Friday, February 27, 2009

Peace, Baby

The female anchor of The Early Show at CBS, Julie Chen-Les-Moonves, is sporting a shiny peace chickentrack around her neck this morning while delving into who will win or lose under President Obama's proposed budget.

She is a member of the wealthy few, those who should pay their fair share. Life in the high tax bracket is hell, so maybe the medallion is appropriate.

Thursday, February 26, 2009

Border Violence: Decades of finger pointing

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, long at the forefront of the left's efforts to erect barriers between U.S. citizens and their Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms, said Wednesday that the Obama administration plans "just a few gun-related changes" including a new ban on "assault weapons" and "high-capacity ammunition feeding devices". Holder made the announcment at a news conference on the close of a 21-month investigation and arrest of more than 750 Sinaloa drug cartel members in Mexico and the U.S.

Holder said that putting the ban back in place would not only be a positive move by the United States, it would help cut down on the flow of guns going across the border into Mexico, which is struggling with heavy violence among drug cartels along the border. ... "I think that will have a positive impact in Mexico, at a minimum." Holder said.

The Mexican government plus many journalists and politicos in this country have long claimed nearly 95 percent of weapons used by Mexican criminals are smuggled there from the U.S. We are to told to believe fully automatic weapons, M203 40mm grenade launchers, anti-tank weapons, .50 cal. M2 heavy machine guns, hand grenades, mines, and body armor are purchased by straw purchasers at U.S. gun shows and gun shops.

Here's a December 2008 "after-action report" from Barry R McCaffrey, General USA (Retired), ex-Clinton drug czar. Gen. McCaffrey is now a consultant for various organizations including NBC News. He urges state and federal authorities to stop this smuggling of crates of "high powered military automatic weapons", hand grenades, night-vision goggles, ComBloc RPGs, state-of-the-art communications encryption and interception hardware, helicopters, etc., 90 percent of which has been bought from federally licensed gun dealers primarily in California, Texas and Arizona.

Under arrest: Hitmen with their tools, Mexico City

"It is hard to understand the seeming indifference and incompetence of US authorities at state and Federal level to such callous disregard for a national security threat to a neighboring democratic state. We would consider it an act of warfare from a sanctuary state if we were the victim. ... The bottom line---the US is ineffective and unresponsive to Mexican concerns about weapons, bulk cash, and precursor chemicals flowing south into Mexico from the United States--- with a blow-torch effect on the security of the Mexican people."

Before we run out and string up some Federal Firearms License holders, all who undergo a criminal records check and face growing scrutiny and regulation by state, local and federal agents, let's look back into the past with Lora Lumpe. Although she's a D.C. lobbyist, Lumpe doesn't work for the National Rifle Association. She represents the Friends Committee on National Legislation, founded in 1943 by the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers), and most likely views the NRA as a MIPC proxy.

She defines the MIPC this way, "It’s President/General Eisenhower’s Military-Industrial-Complex, 50 years later and fully integrated into the political life of the nation." I'll write about Lumpe's efforts to combat the MIPC in another post. In the meantime, remember:

"No Mienta por otra Persona."

Saturday, February 21, 2009

A Handy Online Reloading Tool

I cranked out some ammunition on the blue press tonight after chores and dinner. The press was still set up for .223. It took about 10 minutes to switch it over to 9mm. Then I commenced filling two Akro bins with freshly minted, 115-grain 9mm ball ammunition.

The first two months of the year are good ones in which to spend time reloading. The reloading room in the basement is dry, out of the wind and not far from the Bunn coffee maker. Jerome, a high school senior and fellow National Rifle Association member, has escaped to the farm some during the late fall and winter to learn how to reload for a pair of AR-15s.

I started reloading at about the same age. No one I knew here in the Osage Cuestas reloaded metallic cartridges. I learned from reading Speer and Lyman reloading manuals, which in themselves were tough to come by for a nearly-broke teenager out in the sticks. Nope, VHS players hadn't been invented yet. Online stuff--it was clothes attached with wooden pins to wire lines spanning part of the back yard.

Some change is well and good such as this page I'm using more and more by Hornady. I particularly like the ballistics calculator. It can be used for any bullet by Hornady or otherwise if you have its ballistic coefficient. Here are the results for the 9mm ball, which I plan to use in a carbine with a 16" barrel.

Ballistics Calculator v1.0
Input Variables
Firearm type Carbine Sight Height 1.5
Bullet Weight (grains) 115 Ballistic Coefficient .177
Muzzle Velocity (fps) 1200 Temperature 32
Barometric Pressure (hg) 30.36 Relative Humidity 78%
Zero Range (yards) 100 Wind Speed (mph) 0

Ballistics Table in Yards
Berry's Mfg. plated FMJ 115 gr., .177 B.C.
Range (yards) Muzzle 25 50 75 100 150 200
Velocity (fps) 1200 1141 1092 1050 1014 955 906
Energy (ft.-lb.) 368 333 304 281 262 233 210
Trajectory (100 yd. zero) -1.5 1.5 2.9 2.4 0.0 -11.3 -32.0
Come Up in MOA -1.5 -5.8 -5.5 -3.1 0.0 7.2 15.3

Hats off to the folks in Grand Island, Nebraska--Hornady Mfg. Co., Inc.

Friday, February 20, 2009

The right to privacy

The Ninth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution safeguards the basic human rights of individuals, including the right to privacy. The U.S. Supreme Court has issued rulings regarding the right to privacy in Griswold v. Connecticut, Roe v. Wade, and perhaps other cases.

Staff members of the Los Angeles Police Department and the district attorney's office should be boning up on constitutional law judging by the latest leaked celebrity evidence photo obtained by TMZ and then picked up by other "news" media organizations. The media coverage of this act of violence has been unethical and immoral. No crime victim, not even a celebrity such as Rihanna, should be treated this way by "journalists" and law enforcement officials who have sworn to uphold the Constitution.

No wonder so many women are afraid to report acts of domestic violence and sexual assault. One can see why journalists and goverment officials rank lower than used car salesmen in public opinion polls.

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Guffaw Stimulus

Some ordinary Americans who have studied economics gathered in Mesa, AZ, to "encourage" President Obama in his efforts to bring about stagflation.

This protester's take-out order:

+1, and add a stack of blueberry pancakes, two eggs over medium, whole-wheat toast, some honey, side of crisp bacon, black coffee, and freshly-squeezed orange juice from the Navy cooks who operate the White House Mess. No styrofoam or paper--bad for the environment. The gilt-edge White House china will work. :)

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

One Sign I'd Like to See

I saw this sign and a link to the creator's site, author Chuck Klein, in the Gunbroker newsletter. He's given full permission to anyone who wants to post their business premises with it.

I'll spend more time and money in a business where the proprietors care enough about public safety to post such signs. All sorts of gun-free zones come to mind, places where murderers and robbers don't check their guns at the door, where the blood of innocents has pooled. There are schools, churches, courthouses, malls, government facilities and murder capitals such as Detroit, Chicago, and the District of Columbia where law-abiding citizens struggling to survive are treated like potential criminals.

When I see a gun-ban sign, I have to decide to go back to the parking lot and lock my pistol in the car before entry, to disobey the sign or to spend money elsewhere. Criminals on the other hand, make other decisions. They've chosen to commit armed robbery, to rape or to kill people who most likely have no means to resist. They sure aren't going to pause at the sight of a gun-ban sign. In fact, it should raise their hopes.
On the other hand, it must be disappointing for them when they expect a victim-rich environment but encounter armed people determined to live. So the places with gun-ban signs must be owned by people who seek to extend every courtesy to violent felons.

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

An Rx for Happiness: Go shooting

"All men have a sweetness in their life. That is what helps them go on. It is towards that they turn when they feel too worn out." --Albert Camus

A glut of computer work and minor illness has kept me inside a lot the past two weeks. Today, I took advantage of a free hour and 70-degree weather to run four magazines of 9mm ammunition through my AR-15 carbine.

It wasn't planned in advance. I grabbed the carbine, belt with loaded magazine pouches, protection for ears and eyes, an Indonesian pineapple can, an empty Ritz cracker box and headed down below the pond dam.

I put a little dirt in the bottom of the box so it would stay upright. The red image of a Ritz cracker on the yellow background is a fine target. I checked the zero with it. Then I commenced picking on the shiny pineapple can. It was an excellent, and cheap, reaction target.

Barry and all greenies everywhere will be proud of me. I picked up the can, cardboard scraps, and the empty 9mm brass to recycle. Barack, I will carefully and responsibly recycle those 9mm cases with fresh small pistol primers, 115-grain Berry's Manufacturing plated FMJs, and the contents of an eight-pound keg of Alliant Unique.

Four magazines worth of 9mm ammunition costs less than a visit to a mental health care professional. The walking, shooting, stooping to pick up the brass, and safely moving under the electric fence without getting shocked also boosts one's physical health. All of this stimulates the economy, too. Perhaps one marksman brings about hope, change and happiness more than any number of community activists in Chicago, D.C., or any other progressive, urban hub.

Well, shooting up a Ritz cracker box is more fun than opening it in the conventional way.

One doesn't dial ...

911 for Burger King customer service even in this age of the Nanny State.

Wisdom offered to Jean Fortune, 66, by a 911 dispatcher in Boynton Beach, Fla.:

"If the food's not done, sir, the food's not done."

"You cannot dial 911 because you're unhappy with your burger, OK? Do you understand that?"

"Customer service is not a reason to call 911. 911 is for if you're dying, OK?"

Monday, February 9, 2009

Uncle Ted's column

Ted Nugent, Motor City Madman, writes about positive economic news here. Some excerpts:

"Truth is, what Holder really supports is more law-abiding citizens being victimized by recidivistic, violent punks on parole."

"Our founding fathers supported an individual’s right to own guns. Unlike Obama and Holder, those vanguards of freedom understood that life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness can not be achieved without being able to protect yourself and your loved ones from human scum who would deny you your fundamental God-given rights."

Cocked, locked and ready to rock, Ted suggests we buy more guns and ammo and join the National Rifle Association. It's a true economic stimulus plan.

Saturday, February 7, 2009

Too much stimulation

Judith Warner, a New York Times columnist, dreamed Barack Obama was taking a shower at her place just when she needed to shave her legs. Then Barry had the gall to smoke, which perturbed Ms. Warner's husband, Max. After conducting research via e-mail, she determined:

Many women — not too surprisingly — were dreaming about sex with the president. In these dreams, the women replaced Michelle with greater or lesser guilt or, in the case of a 62-year-old woman in North Florida, whose dream was reported to me by her daughter, found a fully above-board solution: “Michelle had divorced Barack because he had become ‘too much of a star.’ He then married my mother, who was oh so proud to be the first lady,” the daughter wrote me.

Ms. Warner must not have interviewed men who wanted to have sex with Barry. At least she didn't report on it. No doubt there are many who wouldn't dream of replacing Michelle in the president's bed--the more the merrier.

No wonder the Times is hemorrhaging. Ms. Warner isn't a journalist. She's a pervert.

Thursday, February 5, 2009

A lower receiver is on the way

I have had an orphan AR-15 top end residing in a closet since before the election. I noticed Denny at Global Tactical Supply, North Kansas City, MO, had some more lower receivers in stock, so I ordered one earlier this week.

It seems as if every place I check is out of lower parts kits. I have some parts, but nowhere near an entire set. I plan to use an Ergo grip, Magpul curved trigger guard, KNS Precision push-button pivot and take down pins and JP Enterprises anti-walk hammer and trigger pins. That will eliminate the need for several parts in the kit, but it never hurts to have some extras for the other AR-15.

For now, I'm going to use a Bushmaster A2 butt stock that's also buried in the closet. The top end has a bull barrel and the A2 will balance it out better than Magpul CTR or M4 collapsible stocks. Maybe I'll try a Magpul UBR stock sometime. It is convenient to have a stock with adjustable length of pull in this part of the country. Yesterday morning it didn't get above 10 degrees before noon. Today it's in the 60s. The thick Carhartt coat is hanging on a brass hook.

I've been eyeing the 6x45mm round, which is simply the .223 necked up to 6mm. It is legal to use for hunting whitetail deer here, where the .223 is not. Mainly, it is something I'd like to experiment with--even more fun than what we had with Lincoln Logs or Tinker Toys back in the Stoned Age of the 60s

Monday, February 2, 2009

My thanks ...

to U.S. Senators Pat Roberts and Sam Brownback, who represent the state of Kansas, and the 19 others who voted "Nay" on Eric Holder's confirmation as Attorney General.

He will be at the forefront of the Obama Administration's brusque campaign to explain away and invalidate the constitutional rights of gun owners, ordinary Americans who have done nothing to deserve distrust.

We're simply trying to survive, Mr. Attorney General and Mr. President. We're not criminals simply because we carry a scary, black rifle or a concealed pistol for personal safety.

Twenty-one U.S. Senators understand this. That's a start. Please send them your thanks.

Sunday, February 1, 2009


I was checking out the Foundation for Economic Education blog Sunday during Bridgestone Super Bowl XLIII and discovered the etymology of "boondoggle".

The word took on another dimension following an April 4, 1935, New York Times article, “$3,187,000 Relief is Spent to Teach Jobless to Play ... Boon Doggles Made”. A New Deal government stimulus program changed that word's meaning to:

boon·dog·gle, n (plural boon·dog·gles) (informal)

1. insignificant pursuit: an activity or project that is trivial and wasteful of time or money
2. politically motivated government project: a government project of little practical value funded to gain political favor

vi (past boon·dog·gled, past participle boon·dog·gled, present participle boon·dog·gling, 3rd person present singular boon·dog·gles) (informal)

1. do something impractical: to do something unimportant or impractical
2. deceive or mislead somebody: to deceive or attempt to deceive somebody

[Mid-20th century. Coined by the U.S. scoutmaster R. H. Link for a braided leather cord made by Scouts.]

Microsoft® Encarta® Reference Library 2004. © 1993-2003 Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved.

Anyone for boondoggles?