Monday, November 30, 2009

Mag-Fed 20MM Rifle...

...manuafactured by Anzio Ironworks Corp. The website says the rifle has a 5000 yard maximum range. So why does a law enforcement agency, like say the FBI, need a weapon that fires a 20mm round much less two of them? Just wondering?

H/T to Uncle.

Sig Sauer P250 2SUM

Two guns for the price of one. I carry a P229 in .40 at work and have found the SIGS to be damn good weapons. Not my favorite mind you, but good nonetheless. If I had the cash I'd consider this.

H/T to Uncle.

Sunday, November 29, 2009

Four police officers murdered in Washington State.

He walked into a coffee shop and shot the four officers. All were killed. One officer may have returned fire wounding their attacker. No one else in the shop was injured. It seems clear that the officers were targeted. My condolences to the family and co-workers of the slain. I hope their murderer is captured quickly.

No further comment at this time.

Update: As of Monday Morning the suspect is still at large. He was apparently shot in the abdomen by one of his victims so I doubt he's gone far.

My daughter made this Zombie...


The Copenhagen Climate Summit is...

...scheduled for December 7th. Does anyone else find that ominous?

Saturday, November 28, 2009

I spent most of the day...

...working the Duke v Wake Forest football game then went home to engage in that special holiday hell of putting up Christmas decorations. My wife constantly bitches about the condition of our yard identifying us to the neighbors as rednecks. This concern disappears around Christmas when she has me put up enough lights and other decorations to take away any doubt.


...Donald Westlake's, AKA Richard Stark's, The Outfit. Maybe the blurb on the cover should have read, some people you just don't want to fuck with...

Friday, November 27, 2009

South Carolina's tax holiday for the ...

...purchase of firearms is this weekend. This oughta save Bloomberg a few bucks when he sends his cronies down to South Carolina to make illegal straw purchases. And Michael Daly, if life was so great in New York City we wouldn't have so many "Damn Yankees" fleeing "paradise" for the South.

Thanks to Tam

Thursday, November 26, 2009

The retail wars have begun...

...and I'm out to quest for a bicycle for eight year old Ruthie. Apparently Toys R Us is starting Black Friday when Friday begins and they've got just the one she wants at a cut rate price. Wish me luck. Some of my competitors are actually mothers. Hey, I may have misspelled it.

Update: Arrived in Hell a little after midnight and spent two and one half hours on the checkout line to find the item I wanted didn't go on sale until 5 AM. Place was bug fuck nuts. Left without Ruthie's bicycle and went next door to Target. Stood in line two hours then got what I went after there with less than twenty minutes in the store. Then back to Toys R Us to get the bike. The store looked like swarm of locust had gone through it. I did get the bicycle. No too bad and nobody died.

Climategate: The Code

First, I'm computer literate to the point I can operate a PC and put together my own machine from parts. I know jack about computer code so if my terminology isn't correct, forgive me. That being said, apparently only about 5% of the material hacked from the University of East Anglia's Climatic Research Unit server was email. The rest was...well, data. Data which offers a particularly interesting story to those interested in the theory of man-made climate change. Here is a computer expert's take on it.

Thanks to the geekwitha45.

38 State Attorneys General signed...

...on to an amicus brief supporting incorporation in McDonald v Chicago. Others have a hell of a lot more knowledge on this than I. As a North Carolina resident, I'm happy to note that our State Attorney General, Roy Cooper, was one of the thirty-eight. Thank you AG Cooper.


Are the SEIU thugs the functional equivalent of zombies? Just wondering....


FMTT. This is funny.

By way of Tam.

Happy Thanksgiving Day

I posted this last year and it's worth posting again.

To all a Happy Thanksgiving. I hope you're able to spend this day with family and/or friends. To those of you overseas and in harm's way, you're in our prayers.

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Happy Anniversary to... I've been blogging for a year.

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

You are know by the company you keep...

...and its long been obvious that U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand [NY-D] suckered gun owners when she was appointed to the Senate. She is not and never was our friend. Gillibrand, along with Carolyn McCarthy, and the support of Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Police Commissioner Ray Kelly, Mayors Against IllegalGuns, the Brady Campaign and New Yorkers Against Gun Violence has introduced the Gun Trafficking Prevention Act. Sebastian comments on it here. Nothing this group pushes has any redeeming qualities for gun owners.

Quote of the Day

The right to be let alone is indeed the beginning of all freedom. - Public Utilities Commission v. Pollak, Justice William O. Douglas (1952)

Quote of the Day

If there must be trouble, let it be in my day, that my child may have peace. - Thomas Paine

On Zero Tolerance...

I thought the whole idea of "zero-tolerance" was to show that the problem was so serious that intelligence and common sense would not be allowed in the implementation of policy. This serves to give a valuable lesson to students -- when something is really serious, you must make sure not to think. - Fritz Sands

That pretty much says it all.

From Joe Huffman.

Monday, November 23, 2009

NRA's Amicus Brief Supporting McDonald

A majority of both the House and Senate signed in support including, from North Carolina,...

Howard Coble - R
Virginia Foxx - R
Walter Jones - R
Lawrence Kissel - D
Patrick McHenry - R
Sue Myrick - R
Heath Schuler - D
Richard Burr - R
Kay Hagan - D

No real suprises here except that Hagan signed on.

When seconds count...

This audio gave me chills. It is of of a conversation between a 911 Communicator and a woman with a stalker outside her door. When he broke in and attacked her, she defended herself by shooting him three times and killing him. The police were "almost there". Had she not been armed does anyone doubt how it would have turned out?

H/T to Joe Huffman.

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Zero Tolerance expands...

In the People's Republic of California a 16 year old was expelled for having an unloaded shotgun secured in his truck. He had gone hunting with a friend before school. Standard zero tolerance bullshit, right? Except this kid's truck was parked off campus outside the jurisdiction of the school. The school officials offered several rationales for their decision. In the end it's still not school property so it's none of their damn business.

H/T to Sebastian

Saturday, November 21, 2009

KelTec PMR-30

When these hit the market I'd like to test fire one of them. I've a feeling I'd like it. Don't know why. I've never been a fan of KelTec, but this looks interesting.

H/T to Uncle.

Is the Obama Administration pushing for gun regisration?

Sure looks like it.
After explaining and defending his decision to give enemy combatants constitutional protections and the right to public trial in civilian courts, Attorney General Holder revealed his support for a national gun owner registration scheme and authorizing the government to ban firearm possession for any person by merely adding that person's name to the terror watch list.

Drawing reasonable conclusions from what Holder publicly said, we now know:

Holder wants a national, permanent gun registration system administered by law enforcement. A registration of honest citizens that have cleared the federal background check for gun purchases with those records permanently retained by and shared among law enforcement.

Holder wants new federal authority to prohibit any person on the federal watch list (reported to be 400,000 names) from buying guns and supports confiscating guns from those on the list who possess them.
The Obama Administration is not our friend. Obama has previously used Holder to float ideas/proposals and gage the reaction. His comments on an assault weapons ban a few months ago were pretty much rejected out of hand. If they don't get the same reaction on this invitation to a slippery slope the next thing we know they'll be pushing a bill in Congress. Write your Congress critters and let them know what you think on this one.

H/T to Stranger

If you can't win an argument based on the facts...

...cheat. At least that's what it looks like a few scientists who have based their reputations on the validity of man-made global warming have done. sixty-one God bless their law-breaking geeky little hearts. Hackers broke into a database at the University of East Anglia's Climatic Research Unit and came away with 61 MB of emails that bring into question the honesty of the researchers pushing man-made global warming. Maybe they have motivations other than science?

Heh! Hackers, God bless their law-breaking geeky hearts.

Friday, November 20, 2009

GI Joe: The Rise of Cobra...crap

I have fond memories of Marvel's GI Joe comic book. Considering the source material was a toy line the writer Larry Hama worked wonders. The cartoons were crap and I never cared for them. Against my better judgement, I watched GI Joe: The Rise of Cobra the other day. Having read what others had to say about it I should have known better. Internationalist crap with no regard for the comics or for that matter the crappy cartoon. I did like the accelerator suits but only for the thought that now somebody could make a decent adaptation of Starship Troopers. That somebody would not be the pornographer who made the first one or the director of this mess. If you want to see a properly made GI Joe movie check out the animated GI Joe: Resolute. It tries for a more realistic approach and is geared more toward an older audience. I liked it.

More lies, same agenda

An old meme is being given new impetus by the anti-gunners. They've been trying to ban those on the anti-terror watch list from purchasing firearms. This suits them fine since there are millions on the list, some justly, others not, and no appeals process for the nots. Now they claim that the Fort Hood shooter was on said watch list and if the ban was in place he wouldn't have been able to get the guns to carry out his act of terror. As Uncle notes, its not true.

It's only another way for our enemies to push their agenda, and they try with the usual lies and misinformation. That's nothing new.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Wednesday, November 18, 2009


Finally watched it.

Hash, firearms, Bill Murray in zombie make-up, and the sure and certain knowledge that this would not end well.


Tuesday, November 17, 2009

New Trial for Cory Maye

There is enough disturbing about this case that a new trial is the right thing to do. Maye is in his apartment asleep with his child when his door is kicked in and he shoots the intruder. Turns out the intruder is a cop involved in a drug raid and son of the local police chief. Maye was charged and convicted of murder. There are valid questions as to whether trial was fair. Hell, there are valid questions as to whether Maye should have been charged at all. Now maybe they can be resolved.

Good cop, Bad kitty

H/T to Roberta.

Carry and get a big dog...

I read about this on a couple of blogs. I'm glad Brigid wasn't harmed. Too bad the dog didn't get a piece of ass [couldn't resist, sorry].

Brigid's right. You can still be a victim in even the nicest neighborhoods. I've lived in Durham, North Carolina or nearby all my life. Durham is a crime ridden shithole. Its my home. The local LEOs do a good job, but the truth is the truth. In 37 years neither my home nor car was broken into then I bought a house in the county and the house has been broken into twice and the van once. The second time the house got broken into my wife walked in on the shitbird [I think I've blogged on this once before] and by the grace of God saw him out the back door by means of a .22 pistol. She missed. He ran. I had to replace the blow out glass in the storm door, and I'm sure he had to change his pants. No problems since. I'm glad my wife had the means to defend herself and the kids. You can't depend solely on the cops. You have to take responsibility for your own safety. That's a lesson you don't want to learn the hard way.

Monday, November 16, 2009

A thought...

I was typing in the label stateists on the Hugo Chavez' destruction of 30,000 guns post when the Dead Statemen label popped up. My thought...we should be so lucky.

Venezuela destroys 30,000 guns

Venezuela destroys 30,000 guns in alleged response to a high violent crime rate. Considering Hugo Chavez' track record consolidating power in the hands of his thugs is the more likely explanation. We'll see how this crime control measure works out for them.

Canada has gotten rid...

...of their long gun registry. By all accounts its a huge waste of money and largely ignored by gun owners. How often do politicians vote to eliminate a standing bureaucracy and reduce gun control? Amazing! There may be hope for Canada yet.

H/T to Uncle

Sunday, November 15, 2009

From Paul Helmle's ass... Bill Mann's mouth. This column written by Mann regurgitates the same old lies Helmke and other left wing anti-gun ideologues have been spouting. Nothing new here at all just the usual misinformation intended to sway the uninformed oh yeah and piss off gun owners. There's not one original thought in this trash and because of that fault more and more people know this fucktard and his ilk for what they are...desperate

Saturday, November 14, 2009


...In the Stormy Red Sky by David Drake. I like David Drake's books. I started reading his Hammer's Slammers stories and for a while read everything he wrote but then I stopped. The books he was writing got dark and I just didn't enjoy his solo novels. That's probably more of a reflection on me than his writing. I did continue to read most of his collaborations with other authors avidly. Then I picked up Redliners and found that I could read his solo novels again. I especially like the Lt. Leary novels. Damn good space opera. I had trouble getting into his latest. Not the book's fault. I have a pile of books and the order keeps shifting. Now I'm into it and its as good as the others. Go pick up a copy and enjoy.

Friday, November 13, 2009

Fox cancels Dollhouse

Bastards! Fox canceled Dollhouse. At least they let Whedon finish up the 13 episodes in this season so they'll be a DVD.

The Short List

Martin Gross provides a list of the ten most destructive government actions.
H/T to Uncle.

A call for a AWB renewal

The private Joint Mexican-US Task Force has made its recommendations and among them is a renewal of the Assault Weapons Ban. Whether or not the Democrats or the Obama Administration want to stick their hands in that hornets nest remains to be seen, but we can't let our guard down for a moment. Pelosi and friends have already demonstrated they'll do whatever it takes to push through their agenda. They don't care what line they cross.

Allahu Akbar

From Attack Cartoons

1 Million Xbox Live Players Banned

The fact that Microsoft booted over a million clients from its live gaming service for playing bootleg games on their Xboxes doesn't bother me. Downloading the games is illegal. What does bother me is how they knew these people had modified their Xboxes so they could play bootlegs. Did Microsoft put some hardware or software in their product designed to narc on the owners? And if they did this with their game boxes what little suprises are there in their operating systems. Linux is sounding better every day.

Update: I think I had a duh moment. If the banned used the bootlegs to play online that is probably how Microsoft IDed them. If not my concerns still stand.

From Information Week

H/T to Rational Review

Thursday, November 12, 2009

FL: Mother of three shoots intruder.

In Orlando an intruder tried to kick in the door of a home occupied by a mother and her three children. She shot him. He did not survive. I guess he didn't hear the one about corning a mother and her cubs. No loss.

I do like this.

H/T to Kevin.

It's Shariah

Pamela Geller argues that the refusal by our leadership to criticize Islam in response to the Fort Hood attack isn't political correctness, it de facto Shariah.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Sometimes you just have to shrug...

...and shake your head in wonder?

N.C. school selling test scores to raise funds

Last years chocolate sale didn't pull in the needed funds so this year they're selling twenty extra points to the students on two tests of their choice. According to the principal that's OK because it won't have a major impact on the students final grades.


Veterans Day

If you are currently serving in the United States Military or have at any time in the past served...thanks.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Fort Hood

What happened at Fort Hood didn't have to happen. By all accounts the indicators were there that Major Nidal Malik Hasan was primed for his own personal jihad, and no one did a damn thing to stop him before he could carry it out. Then there's the governement's policy that prohibits soldiers from having the means to defend themselves on base. Hasan committed an act of terror and murder but he was enabled by the failures of others who could and should have done better.

J. Neil Schulman's blog

J. Neil Schulman has a blog. Here's a taste of what's in store for you. Neil wrote Alongside Night and The Rainbow Cadenza and I'll read most anything he writes.

H/T to Roberta.

Monday, November 9, 2009

Pelosi's Intolerable Act

The Intolerable Acts
That hadn't occured to me, but that about sums it up.

Sunday, November 8, 2009

The Slippery Slope

Go read this at Kevin's then read the comments. The path the Left is taking us down isn't new. The Brits have already walked it.

House: Health Care Passes...


The Obama/Pelosi Health Care Takeover and Keep the Democrats in Power Bill passed the House 220-215. Obama, Pelosi and their socialist/fascist fellow travelers are gloating. The Senate is now the battleground and we need to kill this bill there. We also need to remember those elected officails in the House who voted for this thing come 2010 and 2012 then kick 'em to curb.

Saturday, November 7, 2009


The other day I was talking to a friend of mine who runs a used bookstore and he pointed me toward the novels of Donald Westlake written under the psuedonym Richard Stark. For the most part the fiction I read is science fiction. The only crime novelist I read with any regularity is Max Allan Collins. His Nate Heler books are fine historical crime novels. The Quarry books are good crime noir. His others run hot and cold for me. I tried one of Westlake's Dortmunder books about twenty years ago was was less than impressed. At the library the Wednesday I picked up Stark's The Hunter and have about twenty pages to go. The novel has been adapted into two movies, Point Blank and Payback, and I liked both. The book is better and I'll be looking up the rest of the Parker novels.

Friday, November 6, 2009

Waving the bloody shirt

Paul Helmke and those gits at the Joyce Foundation didn't wait long to start waving the bloody shirt did they. Helmke wants to kill a proposal by Sen. Richard Burr that would allow veterans adjudged mentally incompetant regain their rights after successful treatment. Some twit conected to the Joyce Foundation argued if military personnel with all their training and discipline can't be trusted with firearms civilians shouldn't be. Can't these people let the rest a bit or even more so let us get all the facts before they start dancing in the blood of innocents. I guess they can't let a crisis go to waste.

H/T to Thirdpower.

Just what we need.

The news has been going in the background most of the day while I do other things. Then I heard Shepard Smith on Fox News say lawmakers are considering what to do to keep events like the shooting at Fort Hood from happening again.

And all I can imagine is a knee jerk reaction that ignores all reason and is guaranteed to screw us all. What else is government for?

Thursday, November 5, 2009

AK vs. AR vs. Mosin Nagant

A needed laugh.

TX: Seven Shot at Fort Hood

Seven dead and at least thirty wounded. One shooter in custody. Two others being sought. Both shooters were reportedly in uniform. More at Uncle's.

My oldest daughter's boyfriend is stationed there. No word from him yet.

Update: Her boyfriend's fine.

Update: 12 dead. 31 wounded. One shooter. He was a soldier. Responding police killed him. Two other suspected soldiers in custody. One police officer killed. I thought I heard a handgun was used. Not sure.

Two handguns.

I'm leaving it alone now until we get something besides talking heads repeating themselves over and over and talking to politicians who know no more than we do.

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

The moral the political class and media...

...should be getting out of the House race in NY-23 isn't that it is the first Democrat to hold the upstate New York seat since the Civil War but that a third party candidate walked away with at least 45% of the vote. The Republican candidate had to go publicly to the dark side to insure a Democrat victory. 2010 will be interesting.

Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement

Apparently the United States Government is engaged in negotiating a treaty on copyright. The Obama Administration has classified it as secret for reasons of national security or more likely so it does not have to release the details before its signed and ratified. The few leaked bits noted here give me the strong impression that our elected officials owe more to the RIAA, MPAA, and other industry organizations than they do to the people who vote for them. But what else is new?

H/T to Radley.

A visual aid

From Red Planet Cartoons via the Cajun.

MAIG Mayors

Michael Bloomberg won a third term in New York City. Eh! Its not like he's gonna stop attacking gun owners if he loses the election. With his money he can afford to continue his vendetta in office or not. At least in office its a little easier to keep an on him. Hell, I can hope.

One of Bloomberg's fellow travelers in MAIG, Mayor Bill Bell of Durham NC, won re-election. That's a damn shame but really no surprise Durham being Durham.

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Lone Star Planet

Just finished reading H. Beam Piper's Lone Star Planet. Its as good the umpteenth time as the first. Its out of print so find a used copy or go the Project Gutenberg and download a copy for free.

Monday, November 2, 2009

Teletubby turns to crime

In London Ontario a guy dressed in a purple Teletubby costume, packing heat, robbed a lady and got away with her cash. Police later stopped a guy for questioning but it was the wrong Teletubby.

Having caught an episode of that show with my kids I can only say I'm sorry the victim wasn't armed and so couldn't reduce the Teletubby population to three. Maybe next Halloween.

H/T to Jeff.

Hi-jacking the party

Sadly, these inexplicable comments represent what is now the mainstream of a Republican Party that has been hijacked by an extremist far right-wing faction that craves ideological purity, will purge dissent, and offer nothing but reactionary opposition to progress," DNC spokesman Brad Woodhouse said in a statement.
That comment was in response to a statement made by NC Representative Virginia Foxx that I could really care less about. Woodhouse's statement on the other hand I do care about. Woodhouse, the Republican Party hasn't been hi-jacked by the far right wing. It's just that the base of the Republican Party has decided they want their party back, and they want candidates that are ideologically discernible from left-wing Democrat dicks like you.

NC: Home invaders shot

A home in Rowan County was robbed twice in the same week. The first time they got the contents of the home owners' safe. The second time they got lead. The home owner left one wounded in the garage and exchanged fire with the other as the robber fled. No fatalities and the robbers are in custody. I'm a bit curious to know if the home owner was a gun owner before the first home invasion or if he saw the light during the interval. In any event the end result is as it should be.

November 3rd... an election day in many districts. If you have the opportunity to vote tomorrow please go vote. Before you do read this, then vote your conscience.

Its not like this is any suprise...

NEA's reading recommendation. Another damn good reason to home school your kids.

H/T to Bob

It's Just Not Fair!

An essay buy L. Neil Smith. Go. Read.

Gun Blogger needs help

Clayton Cramer has done top notch work in support of the Second Amendment. He needs a job. I believe he's based out of Idaho so if anyone can help let him know at blogmail at claytoncramer dot com.

H/T to Bill Quick

Sunday, November 1, 2009

IA: Sixth Grader suspended for bringing empty shell casings to school.

In Des Moines an elementary school principal suspended a sixth-grader for bringing fired shell casings to school. the 11 year old collected the empty brass while on vacation and brought them to school to show her science teacher. The school policy under which the girl was suspended makes no reference to empty casings.
Principal Randy Gordon said the shells were considered ammunition even though they were empty, and were therefore against school policy.
Another example of stupid zero tolerance polices. Fired shell casings present no threat to anyone. Zero tolerance policies exist only because bureaucrats are cowards afraid that if they use discretion they'll get sued. The only way to break them is to sue and show them that such cowardice has it consequences as well. Hope the mother sues and wins.

This date in history

1765 – The British Parliament enacts the Stamp Act on the 13 colonies in order to help pay for British military operations in North America. Remember no taxation without representation? It was repealed in 1766 due to opposition from the American Colonies and British manufacturers and merchants. Taxation the seeds of the American Revolution.

1859 – The current Cape Lookout, North Carolina, lighthouse is lit for the first time. Its first-order Fresnel lens can be seen for about 19 miles (30 kilometers), in good conditions.

Obamacare PSA

To the trial lawyers: Is that a politician in your pocket or....

...are you happy to see me.

So much for any medical malpractice tort reform...
Section 2531, entitled “Medical Liability Alternatives,” establishes an incentive program for states to adopt and implement alternatives to medical liability litigation. [But]…… a state is not eligible for the incentive payments if that state puts a law on the books that limits attorneys’ fees or imposes caps on damages.
That's all right. They're only looking after our best interests.

Pelosi Health Care Screw You Bill

There may be a reason gun control has been on the back burner in the Democrat Congress. Why approach such a divisive issue head on when you can get what you want by sneaking it in from the flank. Note this from an evaluation of the Pelosi Health Care Bill posted over at Redstate. .
The language in section 224 is broad enough to allow the secretary to not only require coverage for politically correct purposes (such as sex change operations and same-sex couples), but also to exclude coverage for “dangerous” activities such as hunting and keeping a gun in the house for self-defense.

On the last point, the bill’s “wellness” initiatives (such as section 112(b)’s “qualified wellness program”) may also be used to impose gun control, notwithstanding section 211’s supposed bar on consideration of preexisting conditions.
This has the potential to do more harm to gun owners than any assault weapons bill ever could. Gun control is only one of the many reasons to oppose this near 2000 page extended middle finger to the American people. Call, write, or email your elected representatives and tell them the consequences of of a yea vote on this bill. Do it now.