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Thursday, March 31, 2011

You don't say

All those military weapons don't come from the US:

“The most fearsome weapons wielded by Mexico’s drug cartels enter the country from Central America, not the United States, according to U.S. diplomatic cables disseminated by WikiLeaks and published here Tuesday by La Jornada newspaper.”

But, but ... that doesn't fit the narrative!

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Bad kitteh!

Government doesn't like competition ...

JPFO alert

JPFO introduces Buster Bullet

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

JPFO alert

Five reasons why ...

Now we're going to arm the rebels?

I wonder what they'll get:

Hillary Clinton has paved the way for the United States to arm the Libyan rebels by declaring that the recent UN security council resolution relaxed an arms embargo on the country.

Surely they wouldn't give a pack of camel-humpers fully automatic weapons?

That sounds like an awesome opportunity.

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Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Yes ...

... I'm an evidencer:

“‘It took me one hour to get my birth certificate. It’s inconceivable that, after four years of questioning, the president still hasn’t produced his birth certificate. I’m just asking President Obama to show the public his birth certificate. Why’s he making an issue out of this?’”
I'm pretty sure that Obama was born in this country; the only anecdotal 'evidence' that he was born in Kenya is his grandmothers' admittedly confusing statements to the effect.

What I do think is that there is something about his birth certificate that doesn't jive with his narrative, like Frank Marshall Davis is his father.

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Monday, March 28, 2011

I'm so proud!

Just got a call ... in addition to all of the other things that make me proud about my kids, my oldest (21 today) called to let me know that he's now waiting for his GA Weapons License to come in the mail.

I may cry!

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Not the best examples

Two men (one drunk), a dog and firearms:

An argument between two armed neighbors over a dog and its feces escalated to a shootout in rural Mississippi, sending one neighbor to the hospital with injuries from shotgun pellets and the other neighbor to jail.

Terry Tenhet, 52, told The Associated Press he was struck Wednesday in both hands, the shoulder, chest and side by the spray of pellets from shotgun blasts fired by his neighbor, Jerry Blasingame, 60. The wounds are not life-threatening.

Washington County Sheriff's Assistant Chief Deputy Billy Barber said Tenhet was angry at Blasingame because he thought Blasingame's mixed-breed dog had defecated in his lawn.


Not the best situation. I would have called the police to start a paper trail, just in case I would have had to shoot someone. Not sure I'd shoot a man over a dog, unless he came to my house looking to hurt my dog.

I make sure I know what my neighbor's dogs do as far as pooping. My neighbor across the way lets his dog (Great Dane) poop in the neighbors yard, so I know that I'll get no complaints from him if my dog poops in his yard.

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Not surprising ...

Bill Ayers wrote Obamas' Dreams from My Father:

Bill Ayers has once again suggested he was the author of Barack Obama's celebrated autobiography, even though the admission could be explained away as a mocking irony designed only to goad Ayers's critics by yet another false admission he was the president's ghostwriter.
Jack Cashill has been on this ever since Obama released his 'poetry' to the world, and noticed it bore no literary resemblance to Dreams.

But Obama's our president ... for good or ill.

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Apologies

I've been helping my dad move the last couple of weeks, and I unthinkingly forgot to notify the blog. I'll porobably be going up to help some more, but I'll try to let you know.

My apologies.

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Monday, March 21, 2011

Law enforcementin' is hard

Sebastian has a post up about whether or not gunnies are better off without the ATF. Ian Argent quickly describes why having the FBI take over is a bad idea:

The FBI is just anti-bill-of-rights period.

Law enforcement overall is agin' the bill of rights - pesky rights getting in the way of them doing the job the people want done.

There's no good solution, though I'd rather see the FBI get the job and the ATF die a quick and painful death.

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Sunday, March 20, 2011

Interesting post ...

... I'd never thought about it, but this hits it on the head:

Find a citizen reporter/commentator who ”clicks” for you, and you’ve a personal news analyst team. And by that, I don’t mean they analyze news (though all do). They analyze “news”. Is it? Is it news? Or propaganda? Factually clean or error-riddled?

I don't put nearly as much stock in the major networks as I do the bloggers I read, because I trust them.

Do they filter with a right-of-center lens? Of course, but I read them because they always give their reasons for filtering a certain way.

And sometimes, I think even they get it wrong.

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Friday, March 18, 2011

JPFO alert

NRA's letter to Obama - survey

letter here

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Obama and gun control

The president has decided to double down on gun control, looking for ways around congress (this means executive orders and reinterpretation of current regs). Sebastian has a post up about it, and it seems that he and commenters are ok with the NRA not attending the meetings that Obama is having on the subject. Apparently the feeling is that the NRA's presence would lend credibility to whatever Obama decides.

I've always maintained that in an adversarial situation, it's much better to be engaged rather than refuse to attend. You can always walk out of any meetings, and that might play better to the base.

I would think that 9it would hinge on the NRA co-opting the agenda. When their turn to speak came around, they can always start with the fact that they can't take Obama seriously until he addresses the Gunwalker/Fast and Furious problem, as the ATF will be in charge of enforcing anything that comes of the big meeting.

But since they won't (the NRA loves the ATF), I guess we'll just have to see what happens.

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Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Maybe making long gun open carry ...

... more common might not be a bad thing:

As Breitkopf walked toward the house in plain clothes with a rifle slung over his shoulder and his badge around his neck, an unidentified retired NYPD sergeant from the neighborhood -- milling around outside -- cried out, "Gun!" Carver said.
Yup, another officer shot and killed him.

Too bad more people don't walk around with their long guns on their shoulders ....

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Tuesday, March 15, 2011

You hear that?

There ain't enough ...

This may sound like a liberal parody of conservative economic thinking, but let me put it out there: America’s problem is that the rich don’t have enough money.

There, I said it. Let’s rumble.

Yeah, if you took the total wealth of the Fortune 400, it wouldn't quite pay for what we've overspent this year, let alone the national debt.

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Monday, March 14, 2011

Truth from American Thinker

It's the culture, dummy:

Recent events in New York City, Washington D.C., and in gun-friendly fly-over states (mostly red) demonstrate how profoundly the nation's Second Amendment debate is wrapped up with its culture wars.

RTWT

It's an interesting look (but we know how it works) at how the eastern elites view gun owners and gun ownership.

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Bitch slap!

Dan Harris lets Clarissa Ward know what he thinks about her "epic" journey!



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I need to pay more attention

David C links to this Gun Rights Examiner:

Unfortunately, upon a closer examination of the facts, this gun control lobby assertion is simply not true. Standard and high-capacity magazines can be used very effectively in lawful self-defense, especially when utilized by the elderly or disabled (who no longer possess the physical dexterity that the rest of the general population has to reload a firearm quite as quickly or efficiently) during a home invasion, especially if there are multiple violent criminals involved who are all armed.
I haven't read this guy before, but I'll try to do better!

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Sunday, March 13, 2011

In which we tell the MFM ...

... to STFU:

I am writing this text (Mar 12) to give you some peace of mind regarding some of the troubles in Japan, that is the safety of Japan’s nuclear reactors. Up front, the situation is serious, but under control. And this text is long! But you will know more about nuclear power plants after reading it than all journalists on this planet put together.

And you don't have to read far to get that much knowledge.

Americans need to understand ... a calm, reasoned explanation not only takes too long, it isn't sexy. Dire predictions drive traffic for networks; that's why you hear the 'experts' saying things aren't that bad now, but they could get really bad!

Sad really.

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Friday, March 11, 2011

JPFO alert

The rabbi's letter is connecting

Technology never ceases to amaze

Sebastian has been trying out practical applications for 3-d printing:

The first step in figuring out how to print a magazine on a 3D printer is deciding which magazine to make.

He goes on from there.

For those of you who don't know what 3-d printing is, here's a sample (made by MakerBot):



Take a 3-d CAD file of an object, send it to the 3-d printer, and voila! A plastic model.

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Thursday, March 10, 2011

JPFO alert

FOID lunacy in Illinois

Same 'ole same 'ole ...

... with the NRA.

Nary a word from them about the ATF's Gunwalker scandal. And the NSSF has voied support for
'Don't lie for the other guy' program.

Collaborators.

I think we should start putting pressure on the NRA, through their commercial contributors like Midway, USA.

They're very down with the NRA.

What if they started getting a lot of e-mails that gun owners wouldn't buy from them because they support the NRA, and the NRA (in it's silence on the issue) is supporting the ATF.

I wonder what that would accomplish?

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Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Only Ones® strike again!

h/t Say Uncle

I can't watch!

Disney 'helps' young girls!

I've pre-registered ...

... for a blog shoot:

You will get to shoot free ammo through a bunch of cool, Class III (including full-auto) weapons

Sounds like it'll be a hoot.

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I have a question for the NRA

Exactly what does the ATF do to ensure 2nd amendment rights for citizens that is so extraordinary that they shouldn't be disbanded?

I'll be here all day.

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Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Huh ...

... maybe we are winning:

A major cable network is searching for outspoken individuals willing to put their views to the test on a documentary-style television show. We are most interested in people who want to speak up on how guns affect our society today. If this sounds like you and you’re up for an exciting challenge, please contact us ASAP.
In the email, please include your contact dhttp://www.actorsconnect.com/castings/castings-chicago/940121-looking-for-gun-control-campaigners-illinois?fontstyle=f-largeretails and a photo. Explain who you are and what your personal standpoint is on gun control.

Yep ... anti-gunners are so convinced as to the rightness of their cause that they simply can't be found! So they're soliciting actors!

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Bayou Renaissance Man makes a request ...

... done:


I want every single ATF supervisor, manager or official who approved this program named and shamed, then prosecuted in federal court for their crimes - and they are crimes.

RTWT ... it gets better.

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Monday, March 7, 2011

Even non-gunnies are noticing

Karl Denninger of the Market Ticker notes the ATF's recent troubles:

More importantly, in my view BATFE no longer serves a legitimate purpose in our government. It turned into a mechanism to provide murderous drug gangs in Mexico with over two thousand firearms that they allowed to be knowingly purchased and transported in an unlawful manner in the United States.

And as a consequence, in whole or part, a US Citizen and Border Patrol Agent is dead, and God knows how many Mexicans have been murdered on top of it.

He obviously keeps his eyes on more than just the stock market.

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JPFO alert

A rabbi's letter to Michael Bloomberg

Women in the blood sports

The Daily Mail has a piece on Regis Giles:

She's studying at a college in Florida, and like any typical American teenager she loves shopping and hanging out with her friends. But at weekends she is one of the deadliest shots in the brush.

Regis Giles, 19, is one of America's hottest hunters - and she's taking the big game world by storm.

'Taking the big game world by storm' - sounds like you'll be seeing competitions on ABC's Wide World of Sports.

Not a bad piece, if you can look past the constant 'blood sport' references, though I'd be more interested in how she feels about open carry!

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Friday, March 4, 2011

Subsonics ...

I'm getting ready to join the suppressor crowd, and I've been playing around with some numbers. Obviously, .22 subsonic is loaded pretty generically, as are centerfire pistol calibers. To get the most of centerfire rifle boolits, you need to handload.

The speed of sound is your limiting factor in handloading (we'll assume your suppressor is capable of handling the gas involved). The product of the speed of the projectile and the weight of the projectile give you the energy possible, hence the heavier boolits used (generally) in subsonic ammo.

Handloading subsonic ammo is, I've heard, a tedious process, because the accuracy you need to use exceeds all but the most expensive powder measures. The velocities you want are tedious to come by as well. The speed of sound fluctuates with environmental factors (METT to you arty men out there!), but the biggest factor is temperature. By my quick, down-'n-dirty calculations, you can use hotter subsonic loads in hot weather (because the speed of sound increases with temperature). A change of 100° F results in a change of about 110 f/s in the speed of sound. With a projo weight of 250 grains, that equals 6.7 ft/lb of energy difference between 0° and 100° (at 0% humidity).

So to figure out a single load, you need to determine what the lowest general temperature you're going to be shooting at, develop your load based on that temperature to ensure you don't go supersonic.

From here, you can get as anal as you want, loading your subsonics to fit increments of 10° or what ever your OCD will allow!

This piece is based on nominally scientific stuff, so if I've made an glaring errors, feel free to correct me.

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Read ... contemplate ...

... and pass it on:

Criminals are willing to break all kinds of laws, and if we keep law abiding citizens from owning guns then only the bad guys have them. If only the bad guys have guns, then they win, and you are more likely to be a victim. Now, who is at greater risk of being attacked?

Women.

I personally have no interest in being a victim.
Hat's off to you, Mrs Borepatch!

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What if the government started fucking up ...

... and no one reported it?

CBS has done yeomans' work (yeah, I threw up in my mouth a little) about Project Gunwalker - in fact, so far they're the only major network to cover it.

It's about time.

If you have the time, make sure you send a note to your local station's news director and thank him. You can send another to your ABC and NBC affiliates asking when they're going to get the lead out of their asses.

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Thursday, March 3, 2011

Robb Allen brings it

I wish I could get these guys' google alert terms!

Not surprising ...

Supreme Court says Fred Phelps and his family of malcontent whackos can't be sued:

The justices by a 8-1 vote on Wednesday said members of the Westboro Baptist Church had a right to promote what they call a broad-based message on public matters such as wars.

The father of a fallen Marine had sued the small church, saying those protests amounted to targeted harassment and an intentional infliction of emotional distress.

h/t Ace


It seems to me that this is but one area where there's going to have to be a bit of civil ... disobedience, if you will. Fred Phelps and his family are going to have to be more afraid of the populace where they're going to protest than they are of the law (since it seems it's squarely on their side). And yes, I'm talking about some level of violence here.

The only thing that can be done as a stop-gap measure is for law enforcement to make sure Phelps knows that his safety can't be guaranteed.

He tends not to show up in places like that.

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It's interesting ...

... what we'll spend money on.

Last Saturday, our dog injured himself (or was injured by a car, we're not sure) by tearing his ACL. Since it was the weekend, I had to go to Chattanooga to the only real emergency clinic in my area.

Spent $340 without blinking an eye (and believe me, I'd have spent much more for my dog).

But my wife (who has 8 sewing machines in various states of repair), balks at me spending money for a new Ruger .22 pistol (her granny has more firearms than I do!).

Strange that ...

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My take on the Matthew Snyder case

Yesterday, the Supreme Court handed down it's ruling in the case where Matthew Snyder's parents sued Westboro Baptist Church.

They found for Westboro.

Take a look at Justice Alito's dissent (I regret I don't have a link); he goes into much greater detail about why the Snyder's should prevail (or, rather, why Westboro's speech should be limited). I agree, but on much more simple grounds.

If the Westboro Baptist Church want's to assemble to peaceably petition the government, that's fine. But be advised, the government ain't at the funeral home or cemetary. If Westboro (or anyone else) comes around a funeral I'm involved with ...

Expect some violence.

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Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Flat panel TV bleg

I remember that in the recent past, Alan at Snarkybytes had the same question ... I just can't find the post on his blog. I seem to remember that the preferred brand was Samsung.

If any of my readers have any insight into plasma vs lcd, particular brand, etc I would really appreciate the help!

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I hate to say it ...

... but someone's gonna end up dead:



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You mean they really mean it?

States start slapping uppity cities:

6. a. A person adversely affected by an ordinance, measure, enactment, rule, resolution, motion, or policy promulgated or enforced in violation of this section may file suit in the appropriate court for declarative and injunctive relief and for all actual and consequential damages attributable to the violation. A court shall award the prevailing plaintiff in any such suit all of the following:

(1) Reasonable attorney fees.
(2) Liquidated damages equal to the amount of three times the attorney fees awarded in subparagraph (1).
(3) Litigation costs.
(4) Interest on the amounts awarded pursuant to this subsection shall accrue at fifteen percent from the date suit is filed.
26 b. Payment of such fees, damages, costs, and interest may be secured by seizure of any vehicles used or operated for the benefit of any elected office holder in the political subdivision if not paid within seventy-two hours of the court’s order.
Iowa doesn't think much of towns thinking they can decide what's already been decided; the state controls firearms, not you.

It's about time ... Philadelphia needs to take notice.

h/t Sebastian

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JPFO alert

Time for national carry

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

But, wait ...

... I thought there was no need for firearms in church? (h/t Breda)

On that morning, 24-year-old Matthew Murray shot and killed two New Life parishioners after having murdered two others the night before at a training center for Christian missionaries in Arvada. Heavily armed, Murray would have killed many more at New Life, had it not been for Assam, who was working as a volunteer security guard.
Now, this article focuses on the allegation that the church has asked Jeanne Assam to leave the church because she haz teh gay cooties.

Maybe that's why this church seems to need armed security guards.

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