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20th-Sep-2010 12:23 am - What may be my final post here!
I am moving on out to Blogger.

Please check out the new place and be nice.
Really Pissed
I direct you to the tragic tale of the Dr William Petit Jr family of Cheshire, Connecticut.

The mother paid the killers the $15,000 they asked for and it did not save her or her two daughters. Dr. Petit is alive because they didn't spend more time finishing him off and he managed to, literally, wriggle to safety while the killers murdered his family.

Mrs Petit told the teller at the bank what was going on and the police reacted too slowly to do anything.

This, more than anything else convinces me that I am on my own for at least the first thirty minutes once the bad guys make their presence known.

Arm yourself and keep it handy. You never know how much time you'll get to secure your gun.
13th-Sep-2010 03:17 pm - Rights...
6.8 Vote

The owner of the restaurant has every right to set rules for their establishment, including telling parents of screaming children to fix the problem.

Ms Chambliss is too typical of the parent of a special needs child; over sensitive to any slight. I hate to break it to you, ma'am, but I've seen a lot of these kids now and some of them should not be in restaurants. Where have I seen these children? They are my son's classmates.

I too am a parent of a special needs child. If I am unable to get Jesse to behave, there is no reason at all to ruin the dining experience for the whole place. Luckily, Jesse is high enough functioning to be able to behave most times.

Unspoken in the article is what level her child is at. I'm going to assume that her child is not functioning at a very high level since she takes immediate offense. Get over yourself, ma'am.
13th-Sep-2010 10:31 am - Ammo
Talking with Brett last night and I am struck that so few books on guns or ammunition give any sort of context about their development.

Like how John Moses Browning (pbuh) was working hard on a .41 caliber round for his next pistol design when the Army asked for, "like that, but in .45 please." The M-1911 could have been in .41 ACP except the Cavalry felt that it wouldn't reliably put a horse down.

Perhaps how .38 Special is a "magnum" version of the .38 Long Colt? And that .38 caliber was considered "too much is more than enough" because .32 was all you really needed to stop someone.

Even more rare is how "what is already in the inventory" affects both ammunition and arm decisions. I've had people deny the effect, but if it's not true why are there no .276 Garands at the CMP?
7th-Sep-2010 03:18 am - Ah HA!
Geff helped me put my finger on it.

It's not atheists that bother me. It's anti-christian bigots who call themselves atheists that bother me.

It's obvious once you talk to them for a while that the anti-christian thing is all that matters. They don't get all frothy about Jews or Moslems. In fact, they go out of their way to avoid pissing off moslems; gee wonder why?

The core point of the previous two paragraphs is: it's wrong to blame everyone who's part of a larger group just because a subset of that group is being offensive!

Another thing he helped me realize: If the Ground Zero Mosque people were really interested in a dialog between Islam and the rest of us, once they were informed of how pissed their plan was making people, they'd have said, "Sorry about that," and picked a new location. But it's not about dialog, it's a victory memorial.

Speaking of victory memorials:,theGiantCrescentPDF.pdf,ItPointsToMeccaPDF.pdf,TowerSundialPDF.pdf,%20the%2044blocksJPG.pdf

3rd-Sep-2010 06:22 pm - Shooting lefty.
Gun Geek Thing 3
I practice wrong-handed for about 1/3 of my shooting. It's good practice for if your good arm stops working for some reason.

My biggest problem, I can see, will be getting the gun out of its holster and not the controls being set up for a right hander. All of my holsters are strong side, strong hand carry. Especially the pocket holsters.

Manipulating the safety wrong handed is the hardest part, because I am assuming no right hand to use. It requires holding it a bit wrong, but it's not too bad with the 1911 or P238. Those are the hardest guns to work left handed for me. Reloading the revolvers is irritating because the swing-out is sided.

Not a single semi-rifle I have is hard to operate lefty because they are all two handed guns anyway. The bolt guns, that's where the suckage really starts.

Bottom line: Learn to operate your firearms with the wrong paw! It could save your life.
3rd-Sep-2010 03:31 pm - Worst guns
There's a bit of a meme running around the gun-blogs about "what was your worst gun?"

I am lucky in that I have never really gotten a gun I have loathed.

The revolvers I inherited from Grampa are about the worst guns I have ever owned for trigger pull. Iver Johnson and H&R were known for being affordable, not being silky smooth, so my expectations are met. Grampa was also clearly not a man who took meticulous care of his guns.

My Ruger Mini-14 was a frustrating rifle. Wobbly iron sights, B-Square scope mount that wouldn't stay tightened and a zero that would change from session to session. I didn't particularly care for the proprietary magazines, but they were at least reasonably abundant. I gave up on it and bought a Daewoo DR200.

The DR200 was a workmanlike gun, it never failed me. The front sight was at least 3/16" wide and the rear had a teensy little aperture, making you think that you could get better accuracy that you could. That front sight would block a man-size target completely out at just 50 yards. Better aim for center mass, because that's all you'll be able to see! It took normal M16 magazines, which was a plus; but it got labeled an non-sporting gun and imports were banned, that took the importer out and parts disappeared. I didn't want a gun that I couldn't get parts for, so I started getting AR-15s.

My luck with some guns did not extend to the next owner. The L1A1 clone I built on an Entréprise Arms receiver was fine for me, fine for the next owner, never worked for the next. Sorry Eric. It was probably fixable, by someone who know a lot more about the FAL than we do.
3rd-Sep-2010 12:32 am - Come my birthday...
Really Pissed
Next birthday, my driver's license expires.  To renew I will need to bring

Primary Identification
Which is one of the following:
Certified United States birth certificate, including territories and District of Columbia
Valid United States Passport or Passport Card
Consular Report of Birth Abroad
Certificate of Naturalization, Form N-550 or Form N-570
Certificate of Citizenship, Form N-560 or Form N-561

Proof of Social Security Number
Which is:
Social Security Card
W-2 form
Pay check
Any 1099

AND! TWO Proofs of Residential Address
Which means any two of the following:
Deed, mortgage, monthly mortgage statement, mortgage payment booklet or residential rental/lease agreement
Florida Voter Registration Card
Florida Vehicle Registration or Title
Florida Boat Registration or Title (if living on a boat/houseboat)
A statement from a parent, step-parent or legal guardian of an applicant. The parent or guardian must reside at the same residence address, accompany the applicant and present "Proof of Residence Address"
A utility hook up or work order dated within 60 days of the application
Automobile Payment Booklet
Selective Service Card
Medical or health card with address listed
Current homeowner's insurance policy or bill
Current automobile insurance policy or bill
Educational institution transcript forms for the current school year
Unexpired professional license issued by a government agency in the U.S.
W-2 form or 1099 form
Form DS2019, Certificate of Eligibility for Exchange Visitor (J-1) status
A letter from a homeless shelter, transitional service provider, or a half-way house verifying that the customer resides at the shelter address
Utility bills, not more than two months old
Mail from financial institutions; including checking, savings, or investment account statements, not more than two months old
Mail from Federal, State, County or City government agencies (including city and county agencies)
Transients' Sexual Offender/Predator/Career Offender: - FDLE Registration form completed by local sheriff's department

All that to get a driver's license. Something is rotten in Denmark.

This makes me feel just like when I fill out a 4473. You know, the form that the Supreme Court says felons don't have to fill out because of self incrimination? The form which entire point of is to prevent felons from buying guns.
31st-Aug-2010 11:46 am - I've said this too!
Rifle Geek
I just hadn't said it well, or fired near so many rounds to prove it.

Vuurwapen Blog


Defense Review

Both articles confirmed something I had figured out on my own, the AR is already a piston system.  The bolt carrier is a spigot piston.  Those articles also show that the "shits where it eats" people should really shut up now.  I clean my rifles after every trip to the range more out of a concern for corrosion than carbon because I don't get to shoot as often as I'd like.

In my experience with M16's in the Army, they jammed when using blanks.  I never had a single failure with live ammunition.  However, that doesn't say much since, as a tank crewman, I didn't shoot the M16 much.  One qualification on an M16A1 in OSUT and two quals with my line unit with the M16A2 don't make me an authority, but I did shoot expert!

I noticed that both articles mention that they discarded magazine failures when considering the reliability.  I think that is a very telling portion of this debate.  I would be fascinated by a study that sees how the AR magazine affects the reliability of other guns.

When I got my first AR15 I still had a Daewoo DR200.  I discovered that the AR mags I had on hand worked happily in the DR200 but would mis-feed the third from the last round with the AR.  Replacing the black follower with orange Magpul cured the problem in my AR, but there was no issue in the Daewoo.  I have always found that very odd.
29th-Aug-2010 01:32 pm - Truth in sentencing
Really Pissed
I wish to renew my strenuous objection to lifetime bans to owning firearms for felons.

If we feel we cannot trust someone with a gun, I don't think we can trust them outside of a prison.

If I can trust them with knives, gasoline or behind the wheel of a tractor trailer then we can trust them with a gun too.
New Hotness
Build nuke plants. Make gasoline.

Remember when I said there's naught difference in the tail-pipe emissions? That's because no matter if we're burning gas or E85 we've really got the tail-pipe to CO2, water and some trace compounds for aroma.

The engineers had essentially won the emissions war.

Notice that the debate changes from ozone, oxides of nitrogen, sulphur, etc. and becomes a debate about how much carbon dioxide is emitted once we have sequential multi-port fuel injection and cars that have 436 horsepower getting 30 miles per gallon? To put that in perspective, my '79 Camaro (not emissions legal) got 16 miles per gallon and put out about 200 hp; '86 Civic got 40 mpg, but only had 60 hp and the '91 Biscayne with a '95 engine gets 21 mpg with an output of 250 hp.


The pic is from a 34 mile run from a friend's place to home, almost all interstate running the speed limit.

Do you see the progression?

The irritating thing about this entire, tiresome, debate is that the solution is always the same; no more burning fossil fuels. Since the gas crisis in the early seventies, how many problems have arose where the solution was to stop burning? It's always the same people and organizations finding the problems too. That makes me suspicious.

We had one, count them, one incident with a nuclear reactor in this country. In that incident, the safety systems worked and there was no catastrophe. Compare and contrast Three Mile Island with Chernobyl. Three Mile Island killed nuclear power here because the environmentalists latched onto the accident and got outstandingly sympathetic press.

Step one: Tell the greenies to shut up, fuck off, and get them out of the way.
Step two: Fission baby!
Step three: Use the energy produced to make gas.
Step four: Burn baby burn!

The Germans were making gasoline from scratch in WW2. It's not efficient. We start doing it on a larger scale, we will learn more about the process and then we can refine and improve upon it. What manufacturing gasoline from scratch does is change is from an energy source to a method of energy storage. Other advantages should appear too; this will be very pure gasoline with hardly any of the contaminants found in natural petroleum. Synthetic motor oil has discovered this as well.

It's been said that if gasoline didn't exist, we would have to invent it. I think that's true. It's easily transported, stored, and transferred. It has an amazing energy density. All we have to do is admit that CO2 is not Sarin and let people burn it.
25th-Aug-2010 12:15 pm - Assumptions
Really Pissed
I don't go off half cocked about a lot of car things. I do a lot of research before making conclusions.

The previous post is seven points from a 400 level econ term paper. I got an A, but the paper itself is lost thanks to a failed hard drive.

I am not going to re-research the entire thing just to refute an anonymous commenter. I will point out that when you post chemical reactions, you should use real world data and not theoretical. The reactions listed (and deleted for not signing their post) were correct, for standard temperature and pressure in a pure oxygen environment. Those equations are not correct in an engine combustion chamber. Nitrogen is liberated from the air and sulfur from impurities in the gasoline and oil. No fuel is as pure as that theoretical reaction. You need to crack some college level dynamic forces engineering and do some calculus to get the conditions that you then apply to your chemistry equations. It's messy.

Tailpipe measurements trump theoretical output anyway and the measured results are not as wide as the theoretical.

Other advice, when doing a point by point rebuttal, actually address the point being made; don't change it to an unrelated tangent. For example talking about ease of filling the tank in the point about energy density. I never said E85 was harder to put into the tank than normal gas, I just said it takes a lot more of it to get the same work.

And sign your work! You're posting it, own it. If you don't own it, I toss it.

Do it like this; after you're done, hit return, hyphen twice, then put your name.
24th-Aug-2010 08:58 am - E85
New Hotness
E85 is not a good idea.

1. It's burning food. We're going to need that food someday and having it committed to be burnt is foolish at best.

2. It's not economical. Without massive subsidies it would not be made or sold. It costs more than regular gas to make, ship and store. You might see a lower price at the pump, but that's only because taxes from other places have paid the portion you are not at the moment.

3. It's not economical. Ethyl alcohol is less energy dense than gasoline. To get the same energy out, you must burn more of it. This means you cannot go as far on a tank of fuel and need to fill up more often. This effect is noticeable with even E15 and E10.

4. There's an illusion of "more pep" because it's got a higher octane rating than normal gas. This allows the timing to be run more advanced. This makes things happen sooner, but unlike most other fuels with higher octane; it has a lower energy content. What you are getting is things happening sooner, but actually slower. Put a clock on it. 0-60 is slower. 1/4 mile is slower.

5. The entire reason it exists is based on an enormous fraud! Global warming; or rather Anthropogenic Global Climate Change. We don't have a large effect on the climate and because of that, burning food will not have a positive effect. See the big glowing ball of fusion in the sky that's there ALL DAMN DAY?? There's your climate change engine.

6. It's not doing what you think it's doing. CO2 emissions are essentially identical to normal gasoline combustion. Remember how it takes more E85 to get the same work done? That means that E85 emits more CO2 for the same work as gas. But wait! It gets better! Gas doesn't have the CO2 emissions from tractors planting, tending and harvesting grain. Gas doesn't have CO2 emissions from the distilling process of turning food into alcohol.

In short, alcohol based fuels are stupid. Crowing the advantages of them makes you look stupid. If this hurts your feelings, I am sorry. Pointing out stuff like this costs me friends. I can't help but think that people wish to be ignorant of how things work deliberately.

The terms "economical" and "sustainable" are used in rebuttal to claims made by boosters of E85. No source of energy is sustainable if you run the time table out far enough. Economical is used where "cheaper" should be, and E85 is not cheaper. If it truly was, then the developers would just put it out there for the market to buy; and a truly cheaper option would sell.

Burning food is really burning the food that food eats since it is made from field corn for the most part. The prices of beef at the supermarket are 50% higher than before the mandate. If that's not true at your local market, check to see if your state has a beef subsidy (Iowa and Texas reportedly do, but I have not confirmed that).

The lack of arable land will eventually matter. The world population is growing and someday we will have to decide between food or fuel on a field that's growing feedstock for alcohol. It's inevitable. It's just as true that we'll eventually have a large enough population that even growing food any place it's possible, there will be famine. Why rush it for nothing?

"True Cost" is exactly that. It's what something costs with all things considered. Cost at the pump is not the true cost, that the adjusted cost. $2.399 (say) for E85 is less the per gallon subsidy paid to the retailer, less the subsidy paid to the manufacturer, less the subsidy paid to the corn farmer. True cost would be $2.399 PLUS all the subsidies. Which is a lot more than the price of an unsubsidized gallon of gasoline, even premium.
23rd-Aug-2010 03:50 pm - About that multi-name mosque
Rauf had better be careful about the tack he is taking to put his mosque in a provocative place. That exact same reasoning can be used to justify all manner of businesses that are offensive to Moslems.

Geff mentioned several in his post.

After getting the thing shoved up our ass under the "first amendment right" justification, you'd better bet that we're going to see all manner of things next door to and across the street from it. Rauf and his buddies had better suck it up and ignore it too. If they resort to the violence that Islam is famous for in retaliation the people opposed to the mosque can say, "Told you so," and rip it down.

Good news though, the heavily unionized construction industry in NYC is basically refusing to work the job. I would hate to attempt to build anything there without the union's cooperation since they are heavily entwined with the building inspectors and code enforcement. "I see the code calls for a type 252-R Pitney Flange here and I don't see one on your plans or on site; let alone the accompanying safety wire on the bolts and there's clearly inadequate grounding for it built into the electrical system. I'm afraid all work must stop until the plans are amended and approved and the site passes a second inspection for compliance. I wouldn't try to get a variance on this on, Judge Steinberg is a stickler for the code as written."

This brings me to another thought about this. I am sick and fucking tired of being told how I have to so gorram tolerant of visitors in my own gorram country while they can shit on the fucking carpet. Want some respect from me? Show some.
16th-Aug-2010 12:07 pm - In line with that hope...
I've been reading that the electorate is waking up and becoming engaged. Good! From what my friends have been talking about, that assessment is correct.

People are upset about the state of the State. Also good.

Americans are a generous people. Sometimes to a fault. We give where others pretend not to have heard the call.

Despite the "rude american" image we are also extremely polite. When we are being generous, all we ask is you wipe your feet and don't call Mom a whore. Easy.

While we are generous, we cannot stand moochers. The moochers have us examining the state of affairs with Welfare, Medicaid, Medicare, and the border.

What we are seeing is our generosity has given our government entirely too much power over our lives and we're not happy about it. The groggy giant smashed the snooze button when it attempted to let Congress know that we DID NOT WANT the health care monstrosity. Congress should have listened.

The upcoming election will be pivotal. If changes aren't made in DC, there will be an uproar. I am not exaggerating that the nation has not been this divided since the Civil War. The percentages are such that if the people in fly-over are ignored gallows could be erected. We want our country back and we're to the point where we're about ready to kill to get it. I would be far better for a vote to decide it.
13th-Aug-2010 01:28 am - Hope.
Something I most definitely need now.

I'll add though:

The US has not been this divided since the Civil War. He's correct in pointing out that we were more divided though.

He points out Jim Crow and the Indian Wars as examples of the "police state" being worse than now; I beg to differ. The scope is smaller now, but the scale is far larger with a clear intent of making it worse.

However, I join him in his optimism for what the future holds.
10th-Aug-2010 05:49 pm - Quote of the random interval...
"The traditional reward for fighting out of uniform was a drumhead trial, a blindfold and a cigarette, (although we probably wouldn't use the cigarette these days because they cause cancer.)"

Tam. From:
9th-Aug-2010 12:55 am - Happy Nagasaki Day!
"You mean you were out?!" みじめな悪臭を放つ嘘つき! 信頼できる軍産複合体を信頼できなければか。
6th-Aug-2010 01:24 pm - Happy Hiroshima Day!
Thanks Enola Gay!
3rd-Aug-2010 07:02 pm - Mayhem in Mass!
Approximately thirty people were killed in Massechusetts during a "blogger shoot". The presence of semiautomaticassaultweapons is suspected to be the principle cause of the carnage.

Several of the bloggers slain in the massacre claim that nobody was hurt, let alone killed, but we all know how "those people" lie.
2nd-Aug-2010 08:13 am - Everything old is new again...
Rifle Geek
The new M855A1 round has an exposed steel tip to increase penetration against hard targets.

Gene Stoner added a 4-40 screw to the nose of some early 5.56x45mm, creating an exposed steel tip, to accomplish much the same thing back when there wasn't even an XM16 yet...
2nd-Aug-2010 07:58 am - I suspected, but could not prove...
Really Pissed
I've said for a long time that the media spoke with a suspiciously unified voice.

I had attributed it to there being so very few owners of the large outlets and that they just happened to agree with one another.

The recent kerfluffle about JournaList shows that the members of the media are willing to conspire to push their agenda. Conspire and lie about it.

This explains a great deal.

It was impossible to talk about how Bill Clinton committed perjury when all we could talk about was that getting fellatio was OK or even admirable.

When the topic was how admirable fellatio was, it was impossible to talk about how that act was sexual harassment.

It was impossible to talk about how I disagreed with Bush Jr's spending when I had to prove he wasn't Hitler.

It was impossible to express my concerns about how Obama assassinated the character of Joe the Plumber while attempting to explain that Sarah Palin wasn't really a moron.

I couldn't talk about my concerns about how the Obama campaign squelched the local media in Missouri or how ACORN might have been committing voter registration fraud when the media flat refused to report on it and was unified about how the one channel, Fox, that talked about it was wholly owned by the Republican party. I notice that nobody is talking much about how the margin of error in the Minnesota senate campaign was determined by illegally registered felons.

Never mind that if the Republicans owning Fox is wrong, then the Democrats owning the rest is just as wrong.

A republic hinges on a well informed electorate. Intentional misinformation runs counter to the needs of a free nation. I would call it treasonous; I am not alone.
1st-Aug-2010 06:28 pm - Out!
6.8 Vote
Instead of the party of no, I want the party of out.

Out of my gun cabinet.
Out of my medicine chest.
Out of my cigarette case.
Out of my humidor.
Out of my liquor cabinet.
Out of my marriage.
Out of my bedroom.
Out of my bank account.
Out of my garage.
Out of my life!

That covers it; generally and specifically.
31st-Jul-2010 01:09 pm - Hey, now...
6.8 Vote
I recently noticed this:

I notice the max penalty is death and that there's no weasel wording exempting any level of government.

I wholeheartedly endorse charging more government employees with violations of 18 USC §241.
29th-Jul-2010 10:18 pm - I feel so DIRTY
You are 21% hippie.

You're not in the lowest bracket of non-hippie-hood, but you're close. I advise a field trip to a food co-op or a farmer's market. Do a few interviews and take notes, because there will be a quiz next week to see if you've learned anything.

Are you a hippie?
Take More Quizzes

21st-Jul-2010 01:22 pm - Dirty underhanded tactics.
The problem with using them is that they are available to both sides.

If you are counting on the other side not resorting to them, you'd better win fast and win big. Big as in completely.

If the other side notices that it will not win unless it stoops to your level and realizes it must to keep from being eliminated forever, it will start to fight dirty too. At this time you do not get to cry foul.

If your dirty tactics are just barely letting you win, and win slow and small; you should consider giving the high road a try. When the other side gives up on it, you will be screwed.
20th-Jul-2010 12:40 pm - I don't care.
Seems a private of the 1st Battalion, Royal Gurkha Rifles took the head of a dead Taliban commander when time was short so that they could prove they had, indeed, killed the right guy.

Local rabble rousers are all up in arms about how this is a great insult to Islam. Something about how the entire body has to be interred to have chance at heaven.

I don't care. C'est le Guerre! You want to be buried whole, stop shooting at Allied troops. Stop setting up IED. Stop making war on us and we'll stop making war on you. That's how we operate.

Because it is war, and I aim that you be dead because of it, I don't give two shits about how you feel about it. I don't care that you don't want to be dead. I don't care if you approve of the methods employed to kill you. I don't care. I could, perhaps, care if you showed any inclination at all to fight like men and follow the generous framework of the rules of war we follow while hunting you. You don't respect my beliefs about how to treat prisoners or their corpses; why the hell should I respect yours?

You're insulted by what this Gurkha did? I am insulted by Mogadeshu and Fallujah. You showed me how you wanted your corpses to be treated then, I am just following your example. See how this works? You want me to follow your rules, you have to also follow mine.
19th-Jul-2010 04:05 pm - Evil Zionist Rifle Conspiracy!

Kaylee and Jasmine together.

I can't explain the allure of the Izzy configurations for me.

As far back as high-school I wanted a Galil ARM. I never got one, kinda glad now, but the interest in what the IDF issues has remained.
Rifle Geek
Kaylee is my first AR. She's the second one I built all by myself and the third I had a hand in. Dave's pile of Bushmaster parts was the first one I helped with. Geff's Moose was the first one I built alone because I wanted to take detailed pics of Kaylee's build.

She is named after Kaylee from "Firefly".

Kaylee, as I mentioned before was supposed to be as close to an XM177E2 as I could make without going NFA. Since I knew that I couldn't get it exact, I dubbed her XM177E3, a "what-if" the carbine program had not resulted in the M4.  My making of Sabrina, a very accurate clone of an XM177E2 and Becky's making of Cheyenne, a 90% clone of an R653 made me decide to drop the facade of retro from her and make her into something of a late R723 full M4A1 clone (with a 16" barrel).  I never really wanted an M4gery so I have settled on an Israeli configuration.

You will notice that both my camera and my photography skills change... I think for the better.

These histories will be moved to the current date as changes are made.

Pics below the fold.Collapse )
19th-Jul-2010 12:49 am - I use .380...
I am going to attempt to prove that this is really a blog.

The Firearm Blog, in association with Lucky Gunner is running a contest where a blogger posts about the contest and is put into a drawing for 1,000 rounds of .380. This is my entry.

If this is a blog, then I will be a contestant.
18th-Jul-2010 05:48 pm - Whom?

I write like
Cory Doctorow

I Write Like by Mémoires, Mac journal software. Analyze your writing!

18th-Jul-2010 02:54 pm - A chilling thought.
I've been one to compare the Democratic party to Nazis, Fascists and Communists.

It just hit me: What party was in charge when the US set up concentration camps during WW2?
17th-Jul-2010 04:14 pm - I have figured it out!
I was reading this: and he pointed out the definition of commerce:

Main Entry: 1com·merce
Pronunciation: \ˈkä-(ˌ)mərs\
Function: noun
Etymology: Middle French, from Latin commercium, from com- + merc-, merx merchandise
Date: 1537

1 : social intercourse : interchange of ideas, opinions, or sentiments
2 : the exchange or buying and selling of commodities on a large scale involving transportation from place to place
3 : sexual intercourse
synonyms see business

Since we are being fucked by congress using the commerce clause, I think they are using definition 3 not 2.
15th-Jul-2010 09:37 am - Advice

Calling someone who is a bigot a racist tends to work because they know they are and are aware that society disapproves. You can get a bit of shame going on there and that gets them to change. If that shame thing doesn't work out, they tend to overcompensate and become obviously bigoted to others and then the changes are affected by outside pressure.

Calling someone who is not a bigot a racist, however, doesn't work. They know they are not a racist and that you are wrong. This doesn't have any incentive to pressure them to change; they know they are already embodying the ideal you are espousing. Enlisting outsiders to pressure them into "changing" doesn't work because they are already not racists and can't change into something they already are.

What this accusation really does is make them think (or realize) that your organization is not working for the ideal of racial equality at all, but rather have another agenda only tangentially related to racism (at best) or that your organization is just as racist as white power groups (at worst).

You should also take note that the people whom you are calling racists formed a group large enough to affect policy nearly spontaneously in a very short time frame. A group that is likely large enough to be able to ignore you because the sanctions you impose are readily and easily bypassed. Your one tool to influence the majority was guilt over slavery and "Jim Crow". When you abandon the high ground and make baseless accusations, that guilt evaporates as if it had never been; and honestly your tirades have been tiresome for some time, you're making this easy for us. But this is the hill you've chosen to die on, so be it.
14th-Jul-2010 01:06 pm - Izzyfication of Jasmine (an FAL).
Rifle Geek
This is how she came.

Then I added a carrying handle and ditched the P-Rail for the sheet-metal dust cover. FALs really aren't tack-driving accurate enough to rate optics.

Then I added a set of Israeli heavy barrel handguards. The standard FN style are way too narrow and they cause unnecessary fatigue from gripping too hard.

Thanks to DSA making a lot more parts in the USA with the SA58 than they did with the StG58, this change does not affect the 922r compliance. Nor will changing the buttstock to a wooden one later because that part was never US made from DSA. Ironwood makes stocks here in the USA, so I should get one of those and my count will go up!

Thanks to Marv I now have a set of light barrel handguards and an Israeli buttstock. The wood sure is handsome!

The HB handguards were modified to fit and were just wrong. Marv heard my whining and volunteered to buy me a complete set of furniture. A loan, really, but still.

I have changed the charging handle and latch to the proper Israeli variations. The Izzy charging handle is unique in the FAL world in that it incorporates a forward assist. A real Romat has a groove cut in the rails of the bolt carrier; the knob of the charging handle can be pressed in, extending a stud into the groove allowing the bolt to be pushed forward. I have not bothered to cut that groove, so the charging handle just works like a normal one. I've also added a leather H&K G3 sling to be more period; the IDF used K.98k slings on their FALs.

11th-Jul-2010 09:33 am - Interesting
6.8 Vote
On the recent talk about the New Black Panthers getting away with voter intimidation.

Florida forbids firearms within polling places, but doesn't say how far away they must be kept.

Florida forbids "electioneering" within 50 yards of a polling place. It's a felony.

Voter intimidation is covered both under electioneering and assault.

It is legal for me to shoot someone to prevent a felony from taking place. Jurisprudence confirms that shooting someone to stop a violent felony is a rubber stamp item. Assault is a violent felony; especially since our New Black Panthers were armed with blunt instruments, making it assault with a deadly weapon.

So. Bring it; you racist hate mongers. I intend to vote and you will not stop me.

PS: I would not feel the need to point all of this out if the damned government had done a damn thing to prevent its future occurrences. Once again, it's up to the individual to do what needs be done.

PPS: I suspect that there will be no need for me to do anything since Florida is not Philadelphia.
6th-Jul-2010 08:23 am - Observation on racism.
I'm watching BAT*21 on Encore.

Danny Glover does an excellent job, no complaints about his role.

To make a concise story about a real event you almost have to composite characters. There was not a single observation plane with just one pilot doing all the flying. There were many planes and crews associated with the rescue.

That is not what this observation is about.

Danny Glover's character represents a composite character of all those crews. He is also black. I notice that this doesn't bother me. I realized that if the story as shown had been 100% accurate and Capt. Clark had been black, but was played by a white actor the race baiters would have a conniption.

Because there were so many crews, it's unlikely they were all black. The composition of the forces in that time frame makes it unlikely that many were. But they hired Danny Glover to play the character representing them.

No problem for me! I think I know where the racism is here.
5th-Jul-2010 06:50 am - OH! Him.
6.8 Vote
I was reading this: and the first comment gave me pause. I asked myself, "Who is this idiot?" Then I noticed the name and recognized it. It's Weer'd's bestest buddy!
5th-Jul-2010 05:54 am - He's right, this is ironic.
6.8 Vote–-incorporation-irony-and-history/

Money quote: "We have conservative justices authoring opinions which squarely confront the tragic legacy of race and its impact on American Constitutional history, while we have liberal justices wanting to largely skip over that history. We have on the other hand liberal justices pleading for states’ rights and federalism while conservative justices make the case for the soundness of incorporating the Bill of Rights as a matter of original intent."
3rd-Jul-2010 04:42 am - Yikes!
Blue Bow Tie
Offer to make a road trip to help Oleg out and he deletes the entire thread.


Makes me feel really unwanted.
Sam Adam Imperial Stout is tasty.

And DARK! That's my 2009 Hot Rod Power Tour glass. Clear glass with a black logo. Can you see it?

I had the camera in its normal program mode without flash, set on the tripod with a 2 sec delay on the shutter to let the vibration from pushing the button settle. The second picture required the use of the manual focus, which is very clunky.
1st-Jul-2010 11:46 pm - Shaved Wookie?
I only got a 63% Mostly because war is the killer app of the state and anarchy is the most fragile form of government, it falls apart at a touch.
1st-Jul-2010 06:38 pm - A pleasant thought occurs...
Heller referred to "weapons in common usage" several times when finding that the 2nd amendment really does protect and individual right.

Depending on how one defines common, that could mean anything the police are carrying. Perhaps especially so, since the police often state they carry firearms for self defense.

This line of reasoning could be an inroad to at least open up the registry to new MG applications. We should aim for repeal of the GCA 1934 while "compromising" and taking repeal of the Hughes amendment to the FOPA.

While we're there we should insist that since Title II firearms are "in common usage" that state bans on them should be nullified.

A possible outcome of my line of reasoning is that the police, being civilians, would have to abide by the same laws we do. I can accept that; for now. I don't think the cops will give up the MG's, so would go along with NFR registrations to keep from being included in the ban with the rest of us.
29th-Jun-2010 08:25 am - Prophetic
I have, on occasion, expressed that while I didn't particularly care for President Bush (43) I regarded him as far better than Gore or Kerry would have been.

Yesterday gave me the most concrete example I've ever had.

Chief Justice Roberts and Justice Alito are Bush appointees and both Heller and MacDonald were 5-4 rulings.

A Gore or Kerry win would have meant that Rehnquist and O'Connor would very likely have been replaced with justices who would not have supported the 2nd amendment. A 3-6 ruling on Heller would have prevented MacDonald from being filed and we would not have 14th amendment incorporation today.

I also note that Sotomayor did exactly as I expected her to.

Thomas did not do what I expected at all, and that's a good thing! I think his concurrence should have been the majority opinion. He seems to be the only member of the court who bothered to read the 14th. The slaughterhouse cases are a bad decision; refusing to fix that because it's been a long time since falls under "justice delayed is justice denied."

Scalia's concurrence can be paraphrased in one sentence, "Fuck you Stevens!"
28th-Jun-2010 01:04 pm - Fixing the wrong problem?
6.8 Vote
I recently read that the main problem with Arizona's new anti-illegal immigrant law is that the police can pull anyone over for any reason because the traffic laws are so Byzantine that you essentially cannot operate a vehicle at all without breaking one. This, in turn, allows the police to target brown people disproportionately.

I'd buy this, except... Nothing about the new law changes the traffic laws that the cops are supposed to be abusing. About the only thing valid about it is that the cops may now target people who "look Mexican" with the specific intent of checking their immigration status. But it doesn't change that the cops could single them out before the law change.

If you really want the police to be unable to profile like this, you need to make traffic enforcement less discretionary.
28th-Jun-2010 12:00 pm - The good news just keeps coming!
6.8 Vote
First I hear that the Supreme Court has ruled that the 2nd Amendment is incorporated by the 14th Amendment and that it applies to the states via the due process clause.

Then I hear that Sen Byrd has finally shuffled off this mortal coil.
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