Saturday, June 15, 2019

Someone more eloquent than me

Discusses Depression Lust on the left that I also noticed 10 years ago.  NPR was BEGGING for bread lines.  "Next Christmas, the most appreciated gift will be food," because people won't be able to afford it.

It's not that a big economic downturn can't happen.  It surely can.  But geez, don't wish it into existence.


Old Tony

Friday, June 14, 2019

Feeling Poorly

Maybe more later.  Going to doctor.  Sure it is nothing.

Hey, it's only halfway-ish though June and I already got 24 posts.  Readership is down 66% from this time last year, unless I get a link from somebody.  

So why keep the blog up?  Habit.  Testing my self-discipline.  I still like it.  It keeps me focused on the issue when by now I'd be a 2 range days a year sorta person.  So that's nice.  I guess.  I'll quit when I wanna, and I don't wanna.  

Thursday, June 13, 2019

Fake News

Yeah, this can't be true.  Going full Bond Villain to execute a prisoner in North Korea with piranhas?  I'm calling BS.

Is this footage from it?




Lil Kim would never rip off Trey and Matt.

So Bernie...

Is gonna give me a lotta stuff.  He says.  Economic Bill O' Rights.

No word on what he is gonna take from me. 

I bet if I asked he'd say he'd take nothing from me.  Oooo, noice!

But he would be lying.

Then there is this gun content about it.





You know, his party and him messed up healthcare in the first place. I mean it wasn't perfect before. We had great healthcare with a semi-lousy way to pay for it. But now it is much worse. These peeps, Bernie included, got some gall asking us to trust them to fix something they are responsible for breaking.

Gotta bet with a work buddy. I bet him Biden would NOT be the nominee. I thought he'd burn out and fade away. Go Jeb. I think it will be Harris, but my second guess is Fauxcahontas. I win the $20 if Biden goes away, tho, it doesn't matter who steps up to fill the spot.

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

The $400 myth

Americans May Be Strapped, But the Go-To Statistic Is False

So people aren't really as poor as all that.  It's media people that stopped paying attention in math class at age 13 not understanding statistics, and me not doing due diligence keeping tabs on them Journo majors when I know I should.

I even lamented about this exaggeration in a previous post.   I'm still doing fine, but I have less to worry about with my fellow countrymen.

Man, the media LOVES to bask in squalor.  They were SO excited when the downturn happened in 2008.  Especially NPR.  Like they looked forward to seeing breadlines and Hoovervilles.  It would help them cement their preferred leftist economic policy, they thought.  They needed another Great Depression.  Call it the Great Recession this time.  And Obama was a good choice if you wanted to extend bad economic times, it proved.

But you gotta be careful.  What if the next guy is smarter than your guy and appears to turn on a powerful economic engine like he was flipping a switch?  Affording him to even use the economy as a weapon to try to improve our outlook further.  Man, I hope that works out.  Keep the economy humming and throw us a few 2A wins, Orange Man, and I'll be pleased as punch.


Tuesday, June 11, 2019

This is why

This is why you don't want 'universal' background checks

Because where it is enacted eventually gets to this.  A frail old man rightfully defends himself in his home and now he is going to go to prison because he had his grandad's pistol in his bedside drawer. 

You know who else had that.  My crotchety old neighbor Archie.   Fortunately, Maryland is about 50 years behind New York.  We have so-called 'universal' background checks and subsequent registration, but the state hasn't thrown any grandpas in jail for it yet.  They are working up the courage and impunity for that.   But for now the only way the weaker registration law can really hang you up with the state if is your incriminate yourself to the police.  "Oh that gun, I got that in 2012."  Don't say that.  Let them figure out when you got it, and prove that, and if that breaks state law and how badly it does, and what lengths they want to drag it with an uncooperative defendant.   Shhh.  Don't be the grandad in the orange jump suit by talking your own way in there.       

I hate it when you get over enthusiastic DA trampling on regular folks and abusing gov't power. 

Oh, an in New York, you might want to take Biden's advice and use a shotty. 

Another case where a strong SCOTUS ruling against registration would be welcome, so abuses as this don't happen.  Or a SCOTUS ruling that this sort of thing only rises to misdemeanor.  I'm not holding my breath.  Even with a another Trump appointee on the bench in the place of RBG


Monday, June 10, 2019

HA-Haa!

Gun Seller That Bet Big on Hillary Clinton Getting Elected Goes Bankrupt

I mean, that's not good, a gunnie going bankrupt after taking a big risk, but, hey, at least President Hillary didn't appoint 3 SCOTUS judges by now.

Range 4 June

Failure!

To eject.

First round of the second magazine, #11, the rim escaped the extractor, and it was left in the chamber, only a quarter withdrawn.  Round twelve then got hung up trying to enter where eleven was obstructing.  Correction necessitate stripping the mag out, letting #12 fall free, and cycling the slide.  This was difficult until the slide was locked back.  The gun was hung up for 20 seconds, maybe?

Saved #11 spend case and a control case to inspect.

Possible caused.  Extractor issue.  Round 12 got loose and wedged under 11 early, holding 11 in place even if the extractor is ideal in function.  Extractor type is S&W external style and has given me a problem in the past.

Anyway, back to the rest of the session.




Ok, I am noticing a pattern.  Go to the range every week and the accuracy levels off at 'pretty good'.  Skip a couple week and it is still good, for some reason, the next time back.  But the accuracy falls off dramatically in subsequent sessions until it slowly build to the 'pretty good' plateau level.

Also, the front sight is too high.  I'd rather have hold under than hold over.  Nothe the yellow circles.

50 rounds of American Eagle, 492 since I got the gun.

Sunday, June 9, 2019

Hey! The ONE thing I was good at in the Navy.



I was the only Navy guy, and officer, in my dunker runs.  The rest was enlisted Marine aircrew.  In one of the dunks you wear goggles that are blacked out to simulate darkness, but it's all in a well lit (indoor, for me) pool with safety divers, as you see.

There is a trick to staying oriented, and I am comfortable and calm in the water.  Even blind and upside down, with my sinuses and ears full of water.  (It's top heavy, the UH-46 is, so it flips) The Marines?  Some of them, not so much.  If I didn't want to get a panicky kick in the face leaving I had to wait them out.  So I was fine.

You wear, well we wore, flight gear, boots, helmet, gloves. Not bike helmets or what have you. Well, these aren't really aircrew types, I don't think. It is disorienting.

Their fake helicopter has much bigger hatches than mine did.

Saturday, June 8, 2019

I had to have shared this before...

Trigger Happy Harry



Just oodles of cringworthy safety gaffes from a time when even SAFE folks were a lot more tolerant of stuff you'd clinch up over today.

21 minutes of this? Yikes. Dang NRA.

4:00. Why did that simpleton choose an Auto-5 shotgun? Dunnine Kreuger, I guess. He doesn't know how dumb he is. Break action for him is wiser. At least people can see at a glance he isn't an immediate hazard.

5:00. Lady shooters. Doing coed outreach even back 75 years ago. I love the look of that gun range, too.

I love the wallpaper(8:35) and paneling (6:15). And that wool hunting coat! (11:45)

Here is the hapless protagonist about to do some home gunsmithing on his revolver. Unwise, in his case, surely, but what's this?



Does Harry have a grenade in his workshop?

Friday, June 7, 2019

Wear Orange

"Against Gun Violence!"

Well, which violence?

Because some violence is bad bad.

And some violence is very very good. 

I figure Everytown is against both until they get their way.  After that it doesn't matter and SHUT UP PEASANT!  Don't make me sick our goon squad on you!


Symbiotes

Gun Rights and Pro Lifers.

We have a symbiotic realtionship while both issues are hashed out in the courts.

Pro choice gunnies would call it parasitic.  So would gun banning pro lifers.

We are symbiotic in that judges that rule according to rights of man tend to, right now, lean both to protecting human life by protecting self-defense rights and the right to live for at least some fetal stage level.   Its just how it has worked out.  It's hard to find a liberal-liberty activist judge all for abortion and all for armed self defense.  More likely to find a anti abortion judge that also doesn't like guns, but those are rare too because of ways American judicial philosophy has evolved.

So when one single-issue faction gets a judge on the court, the other side is generally happy.  Both sides win.

If abortion shifts to legislatures then that relationship is broken.  If SCOTUS sends the abortion debate back to the lawmakers then abortion activists on both sides will concentrate on swaying Congress critters and Assembly whoseywhatsits. 

Gunnies will no longer have allies fighting for judges.  Our enemies the gun banners will no longer have pro-lifers as allies.  But the net loss of enthusiasm getting 'right thinking' judges is more detrimental to the Conservative Constitutional side of the spectrum than it is to the Leftist Activist side, if Roe is set aside.  Methinks.  The other side, minus abortion types, still has much deeper pockets. 

I hope Gun Rights and Pro Lifers, if they get issue-settling rulings, both get those ruling at about the same time.  Or both recognize you can't let up the judicial pressure as the other side will come back if you let off any.

Thursday, June 6, 2019

Knew this guy

Had to.  Forced to memorize all the names on the Cenotaph under pain of extra PT.  All the names.  But this name is important today.

Jimmie Monteith.



For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity above and beyond the call of duty on 6 June 1944, while serving with 16th Infantry Regiment, 1st Infantry Division, in action near Colleville-sur-Mer, France. First Lieutenant Monteith landed with the initial assault waves on the coast of France under heavy enemy fire. Without regard to his own personal safety he continually moved up and down the beach reorganizing men for further assault. He then led the assault over a narrow protective ledge and across the flat, exposed terrain to the comparative safety of a cliff. Retracing his steps across the field to the beach, he moved over to where two tanks were buttoned up and blind under violent enemy artillery and machinegun fire. Completely exposed to the intense fire, First Lieutenant Monteith led the tanks on foot through a minefield and into firing positions. Under his direction several enemy positions were destroyed. He then rejoined his company and under his leadership his men captured an advantageous position on the hill. Supervising the defense of his newly won position against repeated vicious counterattacks, he continued to ignore his own personal safety, repeatedly crossing the 200 or 300 yards of open terrain under heavy fire to strengthen links in his defensive chain. When the enemy succeeded in completely surrounding First Lieutenant Monteith and his unit and while leading the fight out of the situation, First Lieutenant Monteith was killed by enemy fire. The courage, gallantry, and intrepid leadership displayed by First Lieutenant Monteith is worthy of emulation.

They also named a dormitory after.  All girls, I believe, when I was going there.  He never lived there, naturally.

This is where he died


 This is where he lives, now.




2 million?

If Trump keeps talking banning suppressors, ESPECIALLY without getting anything in return, he'll lost, what?  maybe 2 million gunnies?  I'd say more, but plenty of gun folks aren't single issue voters and are pleased with other performances.

I mean, if he banned cans, but made it legal to open carry AR15s through the line at the post office on the way down to DC to walk around armed inside Smithsonian museums, some gunning might forgive his betrayal.

Or maybe on this we are taking him literally instead of seriously, what his foes do all the time?

Can he afford to possibly lose 2,000,000 votes because shennanigans?

75 years ago

Diamond anniversary.

Won't be many around at the next round number anniversary.  80.  The soldiers, sailors, and airmen that were there.  The absolute youngest will be pushing 100 by then.

WWII was always a big portion of my life.  And now it will fade away.  And I wasn't even around til 25 years after it was wall over.

Yesterday they upgrades my phone.  Plain Old Telephone Service is no more.  If the power goes out the phone will no longer work.  Just like your smartphones.  In an emergency no way to summon an ambulance to help someone or tell relatives that despite the emergency, I am fine.  That's fine, I guess.  I'm just feeling a little old.

Lots of folks at Normandy never got that chance, 75 years ago, to feel old.  So I got that going for me.  



Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Huh, NYC

I would not have thought all crime was down that much in NYC based on news reports of deterioration of quality of public life.  I mean I can see murder rates continue to creep down, but I'd have guess nuisance crimes are up.  And hate crimes in the city are spotlit recently.

There is also a possibility that the data collection has been tampered with, and purposely under reported for political reasons.  Or if not data tampering, purposeful enforcement slow downs.

Or I could have been hoodwinked by inflated reports of rapid decay in the media.

Eric and Junior

I wish they'd have a chat with their pop about guns

Oh wow, man

Stumbled across an image I hadn't thought of in a long time.



1970s era flower decals.  Like you might see on Laugh-In.  Painted on Goldie Hawn.

True story.  She is from this era and my parents lived in the same apartment as her sister, so they saw her a bit.  Both before and after she bacame famous.

Anyway, went down an image search rabbit hole.



Ugh.  There were on everything.  The non skid in our bathtub, the glass on the sliding glass door so you wouldn't walk right into it.  Parts of the 70s were really dumb.

Tuesday, June 4, 2019

Governor of Virginians

Ralphie 'Coonman' Gosnell Northam, Democrat, and Governor of Virginia needs to not let any crisis go to waste.  Mainly to distract from his position on infanticide, bedsheets, and shoe polish.  So he is flagging the gun ban stuff in Virginia.  He wants the 'common' sense measures of:

  1.  Universal background checks 
  2. Child access prevention 
  3. One gun a month limits 
  4. Banning assault weapons, including bump stocks 
  5. Requirement to report lost or stolen guns 
  6. Allowing localities to ban guns from municipal buildings 
  7. Red flag laws
NONE of which would have slowed down the killings in Virginia Beach.  They'd only make Virginia more like Maryland.  It wouldn't stop the next tragedy either.  The killer's kids didn't get into his guns, he got them legally, he only had two and has had them for months, no gun was stolen, I bet they were plain Jane common as dirty Glock 21s, and he doesn't seem to be on any psychiatrist's radar.

Wait there is ONE measure that might have made a difference here.  It might have made a 12 count victim list only two or three.  Not ideal, but ask the family of victim number four or nine how they feel about.  And that important measure is Item #6 on this list.

Well, the exact opposite of item #6.
  • Encourage localities to permit guns in municipal buildings, and other locales. 
If one of his victims was carrying he might have been able to shoot back.  Guns were already forbidden in that gov't building by local policy and not state law.  There really was nothing preventing someone one scene being able to fight back effectively.

Like Tam says:  "Anybody who mandates you be disarmed in a country full of guns does not have your best interests at heart."