Archive for March, 2008

March 31, 2008

Fun Facts About HK Fan Boys

#2: The H&K MK23 is so named because it’s operators must have 23 inch biceps to wield the foot long, four pound monstrosity.

More on that declining gun culture

Gun sales on the rise!

Do this, don’t do that

Reader Tim asks, re: the sign below, the following:

Would anyone take a position that the language of this firearm prohibition sign is substantially similar to that language specified by TCA 39-17-1359(a)? I would say it is NOT substantially similar and as such a person with a handgun carry permit could legally carry in this park. The following is the applicable TN Code:

39-17-1359. Prohibition at certain meetings — Posting notice. (a) An individual, corporation, business entity or local, state or federal government entity or agent thereof is authorized to prohibit the possession of weapons by any person otherwise authorized by §§ 39-17-1351 — 39-17-1360, at meetings conducted by, or on property owned, operated, or managed or under the control of the individual, corporation, business entity or government entity. Notice of the prohibition shall be posted. Posted notices shall be displayed in prominent locations, including all entrances primarily used by persons entering the building, portion of the building or buildings where weapon possession is prohibited. If the possession of weapons is also prohibited on the premises of the property as well as within the confines of a building located on the property, the notice shall be posted at all entrances to the premises that are primarily used by persons entering the property. The notice shall be in English but a notice may also be posted in any language used by patrons, customers or persons who frequent the place where weapon possession is prohibited. In addition to the sign, notice may also include the international circle and slash symbolizing the prohibition of the item within the circle. The sign shall be of a size that is plainly visible to the average person entering the building, premises or property and shall contain language substantially similar to the following:

PURSUANT TO § 39-17-1359, THE OWNER/OPERATOR OF THIS PROPERTY HAS BANNED WEAPONS ON THIS PROPERTY, OR WITHIN THIS BUILDING OR THIS PORTION OF THIS BUILDING. FAILURE TO COMPLY WITH THIS PROHIBITION IS PUNISHABLE AS A CRIMINAL ACT UNDER STATE LAW AND MAY SUBJECT THE VIOLATOR TO A FINE OF NOT MORE THAN FIVE HUNDRED DOLLARS ($500).

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Hawaii .50 Cal Ban

Ronnie Barrett responds by saying that he will not sell or service rifles to law-breakers. Good.

Barack Electric Boogaloo Obama on guns

Lying then or lying now? Who cares:

Late last year, in response to a Politico story about Obama’s answers to the original questionnaire, his aides said he “never saw or approved” the questionnaire.

They asserted the responses were filled out by a campaign aide who “unintentionally mischaracterize(d) his position.”

But a Politico examination determined that Obama was actually interviewed about the issues on the questionnaire by the liberal Chicago non-profit group that issued it. And it found that Obama – the day after sitting for the interview – filed an amended version of the questionnaire, which appears to contain Obama’s own handwritten notes adding to one answer

Update: More and some stuff on Clinton:

Who’d ever have dreamed that someday the two leading Democratic presidential candidates would be claiming they supported the Second Amendment individual right? (Both have fallen back to “but we can regulate it”).

I’ve been involved in this issue for decades, and so have a long term view. It’s been steadily downhill for the other side.

Read it all.

More on the Airplane Discharge

Alan Korwin and David Hardy both opine.

NFA Weapons in Kansas

Looks like victory is at hand.

It’s the end of the world as . . . oh, wait

Relax everybody, miniature black holes will not kill us all.

Cool

David Hardy’s film, In Search of the Second Amendment,will be shown at the Back Lot Film Festival.

Get Involved

NRA tells you how.

Quick Gun Links

Busy. Late start. Blah, blah. Some stuff:

DEA loses 90 weapons.

Kriss.

Guns in slow motion.

Assault Weapons hysteria continues to spread. You should enter that story into a google news search and note how many places it comes up.

March 29, 2008

Did you remember to turn out the lights?

You were supposed to turn out the lights damn it.

How can we save the planet if you can’t remember the simplest things?

Does this look like solidarity?

March 28, 2008

Fun fact

The Uncle household contains 14 trash cans.

I don’t know why but last night I decided to count them.

Update: I mentioned it to the wife. I was wrong. We have 16.

Update: Up to 17 now if you count the one under the shredder.

Airplane Discharge Update

TSA’s policy made the other biased Washington paper.

More on Ammo Prices

Last weekend, my buddy in Baghdad called. We were chatting away. He tells me that he’s going the next day to set off some ordnance. I ask him about it. He says he’s going to destroy some ammo. I say what kind. He says it was all kinds of military rounds, including 9mm, 5.56, 7.62, etc. About 200,000 rounds of it. It’s dangerous, just sitting around. I did some quick math and, at what I recently paid for 200 rounds of 5.56 (about $0.40 per round, btw), realized they were blowing up $80K worth of ammo. That’s just stupid. Mail that stuff home. Civilians want that surplus ammo.

Three wheeled electric vehicle bleg

Glenn Reynolds mentioned the Aptera. About three weeks ago, I saw on Pellissippi Parkway a three wheeled futuristic looking car. It was bright red. I thought it was odd and I was curious. I went home and some combination of googling three-wheeled vehicles lead me to believe it was an Aptera. The vehicle I saw sat two in the front. Anyway, turns out Aptera only has prototypes in Cali and all Aptera’s are white. So, obviously, what I saw was not an Aptera. Anyone know of a similar looking vehicle? Or, better yet, any of you seen a similar car around Knoxville/Blount County?

Fun Facts About HK Fan Boys

Larry (of Because you suck and we hate you fame) is addressing the HK Fanboys: here and here. Good stuff.

HK Fan Boy Fact: Most HK Fan Boys have never fired an HK.

Legacy

Gun Control in NY: Brought to you by Irish gangsters driven crazy by syphilis!

Poking Bob Ricker with a pointy stick

Women must never touch guns!

Salute

I’m with Guav, take her off the sex offender registry and give her a medal.

1,000 Words

The country formerly known as Great Britain.

More on the Airplane Discharge

Background here, here, and here.

Here’s pics.

The Airline Pilots Security Alliance has issues a statement (confirming what I said all along) that TSA policy is to blame:

Airline pilots and federal flight deck officers (FFDO) say ill-conceived TSA weapons handling rules were to blame for the accidental discharge of a pilot’s firearm in the cockpit of a US Airways jet last weekend.

Federal officers familiar with the investigation say they repeatedly warned TSA officials that an unprecedented TSA requirement that pilots take off and lock up their guns before leaving the cockpit is manifestly unsafe and would result in accidents.

“The pilot was trying to lock his gun and remove the holster in an airplane going 300 miles per hour in preparation for landing and the padlock depressed the trigger,” said a federal flight deck officer who declined to be identified. “TSA knew this could happen but didn’t get rid of the requirement.” . . . .

TSA policy requires unnecessary handling of the weapon which will of course increase the likelihood of an accidental or negligent discharge. Can the TSA get anything right? Brent questions TSA’s motives.

Via John Lott.

Update: Michael Bane has more.

Gun Porn

A gaggle of 357 wheel guns.

And holy crap:

Security Theater

Look out, she may have a bomb on those nips:

A Texas woman who claims she was forced to remove a nipple ring with pliers in order to board an airplane called Thursday for an apology by federal security agents and a civil rights investigation.

Pliers? Ouch.

Blogger runs for Senate

Mike Faulk is running for state senate, fourth district. I met him at one of the blogger bashes. He’s a nice guy.

Front Sight Training

Xenu sold separately.

A four part series on training at Front Sight: one, two, three, four.

For you language/con-law nerds

A discussion of the language of the second amendment.

March 27, 2008

Polls

You didn’t think I was going to go a day without poking fun of he who shall not be middle-named, did you?

Barack Wayne Obama seems to be weathering the polls despite the whole crazy reverend thing. Such an incident would have spelled the end of Barack Butros Butros Obama’s presidential bid if there was an R after his name.

on the news

Someone you know!

Today’s Idiot

Richard A. Benton:

There is one thing gun lovers won’t understand. It is very simple. The word that sums it up is: Technology.

Really? Have you seen some of the gun stuff today? Like red dot sights, guns that shoot around corners, etc. Seems we understand it fine.

And:

You can go on and on ad nauseam about mental health, drugs, depression, revenge, etc. But when push comes to shove, if there were no guns on this planet (and I mean all guns ) military, civilian — all) how would they respond to their dilemma?

Like they did before guns brought us civilization: pure brute force.