Thursday, December 18, 2014

Cuba

The president may have done something I approve of in announcing that normal or near-normal relations would be restored with Cuba. To my mind, the adversarial relationship with Cuba should have ended the week after the collapse of the Soviet Union. Normalization of diplomatic and economic ties would have opened Cuba to American capitalism and frankly I think Microsoft would have brought down Castro faster than a drone strike.

Socialist economies cannot exist without a nearby capitalist one to support it and if the differences in living standards are easily seen, the proponents of Socialism will be quickly ridden out of town on a rail.

Of course the way Obama is doing it, with normalized diplomatic relations comes the eligibility for foreign aid which might keep the Castro legacy going a bit longer. Anyone know who's next in line down there after Raul passes the baton? Maybe it's Obama's retirement plan to be able to run for party chairman in Cuba.

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Gun Fun

Shot an IDPA match at Clear Creek Sportsmans Club yesterday with a side match featuring one's back-up gun. I had to ask, since I don't have one as such, but it seems that an auto pistol with a barrel under 3.8" or a revolver with a barrel under 3.5" qualifies.

As such, my regular CZ 82 qualifies as a BUG, but in the spirit of the event, I borrowed my shooting buddy 's S&W 340, an airweight 5-shot revolver in .357 mag.

I've shot this gun before. He handed it to  me and said "Here, try it." and even knowing better, I did. I fired one shot, and handed it back to him. If you carry one of these, there should never be any question as to whether someone you shoot with it actually needed shooting. They probably also needed skinning alive first.

So I brought some of my own .38 spl +P ammo to lessen the blow. .38 spl, +P, 158 gr bullets are not as rough as .357, 158gr loads, but not by enough in an airweight. Mike had also put a larger grip in the gun which allowed a three-fingered grip instead of the stock two-fingered one. All this helped as I was able to get off all 5 shots before holstering the gun and walking back to the start line shaking my hand to try to reduce the pain which everyone else seemed to find entertaining. You know it's going to be rough when the speed loader with 5 rounds in it weighs more than the gun you intend to shoot the bullets from.

Still I lost only one point out of 5, and that by less than 1/4" on the mid-range target shot while moving, and we won't talk about the slight nick on the no-shoot. With perfect hindsight, I also remember using a similar gun without hurting myself in a previous match although it was loaded with .38 spl with 125gr bullets.

There has to be one fun stage in there so here it is. On start, you step up onto the bouncy planks, and while moving, engage the half-covered bad guys and their dogs in 2 sets of 3. The second BG and his dogs are assumed to be non-visible until you finish the first set. The upraised finger says that the shooter should have resumed moving BEFORE firing those last 2 shots

Temps started off in the upper 30's and warmed up to the mid to upper 40's at the end. Nice day.

Torture Hearings

The Senate torture hearings accomplished pretty much everything they were intended to accomplish, namely to give the media something to write about besides the Gruber testimony on the gestation of Obamacare.

OTOH, it also appears that given the graphic videos produced by the murdering, raping, head-chopping slave traders of the Religion Of Peace, most Americans seem to be just fine with the idea of pouring some water up the noses of those captured in order to cripple the production values of the next video.

Monday, December 8, 2014

QOTD - Legal

Found at Reason, here's what a liberal federal judge thinks about privacy:
“Much of what passes for the name of privacy is really just trying to conceal the disreputable parts of your conduct,” Posner added. “Privacy is mainly about trying to improve your social and business opportunities by concealing the sorts of bad activities that would cause other people not to want to deal with you.”
          Judge Richard Posner, member of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
All you guilty bastards out there, keep looking over your shoulders. This seems to be a bit of a departure from previous doctrine that suggested that what 2 or more consenting adults did with their livestock in the privacy of their own bedroom was no business of the state.

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Suffering

It is said that suffering is good for the soul, probably by someone who wasn't suffering much at the time. If suffering brings one nearer to Nirvana, then I can feel the cold hand of Kurt Cobane on my shoulder right now.

I haven't had a cold in a good long time but this one is making up for the neglect on the virus' part.

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Evil Black Rifle

So once again I now own an Evil Black Rifle:
Some assembly required.

One more benefit of attending Gun Blogger Rendezvous, courtesy of WGM Tactical of Grass Valley CA.

Just need to find a couple of parts. Timing might be good here as I'm told that EBR's are now a glut on the market. Now if only people would ease up on their purchases of .22lr.

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

President Black Eagle?

Some Amerinds are calling the president this, at least in public which is polite of them.

When they're not attending a big pow-wow at the white house, I've heard they call him Walking Eagle. Old Indian expression for a bird that has been feasting on buffalo to the point that he's so full of bull he's unable to fly.

Monday, December 1, 2014

Do I Have Your Attention?

The theory here is that once your attention has been grabbed, knowledge can be imparted. I don't speak Italian, but I can easily understand the sign. The sign! There's a sign in the above picture! Cover the top half of your screen with a sheet of paper and.... oh there it is.

There are several more along this line here. Including a couple for the ladies.

Evil me; I made the link a single word, knowing that you'll never hit it with your cursor. Bwahahaha!

And in case you can't puzzle out the Italian, cut the first couple of lines below the pictures and paste them here.

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Warning Labels On Gas Pumps

The nannies in Cali are proposing that all gas pumps carry a label warning that the use of hydrocarbon fuel may lead to global warming. Except I bet that the actual labels say something about "climate disruption" instead in order to not seem quite so stupid.

This year after the last cold snap, if labels appeared on the pumps warning that purchase of gasoline might cause global warming I think I'd bring along my gas can and buy some extra on the off chance that it might help.

Saturday, November 29, 2014

How The NICS System Works

Ever wonder why you don't see more people frog-marched out of gun shops for failing a NICS check? It's usually because a bit of further investigation is going on to insure that John Q. Public is not the same person as John Quaida Public.

The whole story here.

Also I suspect that the people I sometimes see leaving the gun show in handcuffs are shoplifters rather than felons trying to buy a gun although I have heard stories about potential buyers whose names lit up the boards at the CBI because of outstanding warrants.

"Please tell me which table you are at, and tell Mr. Jones that it will be about 15 minutes before his clearance comes through."

Right. And Mr. Jones' day is about to take a turn for the worse.

Econ 201 - The Even Years

Ever wonder why the economy seems to perk up right before an election? Ever notice that it seems to collapse in the quarter immediately following?

Wonder no more.

Friday, November 28, 2014

E-Postal - Gun Fun

What more perfect way to kill 2 or 3 birds with one stone than to 1) eat thanksgiving dinner, 2) go out shooting, and 3) work off some of that thanksgiving dinner in the process.

Here's my entry in the "other" class of this months postal match using my Pedal gun with the 12ga shell darts. This works out to an .875 dia projectile being shot thru a 1.05" barrel with no rifling. Fortunately the large projectile makes up for a lot of inaccuracy.
In case you're wondering about the Cryllic labeling, click the link and read the rules and the justification for this arrangement.

The gun was pulling a bit to the right which I didn't get corrected for until the end, hence the large number of toppings and condiments and the single meat.

Looks like a score of 18 so I matched my best score with the scoped carbine here. Again, if you can't shoot small groups, shoot big bore.



The rig is written up here
http://billllsidlemind.blogspot.com/2009/05/pedal-gun-fun.html
with all the details. The back yard looks better too.

An alternate barrel I have for the gun is 2 inches in diameter and shoots an empty caulk tube which might have been big enough to get me a 20.

Happy Turkey Day

Different parts of the country have different favorite dishes to serve up on Thanksgiving. Armadillo Chilli in Texas for example or lutefisk up in Minnesota.

Somewhere, presumably near Arkham MA, you don't eat the main dish, you are the main dish:
Image stolen from Ace of Spades.

Thursday, November 27, 2014

QOTD - Humor

This time it's "Question Of The Day".

Q: What's the difference between Thanksgiving and Tax Day, April 15th?

A: On Thanksgiving, you stuff the turkey. On tax day the turkeys stuff you.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Innovation

About a hundred years ago the head of the U.S. patent office opined that just about everything that could be invented, had been invented. He was a bit premature in that assessment. From way back when, found at Theo Spark:
Pessimists like Peter here are always wrong. For example, where's the Oatmeal Bacon Stout?