Friday, January 24, 2020

Yesterday

Was John Moses Browning Day.

I always forget, much to my shame.

Ugh... work is biting into my blogging inspiration time.  Sometimes, during downtime at work, I can dream up stuff.  No downtime.  Not lately.  Work work work.

I should be stockpiling canned goods.  For the Chinese Zombie Plague and all.  Tam is worried she might get this Szechuan Plague by taking a sip from someone's Corona bottle.  I worry too.  I'd hate to get a mouthful of thin Mexican yellow 'beer'.

Thanks to Bob, I think he might be right, and helped me out.  The movie I am thinking of is probably "The Whiz Kid and the Mystery at Riverton."  Of course it is hard to confirm.  Not copies available.

Thursday, January 23, 2020

Zombacalyspe

"Coronavirus"

It's a good name.  Flows off the tongue.  

Yet another cover story for the zombie plague.  Don't worry gov't agencies are ON IT.  

The Zeds always start in China.  They think they've contained the Shamblors to just the one province, by locking it off.


And the mortality rate only doubles every week.  There is plenty of time.  Like 30 more weeks before the death toll top 9 billion.  Three dead the first week, six dead last week, up to 17 dead this week and it's only Thursday.  Doom!


And while outlooks on the topic of disease...  A head cold made the round here about a month ago.   And based on FB, it hit where you are too.  About the same time.  Nose flowing like a fountain but mildish.

Now, the flu, which is impacting people that got the season's flu shot, too, is hitting here.  And there.  This flu involves vomiting.  Great.   

Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Ok, I'm Listening

I talk about lack of action on one day and few days later, this bit shows up.  Concrete action of that sort, if it happens, could put Trump and the NRA back in my...  well better graces.  Maybe not good, but better.  Because it is still small ball.  More, I need more.

Import export restriction?   Gunsmith fees waived?  Small.

Now if you made May Issue states except out of state CCWs from Shall Issue states by citing Civil Rights enforcement under the Civil Rights Act and the McDonald ruling and let them 7 sue?  That'd be a Big.


Tuesday, January 21, 2020

US Medical Research Over Time

I am saving this as a record for myself.  No one believes me when I tell them that AIDS research zoomed under the Reagan Administration.  That's not the narrative, you see.  AIDS was a gay, male,  disease then and Reagan hated the gays and was criminally stingy about signing funding bills to study an ailment that might yield help for said gay men.  Historically, funding doubled every year early on, almost as soon as epidemic came to light. 


Well, it's nighttime

... in Richmond, when I wrote this.

All that hype from the media about white supremacists running wild and Anitfa causing trouble, and media stoking trouble?

Did not come about.  A huge event with thousands of like minded folks expressing their disappointment with the erosion of their freedoms and civil rights.  Good.

One Antifa goonette was warned a few times you can't wear a mask in a state that passed laws against that sort of thing because of terrist Democrats 50 years ago, also.  She didn't comply.  Went to booking. No bigs, and not one of the good guys.


Monday, January 20, 2020

Of course Northam's gun control will target the black community

All gun control is racist.  It always has been.  It's primary target is black people.  Duh.  Secondarily targeting white trash rednecks is an a more recent afterthought.

Bloomberg Blunder

Big Gulp Bloomberg is famous for saying and doing stupid things.  But AFTER he was in office.  When he was safely in place.  Not when he was trying to win.

So saying what he really thinks of reg'lar folks defending themselves and others against evil is a bit of a blunder.

You are gonna have to spend faster to overcome this, Mike. 

Lotsa Talk, Not Much Action

Of course the President is gonna say nice things about the Freedom response to Blackface Klanny Northam.  It's a movement already sympathetic to him because of judges, it's a mass populist movement that he is a big exploiter of, and it's making allies of his enemies look bad.



This is all presuming that agent provocateurs or some dumb ass from our side doesn't make the whole thing go pear shaped, today.  Then Trump might change his tune.  Might.  He could also double down his rhetoric and make that work.  I don't pretend to know how the man does it, it resists Poli-Sci explanation.

[Remember when you could get a degree in that?  Of course then Communism still outwardly seemed like a valid system to a lot of idiots.  Anyway...]

Like I said, Trump is throwing moral support behind the Second Amendment for his gain and ours using his words.

I'd love to see some actions.  Apart from judges.  Do some executive order thingy that will only be in place til the next Dem President tries to reverse it 5-13 years from now.  Which will entail some political risk to said Democrat.

What thingy?  I dunno, like I mentioned I can't predict how this New York real estate mogul works.  He's got the authorities to wind back LOTS of BATF regulatory madness without having to pass a law.  He can maybe send Barr after a State government for violating a gun owner's civil rights under the color of law.  (Barr would have to be on board with this, and who knows about him?) Lots of stuff Trump can stir up.  And I wish he would.  Like this, but more.

Saturday, January 18, 2020

Now do Catastrophic Anthropogenic Greenhouse Warming, Mollie



The same applies to the Climate Change kooks.  There was a HUGE raft of fraud and data manipulation by NOAA and CRU and other more than a decade ago.  And no climate 'scientist' has come forward and talked about how they are sorry about that or how they were going to now expurgate the lies from all the studies that descended from the fraudulent data or even acknowledge that the lies even exist.

Is there something to climate change science?  Maybe.  Hard to know at this point because since the 80s and certainly since 'hide the decline!' climate change science has been 99% politics.  Not science. It's ALL hogwash. Stop pretending it isn't hogwash. If you, the layman, heard about it?  That wasn't science.  Socialism is the answer and, here, Glowball Warmening is the problem.  Politics.  You are a fool to trust them.  They just want to put their hand in your pocket and make you do what they tell you to do. They have, and will, lie, cheat, and steal to get into that position of power over you. Don't trust 'em.

FOREVER!

"I want Trump to know that he is impeached forever!"

Yeah Nancy?  Coming from you, how much do you think that means to him?  Might as well excommunicate him from the Catholic Church while you are at it, it will be as impactful to him.  A man that isn't Catholic, by a Speaker that isn't the Pope, and also a lapsed Catholic.

Ban him from ever attending kindergarten again while you are at it.  That'll show him!

Ok... Help.

There was a movie I saw in the 70s.  And a sequel.  Maybe more.  The movie might have been made in the 60s.  Had a Brady Bunch look to it.  So you know the California color palette right there.

I might have seen it on a Sunday on the Wonderful World of Disney.

In it, there was a boy-genius type.  Engineer.  Maybe 13 or 14 year old  He made mechanical gizmos.  He had a tough older sister that was sort of the muscle.  He was always inventing stuff in his basement workshop and using mechanical schemes to foil the villain, with the help of the neighbor kids.  Often involving rolling old tires down hills.

To get into his shop you could use a slide or come down the stairs.  This is key.  Be careful coming down the stairs.  As there was a boxing glove on a spring booby trap that you'd activate with a pressure plate on the stair tread. 

Like this.  Well, sorta.  That's a lift jack with the same principal.



What I need from you....  What was the name of this movie or set of movies? Google hasn't helped me.

Friday, January 17, 2020

Some Folks are Worried

They are worried about the Virginia Lobby Day, this Monday.  Thousands will be there, concerned about their freedoms.

But, the thought goes, it would be trivial for some Bloomberg Antifa Stooge to pretend to be one of us and cause an outrage.

Or some Soros 5th Columnist might provoke a serious response from a good guy that is trying to outwardly display best behavior.

We already know how violent Bernie Bros can be.  Avoid anyone to the left of moderate squish Jeb Bush.  They are often quite violent.   And violence is bad bad optic all around, unless good guys somehow end up with martyrs.  And who in Christendom signs up for that these days?

It's a big event.  All eyes will be on it.  Something that puts the good guys in a bad light will be magnified tenfold.  And that would be a disastrous longterm setback for the cause.

But we can't just cede the ground.

Finger crossed, and hope the VCDL organizers have all their poop in one sock.

Thursday, January 16, 2020

Speaking of Sci Fi

This is true of Star Wars, and is more justified there, but is true of PLENTY of science fiction.

For instance, Disney's Black Hole, 1979.  Most all the black and white stuff from the 50s

Why does everyone in a space vessel carry a side arm all the time?  Plenty of things on your spaceship do not react well to bullets, to quote a great mariner.  A negligent discharge is probably always damaging, and quite often a critical issue, or even catastrophic.

It's almost ubiquitous in the genre.  Being strapped.  One noticeable place it isn't is Star Trek.  They only seem to arm up if they are going planet side or are internal security.  For safety, certainly.  Makes sense.  Also, Alien.  Might have been handy for the Nostromo to at least have a few shotguns securied in the ship's locker, huh?

"I'll tell you why, T-Bolt.  See that second part?  The part that reads 'Fiction'?  That's why."

Right right, it helps move the narrative in your space story in exciting ways, but still.  And I only came to notice this recently.  Even on a space ships with no real risk of immediate mutiny, or being boarded at any moment by pirates, they drag around the equivalent of a service pistol everywhere but bed.  And if you were gonna be boarded, I'd want that holstered weapon on my space suit, anyway.  Jump into the suit as the bad guys secure the docking collar.  A pistol on my belt INSIDE the suit is sorta useless. 

Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Help for Virginians

Are you a Virginia county that is tired of the raft of crap emanating from Richmond?

Are you a county contiguous to the border of West Virginia?

West Virginia has offered to take you in if you want to secede.  The freedom and gun control regime is must better on their side of the line.  

Trying to come up with blog fodder

And all I can think of is...

The sizes of mid size ships in Star Wars are pretty useless.

Ok, Tie Fighters and X-Wing types are fine.  Perfect size for a what they are.  Hell, X-Wings have interstellar capability.  Awesome.

But the ship in the Mandolorian, and Boba Fett's before that, and the Millenium Falcon?  What is the point?  Cargo is limited to the equivalent of a few steamer trunks and a half dozen extra passenger, at most.

Light patrol and attack craft?   Nothing the light fighters like the X-Wing can't do more efficiently.  They call the Falcon a light freighter.  It can barely haul a load of good from a typical Costco trip here on Earth.  Just not a good use of resources considering how expensive these things must be.  If you are going to slap a hyperspace drive on something that little make it like a bus or a 737 for people moving with a crew of 2.  Or a tractor trailer or C-130 for goods.  But you'd do better with volumes like a 20th Century container ship.

I can't hand-wave the stuff away like I did when I was 8. 

Tuesday, January 14, 2020

Bloodymore Murderland

A particularly spicy weekend here in our State's largest city that isn't all gentrified like DC is.  12 shot in a weekend, 8 separate events.

Since massive gun control laws were passed on 2013 crime in Baltimore is way up.

But that is also coincidental with the trend of Democrat cities losing favor with the active policing policies, of the type that Giuliani put in place in New York in the 90s, that finally turned the Death Wish hellscape in that NY around.  Post Freddy Gray, Balitmore PD has pulled back and held back because leadership doesn't have their back.  Understandable, and the fault is in the leadership, not the patrol level.  Policy has changed, policing is purposely muted, so crime flourishes.

Don't visit Baltimore.  Not even the nice parts.  I used to routinely go to the city.  Not a good idea anymore. 

Monday, January 13, 2020

Gun Buying Permits

Gun Permits (to own, not to CCW) requests are up 1000% in NYC among the Jewish community

A rational response to the attacks against them and the authorities at the higher levels subsequently turning a blind eye and not prioritizing their patrol assets to address it.

But still... it's New York.  Instead of 10 it is now 100, maybe?  A drop.

Monday Blog Fail

And that XD post was the last of my recent ideas....

Lessee.

HUGE discussion among workmates last week.  74 year old man was walking his little dog.  Jack Russel?  That dog was set upon by a larger dog.  Lab, maybe?  Old man drew and shot the larger dog to protect his dog. Large dog owner then comes racing out of the house.  Old man shoot the owner as well.

Good shoot?

Absolutely, yes.  And most definitely not!  We don't have near enough details from this story.  It is impossible to send this case to the jury with those meager facts.

Protect your dog from another dog?  Yes, ok. But was the Lab acting playful?  Was it a Labrador or a snarling attack dog?  Did the own open the door and command the dog to "Go eat that azzholes little dog, Chomper!  Sick em!"  When the owner ran out were they attacking the 74 year old man, or irrationally rushing to the aid of their stricken pet?  Was the owner a 6 foot 5 linebacker type with a machete to hand?  Or a middle aged housewife?  Is the 74 year old an enfeebled disabled veteran?

These details were omitted from the story conveyed to us.  So, we can argue all day, but to no real effect.  We were ignorant. 

Most likely guess in my head?  74 year old over-reacted and now will get very cross-threaded with the judicial system.  He shot a person over a dog.  Even in the most favorable circumstances if I were the prosecutor I'd say "He shot a person over a dog," and garner a lot of sympathy with the jurors.

This whole circumstance does not cover us fellow CCW toters in glory.  Tarnished by association, and if I were a gun banner I'd exploit it to hurt the good guys. 


Sunday, January 12, 2020

XD

When I first went shopping for a semi-auto, I was pretty much a rank beginner.  I had a bad trigger pull.  Flaws aplenty.

But you gotta start somewhere.

I tried out a lot semi-autos.  Generic black plastic striker fired pistols in 9mm.  A few magazines through each.  On more than one occasion.  M&P, Glock, XD, SIGs.  This was back in 2007 or so, so the SIG was probably metal.  The M&P was new on the scene.  Glock was Glock.

The pistol that, for me, grouped closest to the bullseye was the XD.  Glock was the worst.  I remember this distinctly.  If I reproduced this test now the results wouldn't look the same.  I might not be able to discern a difference now.

But back then, there was a difference.

And now I wonder why?

"I'll tell you why, T-Bolt!  The XD has a better grip angle than them dang Glocks.  That's why you shot it better!  Natural point of aim for you."

Yeah, I've heard that argument before.  But I'm not so sure it is the reason.  

Ironically, I never bought a generic black plastic striker fired pistols in 9mm.  My first 9mm was the Hudson!  Ha!  So, at least I do not have an XD to unload.

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Ooo, I just remembered.   I have a Colt 1911 on consignment.  I should check to see if it sold.   Maybe I'll buy an M&P with the proceeds....