Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Jutland

100 years ago.

Arguably the biggest naval battle up to that time.  To be eclipsed by Leyte about 30 years later.

Wow.  100 years.  Seems like only yesterday I was a Snotty serving on HMS Lion

Wait, that wasn't me.





The Battle of Jutland Animation from NIck on Vimeo.

Monday, May 30, 2016

Remembering

We only learnt more details of my grandfather relatively recently.  And I think about him now at this time every year now. 

You see, he may have been killed in September of '44, but he left for the Marines the day after my Mom was born two years before that.  Her birthday happens to be on or around Memorial Day.  Saw my mom, left for the Marines the next day.


Lots of memorable things to remember around this time.  Memorial Day was also the time I reported to this current job over a decade ago.  Well, the day after.  And four years ago, Memorial Day, was my last cigarette.  I think it was four.  I am not sure.  I am sure it was Memorial Day.  

I am indeed fortunate I don't have anything closer to me than a fallen grandfather to remember this day.  Other folks aren't so lucky.

Sunday, May 29, 2016

More Winning

Noticing more and more work related team-builds are involving range trips.  Something you'd not have seen around these parts 30 years ago when Bernie Goetz was in the news for his trial.  This is MARYLAND.  Not Sparta. 


Heck, 10 or 20 years ago it would be noticeably iffy in these parts.  I used to refer to the gun show, only 10 years ago, with one or two co-workers as "the place you get beef jerky" so as to not advertise firearms.  Now everyone on the office talks guns so much it's not a thing to worry about.  I purposely still don't talk guns so I can listen.  Old habits of not wanting to be the nail that sticks up too high, partly.  The other part is convos are mostly gun-forum derp.

Saturday, May 28, 2016

Our Achilles Heel

"You realize what this means, right? Anti-gun people should vote against Hillary to keep guns out of the hands of the American people. --Joe"


Yup.  Vote for nothing but 2nd Amendment supporters for a few cycles, gun banners.  The gun factories will grow moribund for lack of sales.  Us gunnies will get lulled to sleep.  The gun culture will prove to be a mere fad.  Us old fat white men will die off THEN you strike! 

Go on.  It's your best strategy.  But you are too chicken to try it. 

Friday, May 27, 2016

Out of Pocket

Gonna be a bit busy for a week or few.  I hope i can still put up something daily.  But the well is getting a bit dry this week


This was the first year I got around to voting in the NRA.  I researched the candidates, picked ones that seemed effective and endorsed by bloggers I trust, eschewed clebrities, and didn't vote for or against Grover Norquist, who seems to have become a sad little man, Romney-esque in stature.  But the stuff against him seemed a bit forced. 


Keep that in mind #NeverTrump types.  I couldn't bring myself to vote for Romney in 2012.  Put him on as a third party now and I won't even bother to go to the polls for the down ballot.  WTF is wrong with you?    YOUR party is on the cusp of a landslide victory, the likes of which hasn't been seen in 30 years and you are trying to ruin it by shoe horning ROMNEY onto the ballot?  I didn't vote for him then, I am no longer voting for the  Romney/McCain/Dole/Bush type again.  If you serviced your voting constituency half as well as the Dems do there wouldn't BE a Trump.


"You need to vote for Gary Johnson, T-Bolt!"  No thanks.  I don't want to smoke the Reefer, and these Libertarians all seem to be one trick ponies.  Reefer, REEFER, REEFER!!! Two tricks if you consider 'be Bat-Shite crazy!' to be a policy position.  Which is a shame, really.   What about McAfee?  DOUBLE Bat-Shite. 

A FOUR way race with Bernie and Mitt, which then goes to Mitt?  That is really smokin' Lucifer's Lettuce there.  Just divorced from reality at that point.

Thursday, May 26, 2016

What's old

Is new again!








Couric Apologizes

for all her failures.

Poor Katie Couric

Katie is going full Rather

You NEVER go full Rather!








Lying propaganda puff piece. Poor thing. She's really circling the drain. I feel bad for her in a way.

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Range Relax







































Only one off the black.

I started with the upper right shoot n see. Not relaxed enough. Switch to the left. Better. Midway through that I, just for giggles, did the other un-pastered targets. Apparently that was when I was tired as I got that one miss and the others aren't good. The last four of the day are a return to the paper targets where I forced myself to relax. And those may have been my best four. I circled them in sharpie.

When tense I get low and right.  When relaxed it looks like a sun setting on the horizon, a half circle above the center line. 

I need to do a whole range day with half circle above the horizontal center line.  That would be good personal progress.  Gotta get in the weekly habit this summer.  Ooo, I need more .22.

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Islandwana

When I saw this movie on cable...



I could have sworn is it was as green and England.  Not as buff as Africa.  Goes to show how you memory plays trick on you.

Ni, literally, the color in my memory was as green as a Spring lawn.  But in hindsight that makes no sense.

Monday, May 23, 2016

Winning Political Strategy

How gun violence prevention finally became a winning political platform.


Wait a minnit....  Don't you have to actually... win... and election on an issue for that issue to be considered a winning one?  Did a lot of pro-Freedom pols lose a seat in 2014?  Are firearms rights an albatross for this election coming in November? 


Just because David Axelrod has some wishful thinking doesn't mean it is high wisdom, and is certainly premature.


People didn't buy guns in record numbers, across parties, across regions, across demographic lines, just to turn them in to the Police Confiscation centers.  A passel of states didn't just expand their CCW rules just for the Feds to pre-empt them.


Hundreds of thousands flocked to Shannon Watts Facebook page?  Clicked the Like button?  How much did that cost the thousands.  Didn't MILLIONS flock to the NRA and sent in their hard earned money in the form of dues?  More than hitting a Like.

Counting chickens, The Hill?


Sunday, May 22, 2016

The Angle They Take

The Gun Banning hoplophobes.  Like Attorney General Frosh.


The cases have gone against them, they can't deny that.  They concede publicly that there is a 2nd Amendment right. 


Hooray, they admit that.  Now you are 'disarmed'.  You think you've one, getting that concession


No, while they say there is a right, under their breath they are saying "and it is meaningless"


They can still ban guns that aren't for use in legal purposes!  And to Frosh legal purpose is, now, only self-defense in the home, because that is what the court ruled and confirmed.  Anti-Tyranny purposes aren't legal to his mind.  Self defense outside the home aren't legal in his mind.  Banning ARs is fine, for him.  Banning magazines is fine for him.  They aren't used for legal purposes.  You have to back him into another corner, HARD, to get the next concession.   


That appears to be the angle he, and those of his ilk, are taking.  Like Bill Clinton, just parse the issue to death to mean what they want.  Watch them when they do that, and oppose them.  They are slippery.

Saturday, May 21, 2016

MD Good Gun News

You know how they dumped a buncha new restrictions on us in this state in 2013 under future president, then governor, O'Malley?

Well, the EVIL Governor Hogan managed to roll back one of the restrictions!

When you go to reapply for you photo-ID Pistol Purchase Permit when it expires?  You don't need to be fingerprinted again.   They'll just use the fingerprints of yours they already have on file, loyal subject.

Baby steps.  Thanks Governor.

At least when some court requires this state to card you at the voting polls I'll have this state issued ID to show them.

Friday, May 20, 2016

DC CCW

Yeah, yeah, of course I saw the judge talking about conceal carry in DC.  (summary:  the judge seems dubious about the May Issue part where you have to justify exercising the right)


Yeah, yeah, I know it has a lot of impact on my state that surround the District and on which they based their legal requirements. 


But I can't get excited about it, you know?  Even if President Lord Business was already inaugurated and he had already gotten his first choice of his former opponent Ted Cruz nominated and seated on the Supreme Court.  It's gonna take a while to wend this through and to hold the recalcitrant tyrants' feets to the fire.  I'll get excited when that is closer.


Oh, I think it's gonna happen.  Just not tomorrow.

I do like that this is becoming a habit.  Some judge going "Huh, this right may need strict scrutiny," keeps happening.  Over and over.  It comes to nothing, but it adds another data point to the list.  You'd never hear a judge musing like this in an ruling in 1976 or 1986...  It's a significant thing that it is happening more and more now.   I'm not the only one that has noticed this.

Fingers crossed, that the right thing may be done.



Thursday, May 19, 2016

Gun Factories

Do you think that Eli Whitney really got into musket manufactury and mass production in the North as revenge for the South stealing his revolutionary (but simple enough to copy) invention of the Cotton Gin?  Because he knew that the Gin's expansion of Slavery would lead to the North having to give the South and ass-whooping over it in the near future?

The implication in this seems to steal a bit of a march with that leap.  Sure it did sort of work out like that in hindsight, but I am doubting it was Whitney's conscious design.  I would be pleased to be pointed to supporting evidence.

But the article has a decent overview of the effort of the early US military-industrial complex of 200 years ago.  A co-op that is an important stepping stone on the US firearms industry of today.  And it delves into the fledgling civilian market with Colt and Remington, too.  A decent little primer, this.  Despite it being Politico.

They go a long way to sum it up in the concluding paragraph.

"Decades later, in the early 1900s, early “gun control” advocates would try to impose more regulation on the industry, and still do today. But gun production and sale, for decades, had developed as a commercial enterprise. As the political aftermath of Aurora, and Newtown, and Charleston has shown us, it has been a challenging bell to unring. "

See, it's the filthy lucre from the giganto gun industry, is implied.  Not noting how small that industry really is.