Waiting does not prolong a favorable outcome. This effort will not remain winnable indefinitely, and nor will public support.”

Now, you would think that at this level, and the fact that McChrystal just sent a detailed report to Obama, there would be nothing the general said that the White House doesn't already know.

And if the president's advisors think that McChrystal is naive, they better just hid in the bushes and watch.

For my money, this fuck-stick the '52' elected president better put his learning cap on and, like, learn.

h/t Hot Air and Ace of Spades


AGW update

Ace of Spades has this link, which sums up the cherry-picked data.

I'm believing these freaks less and less .....


Monday, October 5, 2009

Sign of the times?

One from Kevin at Smallest Minority, a sign seen at a rally.


This seems a bit much

NH woman and her husband get 35 years for not wanting to pay taxes.

Yes, everyone has to pay taxes ..... I believe that there's information out there that would make that assertion debatable. I'm sure that the government will always claim that you do.

Plotting to kill federal agents? I don't see it. Promising to fight back if federal agents attempt to arrest? Sounds like good strategy to me.

And the explosives? You know, when I was growing up, 6th grade chemistry sets were worthless if you couldn't make a little something that would go boom. As long as they didn't misuse explosives, as far as I'm concerned let 'em have explosives ...... big deal.

But I guess that's just me ........ I'm all for liberty, but not so much the government.


Honest Abe, Tricky Dick .....

This hit the rightosphere pretty quickly today, pointing out what the president is looking at becoming ....

Even my wife (who voted for Obama - God luv her!) is saying under her breath 'I'm taking heat for voting for you .... don't fuck it up!'.


Sunday, October 4, 2009

A morning chuckle

You can find most anything on the internet these days ......

Stolen from Ace


More Obamacare

From Hot Air:

Tracy Walsh gives us some insight into what government-run health care might look like once the government is paying the bills:

It's long, but she has a compelling story to tell.

Tracy had breast cancer, with a particularly nasty set of circumstances; circumstances that caused her to decide to have a double mastectomy.

But with the Comparative Effectiveness bubbas calling the shots, she'd likely not have gotten the double mastectomy, only a single, and then spent the rest of her life wondering if the other shoe was going to drop.

Keep in mind that the comparative effectiveness bubbas have already been funded (in the stimulus bill, no less). Isn't this great?!


Saturday, October 3, 2009

How young is too young?

Nobody wants their child to get hurt.

That's a natural instinct that's most prevalent among moms and grandmothers. I don't want my children to get hurt either ..... but the 19 year-old i pretty much on his own now. The 5 year old, however I have to constantly guage my desire for her to learn about all sorts of things in life against my desire to not see her injured. I've heard it refered to as 'beneficent neglect'.

Several months ago, I pointed the wife to this video, of Gever Tully advising that there are at least 5 dangerous things you should let your kids do. I agree.

I've made no secret to my wife that as soon as she and I think she's ready, the little munchkin will be taught about firearms. I've already purchased a Daisy BB gun for her, but she knows that there are conditions to learning about it, namely, I have to be confident that she will do exactly as I tell her, when I tell her. She also has to be able to quote the 4 rules from memory and be able to explain them. When she can do this, we'll start her out .... but not until.

I saw the following post on The War on Guns this morning, and I think it has enourmous value to parents.

What do you think?


Marek Edelman, R.I.P

He's the last surviving leader of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising in 1943. He was also instrumental in helping rid Poland of the Soviet scourge in the '80's.

We should consider ourselves fortunate to have had such men ....... and hope that his mold was not broken.


Now it's a coincidence

Another group has sprung up doing a parody of the celebrities-know-best-how-to-run-your-lives video. I guess we ought to name this new genre, don't you think?!

And I think this is exactly what's been needed for a long time. Where do celebrities get off with some of the things they say, and not expect to get called on it?


Why big government doesn't work

Here's another post by Doctor Zero, stolen from Hot Air. Yes it's long ..... it's sooo worth the effort to read:

It’s not in the nature of government to abandon failed programs, because if government was intelligent and morally superior enough to assert control over a situation in the first place, it will not see the logic in surrendering that control to inferior free-willed citizens. Instead, it will redouble its efforts.

There's much, much more.


I hope you win, Peter.

Peter Schiff, investment mogul, author, and financial advisor to Ron Paul has thrown his hat into the political ring for Chris Dodd's senate seat. Here's a litle video:

It would do everyone well to look up his videos on Youtube to see how accurate his economic predictions have been (and how bad the gub'mints efforts have failed).

It's also interesting to note that he fired his initial batch of campaign advisors after they wanted to alter his libertarian message.

Many might wonder how much good an economist can do in Washington. I would submit that one you get the finances in Washington back to the way the founder's intended, the rest falls into place.

But that's just me .....


But the Left are incapable of seeing

This post from Ace of Spades, about the Olympic games - why it's better that Chicago lost, and the bigger meaning behind it:

You have a crush. I'm sure it feels like nothing you've ever felt before. And the apple of your eye I'm sure is, to you at least, the most wonderful and perfect creature ever to bestride the earth.

We don't have a crush though, and we're tired of hearing about yours.

If you're not already reading Ace, you should be.


Now this is funny, I don't care who you are!

Speaks for itself ..........

Saw it on facebook .........


Friday, October 2, 2009

Oh. My. God!

This is toooooo awesome!

That, friends, was an airborne laser ......... I want!


Lawsuits and stuff .....

David Codrea has a Gun Rights Examiner piece linked from his War on Guns site, where he takes a look at the Montana Firearms Freedom Act from an educated laymans' standpoint.

I'll admit that the chances of this suit finding a favorable resolution are slim; but being in the Montana district, I would hope that some of the pioneer spirit would remain. Tennessee passed a similar law recently as well ..... the conventional wisdom is that they did so as a largely symbolic gesture.

We will see ...


I'm not sure about this ....

Say Uncle is the master aggregator! He has a link to this very neat monstrosity:

Now the cool factor is way up there, but I question why a SWAT team would need one.

But it'd be nice to have around the house ..... for critter control!


Open carry legal? Who'da thunk?!

I had downloaded the judges' decision a few days ago after hearing about this case, and was going to put my thoughts down on paper, but The Volokh Conspiracy has a much better post than any I could have come up with.

It's good to know that there are still some who have some sense.

Stolen from Volokh, via Say Uncle.


Now this is cool

I originally passed on the articles I saw on the shotgun suppressor ..... then Say Uncle linked to a video:

Not sure I'd have any use for a supressed shotgun, but hey ... ya never know!

Lifted from Religio-Political Talk.


Who says the Left doesn't have a sense of humor?!

This from various sites (but stolen from TPM), a Big Bird righty moment!


This guy needs his own site!

Dr Zero over at Hot Air is ripping it up again!

When is The Boss going to give him a full-time gig and retire that squish Allahpundit?!


Thursday, October 1, 2009

Woohoo!! One-upsmanship!

From Hot Air comes this one-upsmanship of the has-been comedians snarking on insurance companies.