Archive for February, 2010

February 27, 2010

Slappin’ leather

Holsterpalooza

Rambo Rifles?

Newsweek Businessweek looks at AR-15s and their success.

The science is settled

1. The Institute is concerned that, unless the disclosed e-mails are proved to be forgeries or adaptations, worrying implications arise for the integrity of scientific research in this field and for the credibility of the scientific method as practised in this context.

2. The CRU e-mails as published on the internet provide prima facie evidence of determined and co-ordinated refusals to comply with honourable scientific traditions and freedom of information law. The principle that scientists should be willing to expose their ideas and results to independent testing and replication by others, which requires the open exchange of data, procedures and materials, is vital. The lack of compliance has been confirmed by the findings of the Information Commissioner. This extends well beyond the CRU itself – most of the e-mails were exchanged with researchers in a number of other international institutions who are also involved in the formulation of the IPCC’s conclusions on climate change.

Institute of Physics

More on the ATF’s Airsoft Machine Guns

Gunsmiths try to make them work but they don’t:

we’ve had gunsmiths try to make a WE TTI lower work with a real steel upper, and it is true that a AR trigger pack will sit in a WE lower, but the trigger mechanism is inoperable with the WE lower unless you heavily modify the body. these are not readily convertible as per customs argument.

Not a holster problem?

Mentioned earlier where it was reported that an unholstered gun went off and killed someone. It looks like a murder now.

February 26, 2010

Uuunnngghh

US Appeals Court rules zombies have free speech rights.

Wow

Remember that breast implant that stopped a round? Yeah, the round it stopped came from an SKS. Presuming the media named the gun right, which is questionable.

What media bias?

What does whiskey-voiced even mean?

Obama’s Facebook Page

Heh: What is this, hockey for retards?

Bleg: File Server

Need a reliable and easy to set up server for sharing files among multiple people in an office. Perhaps there’s even a secure online version people recommend?

Update: Oh, and the office isn’t wired. Has to be wireless.

Update 2: Dropbox seems to fit the bill. Quite nice.

Memo To DOJ

Look, I’m not breaking my rule on pointing out that fed agencies read my blog and then get all ZOMFG!!!eleven about. But, pro-tip, it’s called the Akins Accelerator not the Atkins Accelerator. Just doing my part to help or whatever so you’re not wasting my tax dollars.

Quote of the Day

Tam on how more than half of respondents said the fed.gov big and powerful enough to be an immediate threat to our freedom:

If not even CNN could slant their question enough to get a vote of confidence for fed.gov…

Blind man shoots IDPA

Nice. With video

Post Heller

How to buy and register a handgun in the District of Columbia

Via insty.

Sign of the Times

Ran some errands yesterday and drove by the Knoxville Hummer dealer. Big signs say 50% off. Apparently, you should get them while you can:

General Motors’ sale of its Hummer line to a Chinese company is off. So unless GM can pull off a miracle, it looks like the end of the road for the giant gas-guzzlers.

Why we win

You’ll recall the Larimer County Sheriff Jim Alderden who said he would not enforce a university gun ban because it was wrong-headed. Apparently, he’s been getting a lot of email and has responded. I received a copy of his email:

I may have already responded to some of you so if this is redundant, please forgive me. I have been overwhelmed with e-mails regarding my position on the CSU rule prohibiting students, faculty or staff from carrying anything on campus that may be used in self-defense; i.e. concealed handgun, mace, or stun gun. This is incredibly irresponsible.

I have received 170 e-mails from all corners and coasts of the United States supporting my position. I haven’t had such a response since my Third Annual Politically Incorrect Christmas tree Decorating Party or the Balloon Boy incident. For those of you who haven’t made the connection, yes, I’m the overweight bald Sheriff who was at the center of the Balloon Boy Hoax. I tried responding individually to your e-mails to express my appreciation for your kind words, but it soon became evident that I wasn’t going to be able to. I do have a few other things on my plate. To each of you, please accept my humble appreciation for your support and encouragement.

By the way, I did get one negative e-mail. 170 to 1, and it wasn’t from Dr. Frank, the CSU President.

Many of you have suggested that I run for higher office. I have said it before, but I don’t think there is any higher office than that of Sheriff. It is an office that gives me the most direct contact with the people and the best opportunity to act rather autonomously to do the right thing. I only have to answer to the public, not the politicians. In any event, I’m about to wrap up a 38 year career and my 12th as Sheriff. I would love to hang around but Colorado enacted term limits several years ago to ensure that the most qualified and competent people can’t remain in office too long.

Again, thank you for taking the time to write but my position really wasn’t a difficult or courageous decision to make as some of you have implied. It was simply the right thing to do and in keeping with my sworn oath.

Where were the Brady grassroots?

Gun Porn

Savage / Stevens 350 Pump Security

Pointy.

A kind of Bazookas

Size D breast implants may have saved a woman from a gun shot.

Bonus quote: don’t go getting breast enhancements as a means to deflect a possible incoming bullet.

Another Tennessee Gun Maker

I was unaware we had a high end 1911 manufacturer nearby.

Carry Activism

How they see us. How we are.

Shooting Competition

I was told there would be no math.

Small government

There’s a law in Tennessee that says a barber shop can’t have a fish tank. So, the legislature is looking at getting rid of that law. Some are poking fun. Being that I am a small government sort, I’m glad they’re doing this instead of something. You see, we have a lot of laws that are stupid and/or unnecessary and I think we should encourage them weed those laws out. Even if it sounds silly.

Laws are for little people

More than 70% of congressional offices violate OSHA standards.

Smart Phones and PCs

Eric S. Raymond: How smartphones will disrupt PCs.

One box to do it all. I think either that will be the case or we will, essentially, move toward a new terminal type structure. That is, all of our stuff is kept on the internet somewhere and we just have various boxes (PCs, phones, etc.) to access all our stuff. Interesting times.

More on ATF Seizing Airsoft guns

Some more discussion on the issue of airsoft guns that can be converted to machine guns. Seems to me that you cannot possibly get a fire control group into that lower receiver. And, according to my sooper seekrit sources, a standard AR-15 magazine will not fit into the air soft receiver.

Authentic Old School Tactical

Heh

Accountability

PATRIOT Act passes senate on voice vote. What Bruce said.

Palin at the NRA Convention

I asked a bit back who was going. Sarah Palin apparently decided she had to meet me:

The National Rifle Associationís fourth-annual Celebration of American Values Leadership Forum will be held on Friday, May 14 in Charlotte, North Carolina from noon to 4:30 p.m. It will feature Governor Sarah Palin and other national leaders.

It’s not the crime

Well, Ok, it is the crime. But the cover up makes it interesting:

A former New Orleans police lieutenant pleaded guilty Wednesday to obstruction of justice in connection with the police shootings of civilians in the days after Hurricane Katrina and court documents unsealed with the plea suggest that other officers will be indicted in the case.

I can has wookie-suiter

I did not know that The City (My The City) actually had a Libertarian Party. They even have a blog.

Remember, I do this to entertain me, not you.

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