Friday, August 31, 2012

The New York Times: Excellence in research

  For an anti gun newspaper, one must admire their unwavering attention to detail and commitment to facts based reporting.

  As an American gun owner, I was surprised to learn of the devastating power of a Star 1911 but that's how the NY Times rolls.  No BS< no fear mongering hyperbole, just the facts, ma'am.  Note the lamentation of the gun contro ladvocate who helpfully provided a quote for this article:

“I can’t think of a current gun law that would have banned the weapon that was used in this shooting,” said Daniel Webster, a director of the Johns Hopkins Center for Gun Policy and Research.

  And Baron Von Bloomberg still worries about the peasants having firearms there being too many guns out there:

Elected officials who have been pushing new gun laws pointed to the shooting on Friday as another reason that the issue of gun violence deserved more attention from policy makers. “We are not immune to the national problem of gun violence,” Mr. Bloomberg said, adding, “Once again, there’s an awful lot of guns out there.”
Reporting on the shootings outside the Empire State Building.

 The article seems to be a not so subtle attempt to spread fear about what deadly lethal guns are (gasp) legal in America still.  Also, nobody told the assailant in this story that he was supposed to drop from one shot of .45ACP......

  Unretouched photo from the NY Times below.  


Wednesday, August 29, 2012

As Hurricane Isaac approaches New Orleans

  It's worth your time to read this sobering and touching story about Katrina.  I won't laugh if you place a hatchet in your attic just in case......

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Links 08/14/12

  - French Army to replace the FAMAS bullup?  (don't forget this article on the SA80bullpup)

  - Liberal media personality plagiarizes someone else's gun control article shortly after receiving an honorary
    degree from Harvard.  You can taste the irony.....

  - Make bizarre, preposterous claims and get called out.

  - Could spring design and quality be the answer to making 1911s run like (good Glocks)?

  - Are you a libertarian or a conservative? (video)


Friday, August 10, 2012

Concealed is.....(wait for it)


  Lawyer and law abiding citizen Sung Ho Hwang of New Haven Connecticut forgot about the last part while attending a Batman movie at his local theater.  Folks saw his concealed pistol (small of back, he had to work to make this visible) and called the police.  The cops swarmed the theater with over 20 officers responding.

  Mr Hwang sounds like a reasonable fellow who articulated a credible defense of the Second Amendment and was only a victim of his own poor choice in manner of concealment.  All of this could have been avoided if he had done more than pay lip service to carrying concealed.  Methinks he hasn't undergone formal handgun training either given his choice of carry at the small of the back.

  An OWB (Outside Waist Band) holster with its edge or more showing under a cover garment isn't covered and it isn't concealed.  This is not a perception issue, it's a reality issue.  If people see it, it's not concealed.  I can never get over how folks will agonize on which handgun is best for them and then stride off into the sunset with a Serpa/Uncle Mike's/Galco POS holster flopping around on their hip.  Go IWB (Inside Waist Band) with a proper belt.  Research the styles of concealed carry out there.  If you don't see what you think fits you best, try communicating with a custom holster manufacturer.  They will more often than not, build you exactly what you specify.  Also, their holsters will not fall apart nor allow carry in an unsafe manner. 

  Trusted holster manufacturers are below.  That means I use or have used their products and they worked as advertised.  Below is a picture of my Belgian Malinois and I finishing up a successful session of Schutzhund bite/protection training.  I am running with a Glock 19 concealed in a Custom Carry Concepts Shaggy AIWB (Appendix, Inside Waist Band) holster.  Comfortable, secure, and concealed.  I am wel laware that the trained eye (if looking intently) could see my weapon "printing" but highly unlikely in everyday carry conditions outside of running and handling a 75lb Belgian Malinois on bite.

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Mayor Bloomberg meets George Orwell

NYPD CCTV command center

If you want a vision of the future, imagine a boot stamping on a human face - forever.

George Orwell

Technology has effectively destroyed our privacy.

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

I'd ban assault weapons if Congress would just let me

Q    Just returning to guns for a moment.  You’ve said, in response to a bunch of questions, that he supports enforcing -- better enforcing existing laws.  His position in the past has been in favor of renewing the assault weapons ban, which would, at this point, be a new law.  He also said in New Orleans that AK-47s belong on the battlefield, not on the streets.  Does he still support that legislation?

MR. CARNEY:  He does.  And I’ve said that before from the podium in the last week, that he does support renewing the assault weapons ban.  I think what I’ve noted in the past, and what I noted here, is that there has been reluctance by Congress to pass that renewal.

Full text from White House press briefing 

Monday, August 6, 2012

You really shouldn't poke the bear

  or in this case, attempt to drive away from the cop that's writing you a parking ticket and run over his foot in the process.

  Posted in the hope that this hipster jerk getting his comeuppance will cheer some folks up after yesterday's tragedy in Wisconsin.  I will post details on any charity funds for the families as they are setup.

  This is being linked to the YouTube user's channel and it's not copied from the original.  


Sunday, August 5, 2012

The Sikh temple mass shooting in Wisconsin

Has been classified as "domestic terror."

Meanwhile the atrocity that the coward Nidal Hassan perpetuated is classified as "workplace violence."

May the next coward planning to massacre innocents have his chickens come home to roost in the form of an armed and trained citizen.

My thoughts are with the Sikhs. Truly wonder citizens of America and the world.

Note that the Brady Campaign is already using to this to their advantage. Hours later.....

Friday, August 3, 2012

The Total Recall remake premieres today

  Libertarian and former MTV news host Kurt Loder reviews it, says the remake lacks the "style and fun, or at least coherence" of the original.

  Meanwhile, my good friend Sweesus made the below pronouncement on this movie months ago:

Yeah, they're remaking Total Recall, one of my all time favorites.  It has about a high school graduate's chance of getting hired by the TSA and the same of being 1/10th as hard core as the original and that pretty ass Colin Farrell is playing Arnold's role, but I'll still have to see it.  Or maybe I'll just duct tape a rat to a bird and watch it fly around like the kid riding the luck dragon in NeverEnding Story. Sweesus - 1, Jesus - 0

Inspiration and justice, sweet juicy justice

A professor in Arizona takes it upon himself to strike a blow for freedom and justice by ordering a free cup of water from Chik Fil A and berating the girl working the drive through who displayed far more maturity and composure than he did.  He was subsequently fired from the company he works for and the college where he teaches took his staff page down from their website.  In another day and age, this strident ass would have been spitting upon returning Vietnam veterans.  As a supporter of gay marriage, I'm amazed by this level of pettiness....  No word yet on if his employer offered the Chik Fil A gal a job.....

The Olympics are outstanding this year.  In a uniquely American story, an African American teenager who's the daughter of an Army (multiple deployments to Afghanistan) veteran and fostered (only to be near her coach) by a white family, Gabby Douglas  "The Flying Squirrel" took the gold in women's gymnastics at the Olympics.  Meanwhile, Kayla Harrison overcame a coach sexually abusing her as a teenager to win the gold in women's judo.  She only came out publicly about the abuse after the Sandusky story broke.  She would much rather people talk about her win.

Meanwhile back in the US, I took an invitation only Failure2Stop "high stress" class last weekend and it was outstanding.  The degree of accountability to which we were held was offset by the hilarity and good humor displayed by the instructors and students.  If you missed, you could recite poetry, sing a song, or even do calisthenics.  Hits count, gents.  Friend "VoodooMan" has an excellent review of the class up at his blog.  I'll post the video of me doing the "dog drill" (shooting a jug advancing upon you at a high rate of speed, popping the inlfated balloon inside of it to get a "hit")  I was the first man up to shoot this drill and folks quickly learned that the best way to get a hit was to stand still.  Obviously, I did not but I choose to think that shooting on the move was more realistic.....  However, hits count.  Also, stuff breaks.  My Gen2 Glock19 had its front sight (AmeriGlo) come loose twice.  The rear sight was also loose and we had to raise material on it with a centerpunch to keep it in place.  Also had a few malfunctions that I think are attributable to the below plunger spring (yes, it was a newer spring).  It's pictured below a brand new spring I replaced it with. 

Click link for the video