29 April, 2011

QOTD - Edward Green

Reliable evidence undoes the folk belief that in the absence of guns, other equally efficient means would produce the same number of homicides and suicides.

A firearm is quite an efficient tool in the right hands. The gun though is a weapon of distance.  Barring bows and arrows, I can't think of another weapon that is wielded with such immediate effect that allows the user such a degree of distance from their intended opponent. 

22 April, 2011

Tesla - the band, the man, (not the car)

So, I am going to try again to post this video.  Last Friday, all you probably saw was some html code. Well, I hope it shows up this time.

I can remember this band causing me to question being taught that it wasn't Marconi who discovered radio.  My radio and television teacher, Mr. A.C. Eley, God rest his soul, would debate with those of us that questioned the common view.

And for more on Nicolai, go here. Who says Rock and Roll is all about sex, drugs, and well... Rock and Roll? Anyway, I hope you enjoy.

21 April, 2011

Go on! I triple dog dare ya!

Take one sexist misogynist newspaper columnist, add in one NRA convention, take the idea that the NRA caters more to men than women and an ass kicking ensues.

Breda and Labrat both bring the smackdown to Heyl.

Go on there Eric, I triple dog dare ya to spew your line in front of the ladies. 

18 April, 2011

Yes, it is going to hurt, and at this point, I can take the pain.

So the Senacrat's gang of six is crafting a budget plan that will piss everyone off.  All I can say is, that in the short and long term, IT. IS. NOT. ENOUGH. I could really give a flying baboon's ass whether or not your seat in the senate or the house is lost because of this.  Two words for the clueless in the North Virginia swamps, CUT MORE!

A tale of two ranges

Today, I was inspired to make a trip to the range with my shootin' buddy B.  I texted him at about 8 am or so and asked if he wanted to go later.  I almost immediately received a reply back, that sure he was game.

We took off for the closer of two unsupervised ranges we frequent.  While driving through the conservation area, we see a sheriff deputy in front of us.  Something started noggling in the back of my mind.  Sure enough, he was headed for the shooting range, and pulled in right ahead of us.  Buddy B and I walk down the incline and start to set up at the 100 yard table as that was the only one open.  We had brought a target stand to use.   That's when the sheriff's deputy brought us over for his say on the matter of targets.  It seems the local conservation agent was quite unimpressed with how people were treating this particular range. Trash was being left about, unapproved target stands that had been abandoned were rotting away, and empty shotgun hulls were littered about the place.  The deputy explained how the range was on the verge of being shut down due to people using non approved targets, this included my portable piece of corrugated plastic on a wire frame.  Rather than risk getting a ticket, with my non approved target stand, we opted to leave.

In talking to the deputy, he stated the reason for no unapproved target stands was the fear of a riccochet.  I know for a fact that at the closest to me supervised range, the rifle side targets can be set as close as 25 yards, with the intervening 75 yards nothing but open space, and yet somehow riccochets aren't happening with such a great frequency that the range is in danger of being shut down. Sure, I can see this if some ignorant individual is shooting at bowling balls.  But steel plates, bowling pins, and pie tins are routinely used as targets.  My corrugated plastic surely presents an astronomically low probability of causing a riccochet? I think not. 

Range number two is where we ended up.   No litter, someone had policed up a good portion of the brass, and we set up my portable target stand.  I saw a number of others as well, and when folks were finished they removed their debris and left.   When it was all said and done, I had a great time, and left my shooting area neater than when I found it. 

Other than the matter of an unanticipated change of venue, buddy B and I had a really good time. The weather was beautiful and the company was superb.

13 April, 2011

Thanks for being on our side there Joe

So Indiana is wishing to preempt local gun laws and make them uniform throughout the state.  And of course, the local hishineyass grand poobah mayor thinks it's a bad idea. 

“My issue with 292, where we have an ordinance that says you can't shoot a gun in the city limits, that would override that," Kauffman said. “This is a local home rule issue too, you know. What rights do cities have to determine what they are going to allow guns to be shot for?”

On the other side is Joe Dervin, NRA member and probable FUDD.

“I agree with the bill, because it limits local governments from setting up their own rules and regulations that most gun owners are unaware of,” he said. 

However, Dervin states that he wishes their was mandatory training before owning a handgun.

Dervin would also like to see a rider added to the proposed bill that would require safety training before a person can own a handgun. 

'Scuse me?  Um, no thanks for your support there Joe.  Now go to the nearest range and practice up with your .357 lever action to take Bambi this fall. 

Is it just me, or does anyone else feel that the greatest threat doesn't come from the likes of the CSGV, the Brady Bunch and their ilk, but rather, misguided fools supposedly on our side?

12 April, 2011

QOTD - Tam

Back then, it was icky because it was boring and I couldn't understand half of what they were talking about. Now it's icky because it's boring and I realize that they're a pack of self-important jackanapes and poltroons without the brains God gave a turnip and all the finely honed grasp of ethics and consequences exhibited by your average neighborhood crackhead, but with better clothes.

And yet, people still think that somehow Charles Krauthammer is such a great guy. 

11 April, 2011

PSH Alert 

Don't even mention those cash-in-transit guys standing in front of their armoured trucks with machine-guns. If they so much as looked in my direction, I wanted to pee in my pants. 

I bet it's a number 7 on the Brady Chart

PSH image courtesy of Robb Allen

08 April, 2011

Friday Fun Track -

Presented without comment

07 April, 2011

Please just don't

It's great when people are excited about the Second Amendment and wishing to share it with others.
However, when someone expresses their non interest in it, don't be THAT guy. It seems the Wild Bill Hickok wannabe had a most negligent discharge and the chunk of lead ended up in the ladies collapsed lung.

The woman said she told Harp she did not like guns and did not want to see it. She said Harp began spinning the gun on his finger and it discharged.

You don't win hearts and minds by being a dumbass. And you get what you deserve when you break three of the four rules.

Heads Huckabee... Tails Graham

Or is it Heads Graham, tails Huckabee? After Dr. Terry Jones decided to use the Koran as the fuel in the triangle of fire, Lindsey Graham, (R)ino decided he'd like to limit free speech.

I wish we could find some way to hold people accountable. Free speech is a great idea, but we’re in a war. During World War II you had limits on what you could do if it inspired the enemy. Any time we can push back here in American against actions like this that put our troops at risk, we ought to do it.

And from Sir Hucksalot, Mike Huckabee, during a videotaped conference, wants thus;

“I almost wish that there would be, like, a simultaneous telecast, and all Americans would be forced–forced at gunpoint no less–to listen to every David Barton message, and I think our country would be better for it. I wish it’d happen.”

The video of Huckabee can be found here.

Um, no there Graham and Huck. Your Huck/Barton/Graham Inquisition will end with me and a bunch of others reminding you why exactly there is a second amendment. So, don't start none, and there won't be none.

To think that either one of these Rinos was oh so close to real power.

06 April, 2011

This guy should be a New York cab driver

Maybe the first guy blew that call on that right two tightens.

The Hits Keep on Coming

Furious Mike Bloomberg is having his ass has been sued by the SAF over New York City's excessive pistol permit fees.

And in related news, Newbius has the QOTD regarding Chicago's feet dragging.

05 April, 2011

While perusing Facebook the other day, a friend made a related comment in his post about unions. He asserted that the CEO of his former company made WAAYYYY too much money and took unnecessary business trips.

When someone is hired into management into a company, they are paid at a rate that is negotiated one on one between the employer and employee. But how much is WAAAYYY too much? That CEO has shareholders to answer to. He also has his own employees he's responsible for. He could make bad decisions that lead to massive layoffs. He must LEAD the company on a path to profitability. Unions and socialists decry that people make "WAAYY too much money" and yet negotiate for better wages for their members. A line worker at an assembly plant is responsible for doing his job in a consistent manner. One that he learns as he goes on with the job. That CEO is responsible for an entire company. Why shouldn't he be compensated accordingly?

03 April, 2011

QOTD - Mike Vanderbough

I was once asked by a citizen disarmament advocate, a follower of the Bradys, what I thought about more firearm restrictions. I began to answer when he impatiently broke in, "Give me the short answer." I replied, "Okay. . . If you try to take our firearms we will kill you." All the fellow could do was stare at me in disbelief. This is the restated meaning of "shall not be infringed." Some people, however, have to have it translated for them. Believe me, the NRA is the least of the citizen disarmament advocates' problems.

Confronting bigots with their own mortality is a sure way to explain to them the seriousness of their misguided actions. - TotC

01 April, 2011

Friday Fun Track

Just damn good music, played by real musicians.