Saturday, October 3, 2015

Obama Attempts To Sell More Guns

You have to admit, the man has probably indirectly sold more guns than any individual in the history of the earth. Yesterday he got in front of a camera and called for the Oregon shooting to be politicized, which is a dog whistle to the citizenry to go out and buy another gun.

It may be a bit early to be drawing conclusions, but I'm thinking that he may have actually saturated the market.

Swedish Utopia

The left loves to cite Sweden as the shining example of socialism working smoothly and flawlessly.

So here it is.

Coming soon to a neighborhood near you.

Friday, October 2, 2015

Gun Law

In the case of someone v Lucky Gunner, the courts ruled that Lucky gunner could not possibly have known that its customer would use the ammunition to shoot all those people in the theater in Aurora, and the courts subsequently ruled that the plaintiffs should have known that their suit was frivolous and vexatious and ordered them to pay Lucky Gunners legal costs which are running to about $250K.

One of Bloomberg's minion groups egged the family into filing the suit but of course when the whole thing went south, they disappeared.

So here's another similar suit, Various people v Bushmaster in which Bushmaster, a subsidiary of Remington, is being told that they should have known that Mrs. Lanza's son would steal the rifle and shoot his mother and everybody else at Newtown. A federal judge with a rather colorful reputation has kicked the case back to the state level where it is thought the plaintiffs will have a better chance of succeeding.

This is short term thinking. A good trial lawyer can give an after dinner talk at a club meeting, and in 10 minuted will have everyone in the room in tears over the injustice and abuse suffered by the chickens they just ate. On appeal, however, they do not get to try the same tactic in front of a superior court judge but rather are required to defend the fine points of the law. The 2005 Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act is pretty solid defense against charges of not being clairvoyant, and the plaintiffs attorneys must know this.

So what's to keep them from also being held liable for Bushmasters legal costs in this case?

Monday, September 28, 2015

Jury Duty

Went in for jury duty today fully prepared to do my duty for my fellow man. They had 3 or 4 cases to be heard, one of which was a civil suit which was expected to run possibly as long as 2 weeks. The others were projected to last 2-3 days. I got picked to go into the pool for the long one along with about 90 others.

10 or so begged off up front. In preliminary selection 20 were pulled to sit in the jury box and be questioned by first the judge, then the lawyers. As people were eliminated for one reason or another, all good to my observation, they were replaced by folks from the remaining 60. I got to replace someone in the first go-around which put me into the finals.

Eventually they got to 20 people with no up front disqualifications which included me, and the lawyers huddled to pick eight of us to sit the trial. After a good deal of passing paper back and forth, the lawyers agreed on the eight and the judge read the list. Surprisingly to me, I wasn't on it.

The case was a medical malpractice suit involving hematomas, CAT scans, and the interpretations of the scans. Having had a hematoma and a CAT scan and having been shown the scan and given the interpretation of same by my doctor probably disqualified me from listening to other peoples interpretations, at least to someones satisfaction, so back to work on tooling for a Vietnamese factory.

Saturday, September 26, 2015

Deer Problem

Michigan, specifically Ann Arbor, has a problem with the local whitetail deer population, it having no natural predators except the automobile, and notwithstanding the legendary prowess of Michigan deer hunters.

Government officials, who unfortunately seem to run the town have hit upon hiring professional sharpshooters to attempt to thin the urban herd. The theory goes one shot to the head and hide the body before the local PETA chapter gets wind of the deed.

This may have worked for Jimmy Hoffa, but the deer probably won't let someone in a dark suit saunter up behind them and put a round from a suppressed .22 pistol into their heads. Deer have much better situational awareness than that.

This is a job for a new old classic, the DeLile silent carbine.
Sneak up on the deer, and pfffft! the animal falls to the ground and the PETA people are convinced it had a heart attack or something. Queue the bambilance to pick up the body, and Voila!, one less pesky deer.

Gun Fun

I haven't forgotten much since last month and even got through the whole match without duffing a single stage although there were a couple spots that could have gone smoother. As usual there were a couple of stages for which the back story could have been a LOT better.

One stage involved 7 targets and 3 no-shoots arranged in varying degrees of non-verticality which I immediately labeled the "Irish Yoga" stage as it resembled nothing so much as closing time at O'Mally's pub.

The other was described as a large gang invasion of a department store with targets down every aisle. It was probably the most confusing as to what you should shoot and in what order of all the stages there. I labeled this one the "Lost In The Woods" stage for the ducking, bobbing, and weaving you had to do just to get through the maze of it.

Following the match we got out the chroney and the EBR and found that my .40 S&W "Cowboy Action" loads were delivering the 165 gr bullets at 825 FPS for a power factor of 136. Jargon, jargon, it's good enough for IDPA and doesn't hurt my hands.

The EBR was delivering 3200 fps from my varmint reloads and produced a one-ragged-hole sized group, admittedly at short range. Still, that equates to an adequately small group at 100 yards. Next time I'll remember to bring some 100 yard targets and the spotting scope.

Par for the course: The longer you spend at the range, the longer the list of things you should have brought but didn't gets.

Friday, September 25, 2015


Some high-school doof in Colorado Springs has been arrested for calling in bomb threats to some high schools in Nevada and California. Seems he has a bit to learn about securely hiding his home phone number when doing this. The local media is calling this a "swatting incident" apparently having a bit to learn about the difference between filing a false report, which is what was done, and SWATting.

SWATting involves filing a false report on a specific person in such a way as to leave the authorities thinking that this person is a clear and present danger to the lives of anyone near them including the responding police. When the call is sufficiently embellished, this can lead to a response in force by a bunch of understandably nervous men with guns. The response alone is a clear and present danger to the lives of anyone near them including bystanders and has resulted in the shooting death of an innocent shopper at a Wal Mart.

Election season is upon us and it certainly wouldn't hurt to suggest to the wannabe martinets that elevating SWATting to a serious felony would be met with general approval and could be presented as not only pro-gun but also pro gun safety to the antis.

Gun Fun

IDPA match out at CRC this weekend where I get to see if I've forgotten anything in the last month or so since I was out last. Shooting buddy just got his eyes Lasiked so it's my turn to drive and see if I can do the 144 mile round trip without getting a chip in my brand new windshield.

I also get to run a few rounds through the new EBR to see how that's working out. Report due Saturday night or Sunday.

You Say You Want A Revolution?

There are two ways to go about this. One is the quick, frequently violent, and bloody way which has as its advantage that it's frequently over for better or worse fairly quickly. You can tell its over when all the principals on one side are dead. If that list didn't include you, then you won.

The other way is the "velvet" type which has the advantage of not being so violent and the disadvantage of sometimes taking an inordinately long time. You can tell when this one's over when all the principals on one side are dead, usually of old age. Hopefully this will happen before you pass on of similar causes. It also leaves open the question of who actually won.

Better late than never I guess, it looks like the Tea Party wing is making progress after all with Speaker Boehner's resignation announcement.

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Data Management

When I went in for my CCW interview, the big stumbling block was the high-tech all electronic fingerprint machine which seemed to have a very difficult time finding a match between any one fingerprint and the four-finger set. The nice lady eventually got the machine to recognize me and I jokingly told her that if anything went wrong, she could get the backup set from the Chinese.

I was right.

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

High Chinese Labor Costs Drive Chinese Manufacturing Toward Robots.

In an article here from ABC news, it is reported that in an effort to contain costs and improve quality, Chinese manufacturers are being encouraged to use more robots. This includes descriptions of robots working alongside humans on factory floors.

One supposes that the Chinese robots will be equipped with multiple cameras, one to watch what it's doing and one or more to watch its human co-workers. Errors on the part of the humans will be reported as disloyalty to management, and after 3 such reports the human will be replaced by another robot.

The robots loyalty is, of course, unquestioned. Lau Hu Chow*, CEO of China's East Wind Robotic software company is now widely expected to become China's new premiere shortly after president Xi gets his new robot secretary installed.

*Translates as "Old Tiger Joe", a tribute to one of my former instructors.

Friday, September 18, 2015

Elio Returns

Kind of short notice, but if you're itching to see the car and get your picture taken sitting in it  The next Denver area appearance will be September 19-20: Denver, CO; Flat Iron Crossing, One West Flat Iron Crossing Dr. Broomfield, CO; Sat – 10 am – 9 pm, and Sun 11 am – 6 pm;

This time they will have the P4 on view. Bring your own camera.

Sunday, September 13, 2015

Letting The Media Pick The Candidates

One more thing* on this topic. If this isn't the classic example of the Cuckoo I ever saw, I don't know what is. Think of the media as the cuckoo and Mr Trump as the egg. At this point the hatchling is industriously pushing the other chicks out of the nest. 

OTOH it doesn't speak well of the others that they're having this big a problem with him, even with the support he's getting from the press.

*l'esprit d'escalier ("staircase wit")

Letting The Media Pick The Candidates

Here we go again in a re-run of every election in the last 20-30 years or so in which the media has discovered that the citizens don't actually have to count since they can in effect pick the candidates in the upcoming elections for us.

On the left, we have a collection of septuagenarian Socialists, one of which should arguable be cooling her heels in a federal prison even as we watch. This is the preferred candidate of the media, so no transgressions on her part will be reported. Period. Unless the word somehow gets out with phrases like "unethical behavior", "national security breach", or "solicitation of bribes in return for favors".  Other candidates are page 125, below the fold, and mixed in with the obituaries.

On the right, in the face of the strongest bench the GOP has fielded in 50 years, all attention is being directed to a know-nothing blowhard whose name is, dare I say, Trumpeted in the news, always the lede, front page, both above AND below the fold. Guess who the left thinks would be easiest to beat. Meantime the better more experienced candidates get moved to the back page of the paper, or not mentioned at all on the TV. Predictably the blowhard is moving up in the polls and the better candidates are having trouble raising money.

The media does this every election and as predictably as the sun rising in the East, as soon as the nomination is secured, all the praise will disappear and the candidate will be portrayed as the devil incarnate. So what to do about that? Beats me. Maybe we're just doomed to getting the government other people deserve.

Dating Drones

A teenagers worst nightmare.

 Also the reason more young people are taking up the shooting sports.

From Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal