Archive for November, 2009

November 30, 2009

Not only do I play an Uncle on the internet, I’m one in real life too

A day with the nephews, who are 9. They came up yesterday and we did a little shooting, fixed a door, and played Mario Kart on the Wii. We got hungry and went for pizza. Get in my truck and Renegade by Hed (PE) was playing. Knowing that the lyrics were probably inappropriate for young ears, I turned the stereo to radio and Nickelback’s Rockstar was playing. The kids knew and sang every word. I was a bit ill at ease over them knowing lyrics about drug dealers on speed dial and whoring around. I don’t know that it was better than the occasional ‘nigga’ or f-bomb.

CMP Stuff

Rusty has the latest on getting guns from CMP.

Guns in Pop Culture

Thirdpower:

In a post last week, I’ld mentioned that I’ve seen a significant uptick in ‘Rightwing Extremist Militia’ type stories on TV shows and 9badly) made for TV movies. Kaveman then crawled out from under the trailer w/ a copy of the Jan. ’04 edition of America’s 1st Freedom that had an article, Advise and Decieve, about the Joyce Foundation funding a group whose purpose was to push for guns to be shown in a bad light in the media.

Several examples too.

Another newspaper needs page views

So, they’re going to put up a handgun carry permit database. This time in Indiana.

FN SCAR Review

Jeff Quinn reviews the FN SCAR with pics, video and a report.

The Tiahrt Bogeyman

The anti-gun lobby is ratcheting up their fight. One of the things on their wish list is to get rid of the Tiahrt amendment. So, they’re blaming the Fort Hood shooting on that amendment:

During the Clinton administration, the FBI had access to records of gun background checks for up to 180 days. But in 2003, Congress began requiring that the records be destroyed within 24 hours. This requirement, one of the many restrictions on gun data sponsored by Rep. Todd Tiahrt (R-Kan.), meant that Hasan’s investigators were blocked from searching records to determine whether he or other terrorist suspects had purchased guns. When Hasan walked out of Guns Galore in Killeen, Tex., the FBI had only 24 hours to recognize and flag the record — and then it was gone, forever.

Putting aside the gun issues, they say Hasan’s investigators were blocked? The same investigators who knew he was talking about Jihad with some clerics? And who knew that he was posting his little Johnny Jihad Fantasies on the internets? And said he was mostly harmless? Those investigators?

But on to the gun issues, destroying the records has been required since the Brady bill passed because congress doesn’t like the idea of a gun registry. And I don’t think the FBI is authorized to go looking through gun purchase records unless they’re tracing a firearm. Of course, the real reason Tiahrt is a threat to anti-gunners is because they want a database of the stuff to help in lawsuits against gun makers.

More from SIH.

And this is awesome:

You would think that someone who can spend $200 million of his own money to get elected mayor of New York City three times could afford copies of the U.S. Code and the Constitution. Not only does federal law stipulate the specific grounds for denying a person the right to arms, the Fourteenth Amendment states that no one shall be deprived of liberty without due process of law.

Evolution

The quest for high capacity, part 2. And Tam looks at vintage assault rifles.

Coolest pic you’ll see today

Comparison of pistol rounds.

On the Chicago Case

Alan Gura answers questions and discusses some of the why’s of the Chicago gun case.

Lautenberg in court

Reason’s Jacob Sullum looks at the 7th circuit decision regarding those convicted of a misdemeanor involving domestic violence and gun ownership.

Two for the price of one

The Sig 250 comes with a full size and compact frame.

Hack Center Gone

the end of the Joyce funded second amendment center. I hear those guys could get a job working on AGW.

Gun Porn

AAC Silence Shoot Sneak Peak

Daniel’s 1911 pistols

S&W with laser and bayonet

Tricked out Uzi

Those are cool and all

But why does the FBI need two 20mm suppressed rifles?

More Lasers

Over at Jay G’s place.

November 27, 2009

Dagwood

Best part of Thanksgiving good: a sammich. One slice of dad’s honey ham. One slice of my turkey. My homemade pickles. Swiss. American. Mayo. Between some of Kevin’s beer bread:

From Home Life

Update: Next time, needs bacon.

A Shopping Reminder

Linoge reminds us Brownells is having Black (Rifle) Friday.

Leftovers

I have them. Me and the wife have been putting them up all morning. Making some turkey stock now for some soup later in the week.

I hope you enjoyed thanksgiving.

November 26, 2009

Assault and nattering

I’m going to guess the result of this could be that our guys stop taking them alive.

Happy Thanksgiving

To you and yours.

November 25, 2009

Courage Pardoned

The AP notes Obama pardoned a turkey:

Thanks to the intervention of Malia and Sasha, because I was planning to eat this sucker, Courage will also be spared this terrible and delicious fate.

You should have eaten it. Sparing the turkey sends the wrong message to our enemies.

SayUncle v. The Light Nazi

Note: This is a post I wrote in 2002 when the blog was a pup and I had about three readers, two of which were me. So, in anticipation of the upcoming holidays, I post it again. Blogging over Thanksgiving will be light. I have about 7,000 people coming by and some food to prepare.

I have a few pet names for my lovely wife, such as sweetie and honey. I also refer to her, at least weekly, as the light nazi. My wife has this superpower to detect wasted electricity almost instantaneously. For example, if I leave a light on and exit the room, she immediately hones in on the room using her bizarre extrasensory capabilities (seriously, the Department of Homeland Security could probably use her to detect unusual electrical fluctuations). Upon her discovery that I am ‘heating the neighborhood’ or ‘letting the flies out,’ I’m in for a quick reminder to turn out lights and shut doors.

One problem I have with her ability is the fanatical zeal in which she enforces her duties as the sworn protector of home electrical efficiency. Another example: when I am in our office and have the lights on then decide I’d like a refreshing beverage, by the time I return from the kitchen the lights are off in the office. Also, in her zeal, she has turned lights off on me while I’m still in the room reading. She seems so obsessed with ‘saving that quarter’ that she occasionally fails to notice that someone is actually benefiting from the use of the electricity in question.

My wife apparently has been saving up all this electricity usage for the holidays. Every year, me and the wife also get into an argument over Christmas decorations. The argument stems from the fact she wants to put the decorations up right after Labor Day. Whereas, I prefer them to be put up about the second week of December. This past weekend, satisfied that she had saved up enough electricity to warrant decorating for the holidays, yours truly wound up doing a lot of work in preparation for the upcoming holidays. Until this past week, the wife and I were the only ones living in our subdivision. We just got a new neighbor so I suppose the new neighbor was the cause of the tackiness that is holiday decorations. Since, other than us, he’ll be the only one to see them. Unless of course people start driving down a new subdivision to look at houses in the dark.

On Saturday, the wife and I pulled all the holiday knickknacks out of the attic and started decorating the house. I argued about it less this year than ever. I basically said ‘honey, it’s not even Thanksgiving yet?’ and she replied with ‘but Thanksgiving is late this year.’ I shrugged and said ‘Oh.’ Learned helplessness has finally set in. I can just agree and do it quicker then I can disagree, argue, and wind up doing it anyway. Ah, the holiday spirit.

We put out our Frosty the Snowman salt and pepper shakers, put up our Christmas tree, put a Nativity scene on the mantle, and put out all the other stuff from the eight boxes that were in our attic labeled ‘Christmas.’ This took up half our day.

Sunday rolls around, and I find out the wife had bought about nine boxes of icicle lights. Yours truly was then taken to task to take said nine boxes of lights (at 300 lights per box) and trim the house with them. A friend came by to help. Fortunately for me, my friend had done this before. I hadn’t.

Your average SayUncle is about six feet, one inch tall and weighs about 170 pounds. Your average SayUncle is also lethargic on the weekends. And your average SayUncle’s natural habitat is some primitive, oblong, leather bedding (commonly referred to as a ‘couch’) where the SayUncle stalks its prey, the elusive Sam Adams and the only slightly less-elusive rum and Coke. Your average SayUncle is also poorly equipped for climbing steep inclines, which is a required skill when hanging 2,700 icicle lights. The reason the average SayUncle is so poorly equipped for climbing is because the largely sedentary SayUncle often catches several Sam Adams’ or rum and Cokes per day on the weekends, in between naps of course. Mind you, the only known SayUncle in existence hasn’t lived in its natural habitat since it wed the SayAuntie, who is hell bent on destroying the SayUncle’s natural habitat.

The friend shows up. We put the ladder up to the house and he climbs up. Then I climb up. I realize in about five seconds that my boots are poorly equipped for walking on the roof. You need something that allows you to bend your ankles. It was also at this point that I realized I’d never really used a ladder to climb on a roof before. And that I didn’t really know how to get from the roof to the ladder, and subsequently to the ground, safely. After my friend’s instruction, I figured the whole ladder thing out, climbed down, and put on some sneakers. Then it’s back up the ladder to discover my friend had already placed one box of lights. Then, I cut myself on the gutters. I refuse to climb down and am content to finish the job while bleeding on the hangers. We then develop a system in which I place the hangers and my friend inserts the icicle lights into the hangers. About three hours later (when it’s dark, but we’re working with lights so . . ) we’re done.

I call the wife. The friend calls his wife. And we all stand around outside looking out over our icicle lights and the lighted garland on the porch. My wife looks me lovingly in the eyes and smiles, she’s happy. I look at her and smile. The whole time thinking that we will waste more electricity on these Christmas lights this year than I will waste by leaving lights on for the rest of my life. Also, I hope our only neighbor appreciates the holiday display because I don’t think anyone else is going to be driving by our subdivision to look at our lights. I put my arm around my wife and smile again because I know that I’m bleeding on her holiday sweater.

With the light nazi appeased, the SayUncle was allowed briefly to return to his natural habitat before bedtime.

Happy holidays!

Ford to take on Gillibrand?

Rumors that former Tennessee Rep. Harold Ford, Jr. may make a run for Gillibrand’s senate seat in NY. Apparently, he moved there a bit back. Ford is decent on guns. Of course, Gillibrand used to be too.

A gun buy back

In Jackson, TN? Anyone confirm? If so, I have HR revolvers worth about $20. So, if you’re heading that way.

Here’s a band-aid and, now that my horse is gone, can you shut that door?

CNN:

Soldiers assigned to Fort Hood will have to register their personal firearms with the director of emergency services, he added. Fort Hood is home to some 50,000 active-duty soldiers and 18,000 of the soldiers’ family members.

Anti-Media

I might have to get this one too: Rise of the Anti-Media: In-forming America’s Concealed Weapon Carry Movement. As Bitter tells us it’s about how gun owners communicate even though many mainstream outlets are outright hostile to our political agendas. And not only do we merely communicate, we’re effective at political action.

A look at the terror watchlist

By the numbers:

An audit by the DoJ found a 35% error rate based on spot checks of names on the list.

But some of our legislators want to use that to deny you your civil rights.

Chicago Style

No, not pizza. Their policy of disarming everyone but the politically connected.

A cunning plan

Perhaps the gun control groups are a front for a group that gives misinformation to make catching terrorists easier?

Cult

The Holy Gospel of John (Moses Browning).