Friday, 26 February

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Preparedness Notes for Friday — February 26, 2021

by James Wesley Rawles in SurvivalBlog.com at 23:04, Thursday, 25 February

This day, February 26, is the birthday of Major-General Orde Charles Wingate (born, 1903, died 24 March 1944), an eccentric British Army officer who organized special military units in Palestine in the 1930s, and in Abyssinia, Sudan, and Burma during World War II. He is most famous for his creation of the Chindits, airborne deep-penetration troops trained to work behind enemy lines in the Far East campaigns against the Japanese during World War II. On February 26, 1993: A truck bomb built by Islamic extremists explodes in the parking garage of the North Tower of New York’s World Trade Center, …

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The K.I.S.S. Principle and Transceivers – Part 3, by Tunnel Rabbit

by SurvivalBlog Contributor in SurvivalBlog.com at 23:03, Thursday, 25 February

(Continued from Part 2.) Editor’s Note: The following section of the article describes some high power and out-of-band transmission modifications that are not legal under most circumstances. In an absolute disaster situation, anyone can operate outside of normal bands/channels without a license and probably without any legal repercussions. But doing so in normal times will surely get someone arrested, their gear seized, and some hefty fines. Beware! BACK TO THE FUTURE, CB RADIO IS BACK! Although Citizen Band (CB) might not be a part of our primary radio communications plan, we may need to operate a CB to talk to …

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Economics & Investing For Preppers

by James Wesley Rawles in SurvivalBlog.com at 23:02, Thursday, 25 February

Here are the latest news items and commentary on current economics news, market trends, stocks, investing opportunities, and the precious metals markets. We also cover hedges, derivatives, and obscura. Most of these items are from the “tangibles heavy” contrarian perspective of SurvivalBlog’s Founder and Senior Editor, JWR. Today, we look at the ongoing commodities boom. Precious Metals: ‘Gold is going to be outpaced by silver and platinum’ – Bill Baruch o  o  o Kansas Bill Would Make Gold And Silver Legal Tender In The State Economy & Finance: At Zero Hedge: Got Inflation? The Fed Just Printed Another $100+ BILLION …

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The Editors’ Quote of the Day:

by James Wesley Rawles in SurvivalBlog.com at 23:01, Thursday, 25 February

“Education is the best provision for old age.” – Aristotle

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ISIS Toyota

by ENDO-Mike in Everyday No Days Off – Gun Blog at 00:08, Friday, 26 February

haha, this went from good to hilarious:

The YouTube algorithm really knows me.

Thoughts?

Bicycle Police Training Like They Fight

by ENDO-Mike in Everyday No Days Off – Gun Blog at 00:00, Friday, 26 February

This is great:

The following blog is an excerpt from, “Hooked on Fishing in National Parks” by the National Park Foundation.

family fishing Hooked on Fishing in National Parks Hooked on Fishing in National Parks

Fishing has a way of bringing people into the present moment.

As Sue Daignault describes it, “maybe it’s the hope of feeling that lively tug when a fish strikes.”

To notice that slight, or intense, vibration on the line, we mu...

Thursday, 25 February

21:55

Graphical

by Tam in View From The Porch at 20:00, Thursday, 25 February

I thought the opening credits to American Gods had a familiar feel. Looking into it, the production house that did them, Elastic, also did the opening for Altered Carbon and (maybe my favorite) the first season of True Detective.



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Stay frosty!

by Tam in View From The Porch at 19:43, Thursday, 25 February

18:55

Kodachrome Nostalgia IV

by ASM826 in Borepatch at 17:47, Thursday, 25 February

 Moving along, I couldn't take the bicycle to the Philippines, but I did the cameras, lenses, and flash. By this point, I was carrying one camera body with B+W film, taking pictures for the Squadron cruise book. The other body was carrying the Kodachrome.

Olongapo, in the P.I., 1983. Ask me no questions and I will tell you no lies. 

Here's a few. Nothing special, except that I had the camera there and ready, managed to get the exposure close and the picture in focus.


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PC broken

by Clayton Cramer in Clayton Cramer. at 17:02, Thursday, 25 February

I bought an Edimax 1200ac USB WiFi because it was tiny and therefore easier to bring with me.  Performance initially was very good, then slowed down.  Maybe I should have installed the drivers that came with it.  That killed it and worse, Windows 10 System Restore rendered my PC unbootable (first disappointing time) nor is there anyway to restore the system image on my network hard drive.  I sure hope my daily backups preserved all my files.


Off to Geek Squad, hoping they can restore without a complete reinstall.

UPDATE: Geek Squad looked at the error code and said, "Looks like a bad device driver," so they think they can get that nasty Edimax driver out and my PC operational again. 

 It's not so much that the Chinese government shoved swabs up the asses of Biden's State Department officials, it's the fact that the officials allowed it to happen.  Citizens of the US do not bow and they definitely don't take one up the ass, unless they're Eric Swalwell or probably Hunter Biden.

Of course it's just symbolic of the way that Biden and Company are bending over and taking it hard from the Chinese.  

And how they want to treat the citizens of the US.

When I Win The Pwerball

by Pawpaw in PawPaw's House at 17:09, Thursday, 25 February

When I win the Powerball, I'll need a way to get around.  I didn't know that Beech made a King Ranch Edition of the King Air.


This would absolutely be the very best way to get from my home to various gunfights across the United States.  I'd need a pilot, but maybe I could talk Termite into early retirement so he could fly me around the country.

Hey, everyone needs to dream, right?

[IDEX 2021] Caracal from the United Arab Emirates

by Giorgio O in The Firearm Blog at 17:00, Thursday, 25 February

The past year, and the beginning of the current one, has seen plenty of in-person events being canceled due to the pandemic. The organizers of IDEX and NAVDEX, in Abu Dhabi, UAE, decided instead to put in place rigorous health protocols and still welcome the biggest players of the defense industry. Here we’ll first see […]

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POTD: The Kahles 1-8×24 Riflescope (3GR)

by Eric B in The Firearm Blog at 16:30, Thursday, 25 February

POTD: The Kahles 1-8x24 Riflescope (3GR)Photo Of The Day and time for another picture taken through the reticle. We’re looking into the Kahles K18i, with the 3GR reticle. There is also an IPSC reticle, but I would prefer the 3GR. The K18i has a slim and streamlined design with all but the necessary features removed. It’s a great optic! You […]

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Could you take a human lifeWelcome back to TFB’s Concealed Carry Corner. Most people have heard various statistics about people being killed with their own gun, of which I don’t really pay attention to, since the typical sources are coming from known anti-gunners. However, I won’t deny that people have been killed with their own firearms, which could stem from […]

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14:55

Not too surprising. As Don Kilmer has remarked, the 9th ought to adopt a Circuit Rule that any panel opinion striking down a law on 2A grounds will automatically be set for en banc reconsideration. It's what the court does, anyway, so why not save people the trouble of filing a motion?

It'd be interesting to do some calculations, given how rarely the 9th grants en banc, so see what percentage of en-banc cases are composed of pro-2A rulings.

Why are we still in NATO?

by Borepatch in Borepatch at 13:01, Thursday, 25 February

NATO Secretary General wants solar powered tanks. [rolls eyes]

The comment there sums it up:

The stupid, it burns … an M1 tank gets 0.6 mpg. A gallon of diesel contains ~ 40 kWh of energy. A solar panel puts out ~ 1 kWh per day. A solar panel is about 17 sq. ft. You MIGHT fit four of them on an M1 tank without impairing the weapons and sensors. Then you’d need four Tesla Powerwall batteries, weight half a ton.With that setup, every ten days you could move your tank 0.6 miles …

Here's your sign.

Instapundit linked to an article about which cockroach to bet on in a fight and observed that if you are betting on cockroach fights "you may need help."  The comments that follow put more smiles on my face than the rest of week combined.  Yes, the Democratic primaries should be called "cockroach fights," and yes the lockdowns have been going too long. 

Remembering the M3A1

by Pawpaw in PawPaw's House at 13:32, Thursday, 25 February

 A great article over at Recoil magazine about the M3A1.

The old Grease Gun was named for its resemblance to the tool still used by mechanics today. Inspired by the British Sten and German MP40, and developed during early WWII, “the Greaser” was made almost entirely of stamped metal with only a couple of machined parts. Production cost was $15 per unit in 1943, equal to about $220 today. The Army touted it as more accurate than the Thompson, claiming a soldier firing an M3 full-auto offhand would keep 90 percent of his rounds inside a 6×6-foot target at 50 yards. We like to call this claim “absolute nonsense;” the Greaser was appreciated for its ability to spray an area with heavy .45 rounds, but nobody ever called it precise.

Nobody ever called it precise, but you could lay down a base of fire with it, and it was fairly easy to hit a half-silhouette at 50 meters.

The M3A1 was my favorite personal firearm during my Army years.  It was cheap, clunky, and inaccurate, but it was a helluva lot of fun to shot.  ...

 What the antis disparage as “weapons of war” are precisely what “We the People” are entitled to have. That’s why the militia was deemed “necessary to the security of a free State” by the Founders.  [More]

As Tench Coxe reminded us, "Their swords, and every other terrible implement of the soldier, are the birthright of an American..." You'd think an "originalist" would have known that.

An Idea Whose Time Has Come

by David Codrea in The War on Guns at 13:37, Thursday, 25 February

 Arizona Lawmakers to Cops: You Should Convict People Before You Take Their Stuff [More]

That'll never work.

[Via Michael G]

The Color of Money

by David Codrea in The War on Guns at 13:34, Thursday, 25 February

 Black Lives Matters Brought in $90 Million in 2020, but Local Chapters See Little of That Money [More]

So could I get in trouble for "Pimp My Yacht"?

[Via Michael G]

The Fewer, the Proud...

by David Codrea in The War on Guns at 13:27, Thursday, 25 February

 Why It's Going to Be Much Harder to Make Expert Under the Marines' New Rifle Qual Standard [More]

That's racist!

[Via Jess]

Fits the Profile...

by David Codrea in The War on Guns at 13:23, Thursday, 25 February

 “The Don’t Tread on Me tags say he probably has guns and is probably angry at some minority or politician,” a response to the post read as Adams Morgan residents and users of the community-based Next Door social media platform began to panic over the sight of the truck. [More]

The SPLC's work is finished here!

[Via Jess]

11:55

Classicfm.com:

How low can he go? Turns out, ludicrously, earth-shatteringly low…

Since 2012, Tim Storms has held the world record for the lowest ever vocal note – that’s a deliciously gravelly G -7 (0.189 Hz), which is eight octaves below the lowest G on the piano.

The American bass, who stretches the lowest male voice type to its extreme, holds the Guinness World Records for both the “lowest note produced by a human” and the “widest local range”.

Speaking to Classic FM in his winning year, Storms said his voice “was always low”.

“The older I get, the lower I get,” he said. “I never went through that adolescent voice changing phase.”

Pour some liquid thunder down a microphone, and Storms’ voice is sort of what you get (listen above).

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A Walk Through Civilization’s Ruins

by JDZ in Never Yet Melted at 09:13, Thursday, 25 February

Alexander Zubatov takes a walk through the Dante’s Hell that is Bill de Blasio’s New York City and reflects on the experience of living in the ruins of a formerly great civiization.

The subway is on the next block, and there should be at least two or three more trains stopping here before the 1 a.m. post-pandemic subway curfew hits. I descend one flight of steps, turn the corner past the curled-up form at their base, take another flight down and arrive at the turnstiles by what I know no name for other than the manned “token booth,” though tokens have not existed in years, the function of dispens...

Day Late and Dollar Short

by David Codrea in The War on Guns at 09:06, Thursday, 25 February

 Georgia Senate Passes Bill Requiring Voter I.D. For Absentee Ballots [More]

Cue the furious screams of "Disenfranchisement!" in 3...2...1...

[Via Michael G]

 

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Highlights From SIG Sauer’s New 2021 Catalog

by Matthew Moss in The Firearm Blog at 11:00, Thursday, 25 February

A week or so ago SIG Sauer dropped their 2021 catalog, with a few new gems including new Elite series pistols a new entry to the TREAD line of rifles and SIG’s 277 Furry ammunition. Let’s take a look! Here’s SIG Sauer’s announcement of the new catalog, which is available to view online at sigsauer.com/catalog NEWINGTON, […]

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Suppressor Hunting Bill Introduced to Vermont House

by Luke C. in The Firearm Blog at 10:00, Thursday, 25 February

Suppressor Hunting Bill Introduced to Vermont HouseA new bill has recently been introduced by Representative George Till of Vermont that would potentially allow hunters to hunt using suppressors. While suppressors are already legal in the state, it is currently not legal to go hunting with a suppressor equipped rifle in the state. The new bill titled Hearing Protection Act, House Bill […]

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Jubilee*

by Carl "Bear" Bussjaeger in The Zelman Partisans at 11:51, Thursday, 25 February

I wouldn’t normally put Babylon Bee stuff on TZP, but this one tickled me.

Ben Shapiro Honors Year Of Jubilee, Frees All Of The Libs He’s Owned

NASHVILLE, TN—In keeping with the ancient tradition ordained by God, Be...

08:55

Quote of the day—1776 United

by Joe in The View From North Central Idaho at 06:00, Thursday, 25 February

With HR127 being brought forward in early February of 2021, somebody tipped me off to a very small page where the phrase of the Second Amendment was being censored.  So we tried to replicate what we saw with an experiment. On Monday the 15th of February, First I posted a screenshot of the censored post, and it was fact-checked and censored behind the fact-check wall. Then I took a screenshot of the actual Second Amendment on Google and the same thing happened.

They were trying to tie it back to some misquoting of George Washington. They were saying the Second Amendment was fact-checked as not true.

1776 United
February 18, 2021
1776 United: Censoring the Second Amendment
[Emphasis added.

Perhaps, in their reality, it doesn’t actually exist. I’m okay with that. But their friends and relatives really should see that they get the help they need rather than letting them let them cause others harm when they are experiencing such delusions.—Joe]

IMPORTANT Southwest Florida Blogshoot update

by Borepatch in Borepatch at 07:39, Thursday, 25 February

Last night The Queen Of The World fell and broke her wrist.  The break is bad enough that she'll have to have surgery next week.  So far the Blogshoot is still on but I'm pushing the start time to 12:00 noon.  This will cut the day a little short but I'll have to set up by myself and so it will take longer than planned.

Please check this space on Friday evening for any changes - I don't think we'll change anything but life sometimes speaks in its Outdoors Voice.

 


On the plus side, the local Doc-In-A-Box was actually a 24 hour ER, with X-Ray and all that sort of thing.&...

Why people hate the BATFEIEIO so badly

by Firehand in Irons in the Fire at 07:13, Thursday, 25 February

[The ATF] showed up in late August and said basically, “Hey, it’s a machine gun, we’ve deemed it a machine gun.” I said, “What? When did this happen?”

They’re like, “Well we just deemed it a machine gun.”

I was like, “Ok, well where is my paperwork?”

“We don’t have any paperwork.”

“What do you mean you don’t have any paperwork? Is there, like, a report?”

“There is a report, but you can’t have it.”

“Wait a minute, you’re telling me it’s a machine gun, and there’s a report, but I can’t have the report.”

“You would have to go to court in order to get this report.”
Etc.  Such a level of bullshit is amazing.

They're apparently counting on saying 'Ignorance of the law is no excuse', except when you make a POINT of not telling people about a 'law' you created out of thin air, that doesn't(damn well shouldn't) work.

Of course, considering what a crapshow an awful lot of courts are anymore, you can't count on it.

Aw, crap. Cattle are back.

by Joel in The Ultimate Answer to Kings at 08:03, Thursday, 25 February

So yesterday on my way to afternoon chicken chores I saw suspicious tracks…


Distinctive tracks. Round split-hooved tracks. Cattle tracks. Grrr…

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#FireFauci

by Pawpaw in PawPaw's House at 06:16, Thursday, 25 February

 I don't do Twitter, so I don't know, but PJMedia tells me that the hashtag #FireFauci was trending yesterday.  Here's the headline.

'Fire Fauci' Trends on Twitter as His Mixed Messages and Inconsistencies Finally Get Called Out

Here's the deal with Fauci.  I don't believe anything he says anymore, because if I wait a couple of hours, whatever he says will change.  I understand that what he is doing is not an exact science, but his understanding of it should not change on an hourly basis. 

But, he probably cannot be fired.  He's a government worker, and is probably so ensconced in the Civil Service that he'll be there until he retires.  But, we can choose to ignore him, or mock him, or even write blog posts about how utterly inconsistent he has been.  He loves the media adulation, and he wants to be relevant, and once this pandemic is over, he'll go back to being a faceless functionary.

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The tyranny of local government, revisited (part 1)

by TPOL Nathan in The Price of Liberty at 05:00, Thursday, 25 February

Back on the 17th of August, 2017 – three and a half years ago, TPOL published this commentary.  In that time, the truth of the premise has been proven over and over ago.  It is worth sharing again, with a few more comments [in red italics]. Tyranny and terror are closely related: force and the threat of force is essential for government to enforce its edicts. And it grows more common and explicit.

The terror of local government in the Fifty States, part 1

The attitude and record of local governments across the Fifty States is incredibly distressing, to me and many others. It is not a series of isolated incidents, or of a few big urban areas or small rural towns, but a commonly-found situation in virtually every state and every region, for governments of all sizes.

Part of the incredible stress on our society comes from this attitude of government at the local level, where residents and businesses (and even passers-through) are ...

 

We're the Only Ones offensive enough... 

[Via Michael G]

Nobody Knows the Trouble She's Seen

by David Codrea in The War on Guns at 08:35, Thursday, 25 February

 Read it now, as it may well disappear when the NYT staff inform Sulzberger that it threatens their safety to have facts published in the newspaper. [More]

I had to right-click the Times link and open this in an incognito window to get past the paywall.

I don't suppose it occurs to anyone to send the lying racist ingrate back to her glorious homeland?

If anyone from there has room to complain:

Armed men abducted and beheaded a five-year-old albino girl in Mali at the weekend, police said, in what was feared to be a ritual murder for supposedly magic body parts.

How she can afford to go to Smith with th...

First Amendment Right to Videorecord TSA Patdown of Your Family Member [More]

And if you get Mad Maxie, you may be able to monetize it on Pornhub.

[Via Michael G]

It's Patriotic When THEY Do It

by David Codrea in The War on Guns at 07:39, Thursday, 25 February

 House takes first step in contested election review that may result in Republican being unseated [More]

And only a Nazi would cry "Baseless!"

[Via Michael G]

Feel the Unity and Healing

by David Codrea in The War on Guns at 07:34, Thursday, 25 February

Student columnist calls white peers returning to campus an ‘invasive species’ [More]

Between that and "vermin," I'd say we've pretty much been dehumanized enough for Phase Two...

[Via Michael G]

Consistent Editorial Standards

by David Codrea in The War on Guns at 07:29, Thursday, 25 February

 USA Today opinion writer: 'Bury the 500,000 COVID dead at Mar-a-Lago' [More]

I guess that's an improvement over wanting to kill gun owners.

A Gannett Publication.


Special Considerations

by David Codrea in The War on Guns at 07:16, Thursday, 25 February

Special prosecutor appointed in case of gun-waving couple in St. Louis [More]

Note the difference in how the release of names is treated.

Hey, they gotta build on the narrative of who is violent and dangerous.

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Don't It Make My Red State Blue?

by David Codrea in The War on Guns at 07:09, Thursday, 25 February

 Goldman Sachs Says Urban Flight To Last For Years [More]

And guess how most are going to vote.

[Via bondmen]

A Reliable Poll

by David Codrea in The War on Guns at 07:07, Thursday, 25 February

 Democrat Voters Overwhelmingly Believe “Trump Supporters” Are The #1 Problem In The Country [More]

If you think about it, for them we are.

[Via bondmen]

Speaking of Systemic

by David Codrea in The War on Guns at 07:04, Thursday, 25 February

44% of libs believe police killed 1,000 or more black men in 2019: It was actually 25 [More]

Just keep the truth confined to "conservative media" and the narrative'll be fine.

[Via bondmen]

 The well-placed sources told RCI the plainclothes officer has gone into hiding out of fear for his safety.  [More]

What's to worry about if they won't tell us who he is?

Well, they could, but you know what happens next.

When the government can "legally" hide the identity of its agents who kill citizens and keep the evidence at their disposal from being publicly scrutinized, it's pretty much game over for peaceable redress. I wonder if anyone doing that gets that.

Curious, how the DSM universally doesn't give a damn.

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The Family Way

by David Codrea in The War on Guns at 06:47, Thursday, 25 February

 Family of shooter who opened fired in a gun store now claiming he was ‘murdered’ by those who stopped him [More]

Where have we heard that before...?

[Via bondmen...

Narrative to Continue Unimpeded

by David Codrea in The War on Guns at 06:38, Thursday, 25 February

 Law Enforcement Confirms What We Already Knew About The Capitol Riots, Obliterates Democrats’ Narrative [More]

Yeah, but who reads Red State?

[Via bondmen]

Not So Smart Bomb

by David Codrea in The War on Guns at 06:35, Thursday, 25 February

 A New York man died and his brother was injured on Sunday when a small explosive device meant to be used as part of a gender reveal party malfunctioned and exploded. [More]

How can "some kind of pipe [with] explosive material" malfunction if it performed exactly as misdesigned? 

And I thought revealing gender was noninclusively binary and premature until Rachel Levine says it's time to operate...

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Secrets of the Trade

by David Codrea in The War on Guns at 06:12, Thursday, 25 February

The Lies Aren’t Secret - Thanks to friendly courts, the Deep State continues to avoid accountability, triumphant at home and abroad. [More]

We could tell you but we'd have to kill you.

[Via Michael G]

It's a Start

by David Codrea in The War on Guns at 06:02, Thursday, 25 February

Right now however, I’d like to ask you to help our friends in Yamhill County where tomorrow they will be considering a Second Amendment Sanctuary Ordinance to protect not only residents of Yamhill, but anyone who visits there. Fashioned after successful ordinances in other counties, their SASO simply says that the county will not spend money or police manpower arresting law abiding gun owners whose only crime is being the target of leftists in Portland. [More]

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Speaking of Undercurrents

by David Codrea in The War on Guns at 05:54, Thursday, 25 February

He brandished it for the webcam, then set it aside. [More]

Inigo?

That and guns are evidently racist.

You ought to go far in the AP, John Flesher.

[Via Mack H]

Late to the Party

by David Codrea in The War on Guns at 05:52, Thursday, 25 February

 Via LinkedIn:

I rarely visit my LinkedIn account because I'm not looking for work and I haven't found it to be an effective place to promote my articles. That said, I had occasion to go there this morning and found this notification from a month ago.

If you use Gun Facts, and you should, and get value from it, and ditto, how about sending in -- not a donation -- but honest and fair compensation for value received, kind of like we talked about the other day?

You can start here and ...

 The reason politicians “rely” on such polls like this latest bit of Gallup nonsense is to ascertain how successful they’ve been in swindling the ignorant out of their rights, and to determine what could work to further spook the herd. [More]

Who better to ask than those who really don't know a damn thing "thanks" to media lies of commission and omission?

THEY OPPOSE YOUR RIGHTS, BUT WANT YOUR MONEY

by Mas in at 06:00, Thursday, 25 February

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Very Rare and Mostly Pointless: the Bren Fixed Line Sight

by Ian McCollum in Forgotten Weapons at 05:27, Thursday, 25 February

The very early production MkI Bren light machine guns were made with two dovetail brackets on the left side of the receiver. The rear one was for the standard rear sight, and the front one was to accommodate two types of optical sights. A mounting for the No.32 telescopic sight (the same one used not he No4(T) sniper rifle) was planned, but never produced. What was made in small numbers by the Plessey company was a “fixed line sight”. This was really more like a surveyor’s tool than a traditional sight, and it used the same optical element as the Vickers dial sight that was introduced alongside it in 1939. The purpose was to allow a tripod-mounted Bren to be set up with specific limits to its field of fire, and then for the gun to be removed, used on the bipod elsewhere, and returned to the tripod and confirm the field of fire, especially in the dark. This is...

Two Warm Days, and Cigars

by David in Musings Over a Barrel at 06:19, Thursday, 25 February

After several weeks of cold weather and seemingly endless winter precipitation, we were treated to a couple days of warmer weather this week. Of course, I took advantage of that tease of spring to sit outside on the deck.

On the first day of the brief warming trend, I rushed outside right after dinner with a bottle of Elijah Craig bourbon and a CAO Pilón to go along with the libation. The sun would soon be setting and I did resort to turning on the heater at my feet. Nonetheless the hour long smoke and sips of bourbon provided a good digestive. The cigar's creamy cocoa and nutty notes were a good match for the vanilla and oak in the mild-mannered bourbon.

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Ruger Releases Jeff Quinn Memorial GP100 Revolver

by Luke C. in The Firearm Blog at 08:00, Thursday, 25 February

Ruger Releases Jeff Quinn Memorial GP100 RevolverIn honor of the late Jeff Quinn of Gunblast.com, Ruger has released a special edition memorial GP100 to honor his memory. The Memorial GP100 will feature Jeff’s visage complete with his famous beard and signature. In addition, the revolver will also feature a 4.2″ half-lug barrel, stainless steel hammer, non-fluted cylinder, and a gold bead […]

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Colion Noir and Tim Kennedy Join Nosler’s Project 48

by Hrachya H in The Firearm Blog at 07:00, Thursday, 25 February

Nosler Project 48 (1)As you know, 2020 was a record-breaking year in terms of firearm sales primarily due to the uncertainty caused by the pandemic. Many people (over 8 million!) who bought firearms in 2020 are first-time buyers. Understanding the importance of educating these new firearm owners on everything gun-related (safety, handling, maintenance, legal aspects, etc.), Nosler started […]

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Ukrainian KalashNash Multi-Caliber AK

by Hrachya H in The Firearm Blog at 06:00, Thursday, 25 February

Ukrainian KalashNash Multi-Caliber AK 11 (1)Ukrainian Mayak arms plant has designed an AK variant called KalashNash that has a quick barrel change feature. It is possible to change the caliber of this rifle to any popular intermediate cartridge (5.56×45, 7.62×39, 5.45×39, 6.5 Grendel, etc.) by swapping the populated barrels and using caliber-specific bolts and magazines. Presumably, the two slots cut at […]

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A Rare .22 Machine Gun: The American-180 M2

by James Reeves in The Firearm Blog at 06:00, Thursday, 25 February

The American-180 is a rare .22LR submachine gun developed in the 1960s which fires .22LR from a wind-up pan magazine. It originated with the Casull Model 290 that also used a flat pan magazine. Only 80 Casull M290s were built. The American-180 is an improved version of the Casull design. Today, James Reeves speaks with […]

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04:55

Hmph.

Large teacher car rally against MCPS reopening plan. pic.twitter.com/Ch1LFmsqIg

— Tim Carney (@TPCarney) February 23, 2021

If they wanted to end the fully vaccinated, over-unioned, teachers they should set a date to re-open the schools and stop paying the teachers that don't come back.  It's not like the county is taking in a lotta tax money with everyone not participating in the local economy as hard, where is the teacher salary money coming from?

We do, truly, live in amazing times.  SUCH a long mass quarantine!  Couldn't have done what we've done now back in 1920.   Or 1990 for that matter.  People would have had to break it pretty quick if not for the internet and our ability to get people to deliver everything.  No matter your opinion on the lockdown efficacy, the fact what was done was even possible amazed.  ...

Free Books- Part 222

by Greg Ellifritz in Active Response Training at 04:22, Thursday, 25 February

Amazon has a tremendous number of FREE ebooks on their website.  You can find thousands of free kindle books on Amazon’s site every day.  These books can be downloaded to a Kindle reader or a free App on your phone or personal computer.  Even if you don’t have a Kindle, you can download a free Kindle reader for your computer or phone HERE.  

 

Here are a few free books that I think my readers might enjoy. Check these out.

 

One caution….

 

These books were free at the time I posted them. Prices change rapidly. Please check the price before you hit the“buy” button!

 

If you cannot see any of the links below, there is likely a setting in either your internet browser or ad blocking software that prohibits “live links.”  If you see a blank page below, check those settings.  I promise you that there are book links actually listed directly below.

 

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Tips for Shooting Your AR

by Michelle Cerino in Hunting, shooting, fishing and adventure for women by women at 01:03, Thursday, 25 February

Just like people, ARs come in many shapes and sizes. They vary in weight, with options for a variety of different optics and other accoutrements. Some people add bipods and vertical grips, while others may add lasers and lights. Regardless of what your AR looks like, fundamentals, once learned and put into practice, make shooting it easier. These are some tips for shooting your AR.

Springfield Armory Hellcat, the worlds hiest capacity micro compact pistol.

Sponsored by Springfield Armory

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Preparedness Notes for Thursday — February 25, 2021

by James Wesley Rawles in SurvivalBlog.com at 23:04, Wednesday, 24 February

February 25th is the birthday of bluegrass music legend Ralph Stanley (1927 – 2016). His harmonizing and high tenor solos had an almost haunting sound to them. — SurvivalBlog Writing Contest Today we present another entry for Round 93 of the SurvivalBlog non-fiction writing contest. The prizes for this round include: First Prize: The photovoltaic power specialists at Quantum Harvest LLC  are providing a store-wide 10% off coupon. Depending on the model chosen, this could be worth more than $2000. A Gunsite Academy Three Day Course Certificate. This can be used for any of their one, two, or three-day course …

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The K.I.S.S. Principle and Transceivers – Part 2, by Tunnel Rabbit

by SurvivalBlog Contributor in SurvivalBlog.com at 23:03, Wednesday, 24 February

(Continued from Part 1.) UHF Business Band Transceivers This is a more versatile radio than the Midland MXT400 that can access off the beaten path frequencies, and provides much better COMSEC (Communications Security). These can use the same antenna, cable, and adapters detailed for the GMRS transceivers. This type of radio can be programmed per your instructions by BuyTwoWayRadios.com, and the radio is easy to use and rugged. Our choice of frequencies are limited by the radio to the UHF band, and the limits of the antenna that covers only a section of the UHF band. We can also purchase …

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The Survivalist’s Odds ‘n Sods

by James Wesley Rawles in SurvivalBlog.com at 23:02, Wednesday, 24 February

SurvivalBlog presents another edition of The Survivalist’s Odds ‘n Sods— a collection of news bits and pieces that are relevant to the modern survivalist and prepper from “JWR”. Our goal is to educate our readers, to help them to recognize emerging threats, and to be better prepared for both disasters and negative societal trends. You can’t mitigate a risk if you haven’t first identified a risk. Today, we look at a re-purposed Atlas Missile silo. Silo, Sweet Silo First up, Tim J. sent us a link to this at The Natural Building Blog: Underground Home Recycled from a Missile Silo. …

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The Editors’ Quote of the Day:

by James Wesley Rawles in SurvivalBlog.com at 23:01, Wednesday, 24 February

“We hear a great deal about the rudeness of the rising generation. I am an oldster myself and might be expected to take the oldsters’ side, but in fact I have been far more impressed by the bad manners of parents to children than by those of children to parents. Who has not been the embarrassed guest at family meals where the father or mother treated their grown-up offspring with an incivility which, offered to any other young people, would simply have terminated the acquaintance? Dogmatic assertions on matters which the children understand and their elders don’t, ruthless interruptions, flat …

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Chick-Fil-AR

by ENDO-Mike in Everyday No Days Off – Gun Blog at 00:08, Thursday, 25 February

My pleasure to present to you, the Chick-Fil-AR:

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3d Printed California Glock

by ENDO-Mike in Everyday No Days Off – Gun Blog at 00:00, Thursday, 25 February

This is a problem 😂😭::

Protect Reno May at all costs.  Holy I can’t believe all the hoops th...

Wednesday, 24 February

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I have a lot of need to think less; the use of my brain impairs my speech by tiring me out.


I have watched several amazing videos lately.  One is a sequence of episodes about precious metal recovery and refining.  The guy doing it claims to be a geologist,  but he knows a lot of very useful chemistry.  Episode 10 shows him recovering platinum from the shoulder of I-80.  Yes, it is coming out of catalytic converters.   From a small pile of dust smaller than your hand, he isolated and refined a bead of platinum.

Earlier episodes involve refining gold. If you remember freshman chemistry, you should remember aqua regia, the combination of nitric and sulfuric acid that dissolves gold. To medieval chemists, this ability to dissolve gold, the king of metals, is why they called it aqua regia. 

Just awesome.  Another amazing video is How to Make Nitroglycerin.  Don't try this at hom...

About to Go Into Shock

by Clayton Cramer in Clayton Cramer. at 20:09, Wednesday, 24 February

2/24/21 New York Times has an article about a widely publicized racism incident at Smith College in 2018 that turned out to be nothing od the sort, but badly injured some of the working class employees at a $78,000 a year college,  and it had led to a Critical Race Theory orgy of emotional attack on white employees. 


I am glad to see that for all its progressive craziness,  they have reporters prepared to not toe the Party line.

By Jeff Gurwitch February 24, 2021 Let’s be real, when it comes to rifle slings, most shooters have settled upon using 2-point slings (with a single adjustable strap, connected to the rifle at the buttstock and handguard). Multi-point slings and single points have for the most part faded out of large-scale use. Multi-point slings have …

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Read Now

by Clayton Cramer in Clayton Cramer. at 14:48, Wednesday, 24 February

 As much as I hate National Review for its Never-Trumpism, this article points out that V-C day uis coming and soon:

Rates of infection have retreated before, but this time will be different, because a colossal number of Americans (perhaps ...

Democrats Pushing Censorship

by Clayton Cramer in Clayton Cramer. at 14:39, Wednesday, 24 February

 Members of Congress asking cable TV companies to drop conservative news channels for doubleplusngood news:

Yet, to our knowledge, the cable, satellite, and over-the-top companies that disseminate these media outlets to American viewers have done nothing in response to the misinformation aired by these outlets. 14 AT&T currently carries Fox News, Newsmax, and OANN on U-verse, DirecTV, and AT&T TV. 15 As a company that serves 17 million Americans,16 AT&T plays a major role in 2 the spread of dangerous misinformation that enabled the insurrection of January 6th and hinders our public health response to the current pandemic.
It is for these reasons we ask that you provide us with responses to the following questions about AT&T’s policies toward content carried on U-verse, DirecTV, and AT&T TV by March 8, 2021:
1. What moral or ethical principles (including those related to journalistic integrity, violence, medical information, and public health) do you apply in deciding whi...

Astonishing Video

by Clayton Cramer in Clayton Cramer. at 13:55, Wednesday, 24 February

Something to think about Civil War wise, this video asks what the two countries would be like if the solidly Democratic and Republican states went their separate ways?  A lot more equal than I thought. 


https://youtu.be/rsTo_iq2SJ8

On January 25, Polish media outlet Onet.pl published an article about the MSBS GROT, the new service rifle recently introduced by the Polish Armed Forces. The MSBS Grot is produced by Fabryka Broni “Łucznik” in Radom, part of the Polish Armaments Group, a state-owned holding company. The article reported on a series of trials conducted by a […]

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POTD: French Foreign Legion at Sea with HK416F and FN MinimiSoldiers from the French Foreign Legion with a Heckler & Koch HK416F and the FN Minimi (Mini-Mitrailleuse – Mini machine gun), These pictures are from the 2ème Régiment Etranger d’Infanterie and as you can see they’re at sea. Caption (computer translated from French): On land and at sea, the DRAGON Embedded Tactical Group (GTE) does […]

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Wheelgun Wednesday: Early Gas-Seal Revolvers

by Rusty S. in The Firearm Blog at 16:00, Wednesday, 24 February

Wheelgun Wednesday: Early Gas-Seal RevolversNot So Fast, Nagant When we think of a revolver candidate for a suppressor, invariably our mind drifts to the M1895 Nagant.  A good revolver, to be true.  Gas-sealed revolvers, however, were around far earlier, with the UK having a rich history of development in this type of firearms.  What is a gas-seal revolver?  In […]

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Our very own Miguel has graciously offered to run the El Presidente drill at Saturday's blogshoot.  For those of you not familiar with El Presidente, Pew Pew Tactical has a good overview:

“El Presidente” is a shooting drill originally developed by Jeff Cooper (remember the 4 firearm safety rules) when he was training security for a South American president.  The name came about when it was incorporated into USPSA/IPSC as a standardized stage.
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11 years of blogging

by Borepatch in Borepatch at 10:38, Wednesday, 24 February

The Silicon Graybeard has been dishing up awesome free content for 11 years now.   He's a daily read for me (heck, maybe he'll come to a blogshoot sometime, too, hint hint).  Go give him some commenty love.

Cardboard as Sheet Metal Stand-in

by Clayton Cramer in Clayton Cramer. at 13:12, Wednesday, 24 February

Whichever of you suggested that I mock up a design in cardboard: Thank you!  I now have all the dimensions to do it in very thin sheet steel, with the advantage that using a metal brake on steel holds a bend a lot better than when bending a pizza box.

Finally, a researcher whose work seems to support, rather the attack, Second Amendment rights. David Schwebel, a psychology professor, and his associates describe a training program to improve children’s ability to safely deal with guns. Perhaps surprising to those who read academic studies regarding firearms, they imply that children’s exposure to firearms is not unusual […]

I have a love/hate relationship with primer tools.

This is my current go-to tool, an RCBS that works fine, really. Doesn’t need a whole set of individual case holders, which is a big plus. Gives you enough leverage that it’s not a hand exerciser but not so much you’re crushing primers. Eliminates that idiotic elevator thing Lee tools have that seats the primer sideways half the time. But it does have one very ...

The 2020 Election and Our Inquisitorial Establishment

by JDZ in Never Yet Melted at 11:16, Wednesday, 24 February

Michael Anton (famous for the 2016 “Flight 93 Election” essay) reflects on all the arm-twisting going on anent acceptance of the 2020 Election’s legitimacy and he has plenty of intelligent observations.

Recently, I appeared as a guest on Andrew Sullivan’s podcast. Sullivan is vociferously anti-Trump, so I expected us to disagree—which, naturally, we did. But I was surprised by the extent to which he insisted I assent to his assertion that the...

Seriously WTF. WTF on steroids.

by Midwest Chick in Non-Original Rants at 13:20, Wednesday, 24 February

 Indiana's state of emergency has been extended yet another 30 years days.  The stated reason:  there's going to be a bunch of NCAA tournaments in Indianapolis so the state needs to be kept under lock and key because basketball.   I can't even completely convey my disgust in words, even four letter words.  

Fucking pussy with his sports metaphors can kiss my ass.  If the emergency really is an emergency after a year, then they shouldn't be doing the tournaments.  If they are allowing the tournaments, then there is no emergency.

Laser Target

by Pawpaw in PawPaw's House at 13:55, Thursday, 25 February

 Belle bought us a laser target for fast draw practice that doesn't require ammunition. We have some laser cartridge's that we've used in the past, but this system takes it up one level, so that we can actually get times, and score hits and misses.  The system is sold through the Association website,   I already had the timers, so we only had to buy the laser target.


I spent part of this morning learning to set it up and calibrate it.  The learning curve is pretty flat once you read the instructions, but it does have to be calibrate...

Speaking of Sideshow Busts...

by David Codrea in The War on Guns at 11:42, Wednesday, 24 February

Oh, wait, they're talking about something else...
Shots fired near kids, bricks thrown at officers: Kansas City police detail sideshow bust [More]

Now hold the damn phone: I thought Hizzoner made those illegal...?

Next, you're gonna be telling me his Blo...

HOW MUCH MORE INSANITY MUST WE ENDURE AS AMERICANS? [More]

The important thing is not to snap and then lose it, because that ignores Patton's maxim and won't end well.

When it comes to our little wheelhouse, we're still able to DRES for success...

Make them the ones who go nuts

UPDATE

The daftest bit of madness, the war on biological gender, is just part of it all. Sanity itself is now on trial, according to a book review in The Post’s Sunday Outlook section, “How colonialism and capitalism helped place a stigma on mental illness.”

It's NSFW, but I heard a version of this joke...

[W]e have received unfortunate news that the receiver of the T36 will now be classified by ATF as a machinegun receiver.  ATF has recently determined that the blocks and restrictions manufactured into our semi-automatic receiver (which are a replica of the SL8 prevention method) are not sufficient and now require an auto sear block on this platform. We disagree with this position but do not make the regulatory decisions. [More]
Len Savage via Stephen Stamboulieh aims to find out who did, and why:


ATF and its ever-"evolving" rulings. Is it any wonder those whose birthright "shall not be infringed" love it so?

It's Good to be the King

by David Codrea in The War on Guns at 05:54, Thursday, 25 February

 Governor Andrew Cuomo has created a culture within his administration where sexual harassment and bullying is so pervasive that it is not only condoned but expected. His inappropriate behavior toward women was an affirmation that he liked you, that you must be doing something right. He used intimidation to silence his critics. And if you dared to speak up, you would face consequences. [More]

So Cuomosexuality is a disorder...?

[Via Mack H]

UPDATE:
Andrew Cuomo accused of sexual harassment; leading liberal women refuse comment
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 "Tech co. believes that a more equitable world will be built by people with organizing superpowers. To achieve this vision, we are building one seamless, intuitive, and intelligent platform that integrates data, tools, and experiences to give anyone those superpowers," reads one job listing for chief technology officer. [More]

Not "anyone." That "left/right" blather is just that.

You can bet anyone who doesn't pass ideological muster will be "deplatformed" quicker than you can say "baseless."

A Spool of Prevention

by David Codrea in The War on Guns at 12:29, Wednesday, 24 February

 Minneapolis Sets Up Barbed Wire Fence as George Floyd Murder Trial Approaches [More]

Who do these people think they are? Congress?

That a Democrat administration is doing this against a more radical faction tells me that schism could split wide open and fracture into many pieces.

[Via Michael G]

Heimatschutzministerium News

by David Codrea in The War on Guns at 12:19, Wednesday, 24 February

 Democrat Ministry of Propaganda: DHS Blames “Right Wing Terrorists” for 2020’s Antifa/BLM Leftwing Terror [More]

You know how this works.

[Via Michael G]

All Budenovka and No Cattle

by David Codrea in The War on Guns at 12:05, Wednesday, 24 February

War on Texas Is a War on America - Opening the border, relaxing voter integrity laws. [More]

And as with the War on America, their greatest enemy is domestic.

[Via Mack H]

A Subject Matter Expert

by David Codrea in The War on Guns at 12:13, Wednesday, 24 February

An MSNBC political analyst who once encouraged terrorists to blow up a Trump Tower building is set to testify in a House hearing on domestic terrorism. [More]

With the understanding that Trump is an avatar, what he really means is your house.

[Via Michael G]

Analysis: Has Gun Rights Leader Gottlieb Defined Common Sense?

by Dave Workman in Liberty Park Press at 12:08, Wednesday, 24 February

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New Shooting Rests for 2021 from Birchwood Casey

by Luke C. in The Firearm Blog at 11:00, Wednesday, 24 February

New Shooting Rests for 2021 from Birchwood CaseyShooting rests are a great tool to have for almost every range trip especially if accuracy is your aim for the day. Birchwood Casey has five new shooting rests for 2021 which include the Alpha, Bravo, Echo, Foxtrot, and Tango rests each with their own specific set of features and specialties. New Shooting Rests for […]

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Springfield Armory Introduce New HEX Red Dot Optics

by Matthew Moss in The Firearm Blog at 10:00, Wednesday, 24 February

Springfield Armory have announced the launch of a new line of red dot optics for pistols and rifles. The new HEX line launches with two new sights: the WASP, a micro red dot reflex sight designed for concealed carry pistols, and the DRAGONFLY, a standard size red dot which can be mounted on rifles and […]

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I'm engaged in a project to dramatically reduce the number of books and magazines in the attic. I had been dragging stuff to Half Price Books in fits and starts before the Time of the 'Rona, and since then I've just been dropping off boxes at the Goodwill store on Keystone Avenue.


Gun magazines are mostly goners except for ones I'm in, or older ones I use for reference. In fact, most magazines are going away except a few old collectibles and my fairly complete library of Car and Driver. Nonfiction books are getting culled pretty heavily, keeping only ones I'll use for reference purposes or found entertaining enough that I'll likely reread them at some point.

The fiction paperback shelves are getting culled in much the same fashion: Outside of certain classics or favorite authors, the general test is "Am I going to reread this?" As an example, the Harry Turtledove shelves got cleared pretty heavily. I liked most of his stuff just fine when I read it, and I definiely recommend him as an author, but most of it just doesn't have a lot of re-reading potential for me, personally.

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Dad Joke XXXVII

by Borepatch in Borepatch at 07:57, Wednesday, 24 February

How did the kleptomaniac treat his condition?

He took something for it.

Bow Crime

by Clayton Cramer in Clayton Cramer. at 09:29, Wednesday, 24 February

 Some years ago, there was a murder for hire in Sonoma County with a crossbow.  The bad guys kidnapped a business rival of their employer near Sacramento and eventually killed him in northern Sonoma County.  I guess California gun control worked; they did not use a gun for murder.  I thought this very odd, but I just found this video on YouTube:



No reason to light the fire…


…lit the fire anyway.

Hey, there was a time when morning fire was optional when indoor temp was in the 40’s, forbidden when it was in the 50’s. But that was more than 10 years ago and ‘cool’ seems like cold now.

Inconvenient News

by Sailorcurt in Captain of a Crew of One at 07:59, Wednesday, 24 February

When I first stumbled across this story in the Sun (hat tip to Citizen’s Free Press)

The ex-con admitted to cops that he killed 41-year-old mother of two Andrea Lynn Blankenship and cut out her heart to cook it and eat it on February 9.

I wondered why I hadn’t seen anything about it in the US mainstream media.

But then I saw the pictures of the perpetrator:Perpetrator

And the Victim:Victim

Oh…now I get it. Can’t print any news that doesn’t support the “systemic racism” narrative.

And I’m pretty sure that noticing this makes me a white...

Speaking of Ethically Problematic...

by David Codrea in The War on Guns at 09:47, Wednesday, 24 February

 Academics called breastfeeding 'ethically problematic' because it endorses 'gender roles.' [More]

So draw and quarter them in utero, starve them to death if they escape. Problem solved.

Although I'm sure the movers behind this would prefer the Mr. Natural approach (and I won't hotlink to https://fantasymerchantblog.files.wordpress.com/2019/08/img_3705.jpg?w=723 and suggest you don't satisfy your curiosity by going there, but we are, after all, exploring the depths of the "progressive" mind)...

[Via Michael G]

I Know You Are But What Am I?

by David Codrea in The War on Guns at 09:35, Wednesday, 24 February

 China Responds to Ottawa Genocide Declaration by Accusing Canada of… Genocide [More]

I'd love to see some deep fake pro come up with a Jinping/Justin version of this...

[Via Michael G]

Commanders in Chief

by David Codrea in The War on Guns at 09:24, Wednesday, 24 February

Say, Why Are House Dems Calling On Biden To Give Up Full Control Of Nuclear Weapons? [More]

Because separation of powers was just a suggestion...

Of course, there's an easier way, but that's not what this is really about, and since when has being grossly unconstitutional ever slowed Democrats down?

[Via Michael G]

Speaking of Evil and Senseless...

by David Codrea in The War on Guns at 09:15, Wednesday, 24 February

 “This is a deeply sad and tragic day for Bi-State Development and Metro Transit,” Bi-State Development President and CEO Taulby Roach said in a statement Sunday afternoon, adding that the security guard was killed “due to an evil and senseless act of violence.” [More]

And the fact that you and your board made sure "those security officers wouldn’t carry firearms" had nothing to do with the outcome, eh, Taulby...?

Stopping the Signal

by David Codrea in The War on Guns at 09:06, Wednesday, 24 February

 Deplatforming Alert: GoDaddy Investigating Sites It Hosts or Registers for Connection to Capitol Hill Riot - The Soros-connected group Accountable.US, is demanding GoDaddy deplatform even groups such as Turning Point USA and Women for America First. [More]

Nice to know who's telling Americans what political speech is permissible...

[Via Michael G]

 Vietnam veteran, 82, bludgeons a knife-wielding home intruder, 61, to death with the butt of his shotgun after suspect attacked his wife [More]

So will this be counted as a "gun death"?

[Via Florida Guy]

Not Too Late to Turn Things Around

by David Codrea in The War on Guns at 08:44, Wednesday, 24 February

Democrats starting to panic over a reckoning at the polls for blue-state bungling of COVID [More]

No worries...

[Via bondmen]


Turkeys in the Straw

by David Codrea in The War on Guns at 08:35, Wednesday, 24 February

 Among the straw purchases observed by agents during the gun show were a transaction by a straw purchaser who bought an Uzi and long gun for Fields using money Fields passed to the purchaser, officials said. Fields was arrested by agents, who obtained a search warrant for his home, where they said they recovered 13 additional guns. [More]

So the government, established to actualize the goals of the Preamble, knows he can't be trusted with a gun...?

[Via bondmen...

We're the Only Ones Denied Enough

by David Codrea in The War on Guns at 08:21, Wednesday, 24 February

Denying a motion for dismissal made by Wake County Sheriff Gerald Baker, a U.S. District Court Judge in North Carolina has ruled that plaintiffs challenging last year’s “temporary suspension” of processing pistol purchase permits, allegedly due to the COVID-19 outbreak and state of emergency declared by Gov. Roy Cooper, may pursue damage claims and associated claims for declaratory relief and attorney’s fees. [More]

Between that and this...

This Should End Well

by David Codrea in The War on Guns at 08:05, Wednesday, 24 February

 No Charges For Rochester Officers In Death Of Daniel Prude [Watch]

It doesn't look like the weather's going to be a problem...

[Via Jess]

 Marin residents misuse access codes meant for Black, Latino communities to get COVID-19 vaccines [More]

Any questions?

[Via Steve T

Won't You Fly High, Free Bird, Yeah

by David Codrea in The War on Guns at 07:47, Wednesday, 24 February

Illinois becomes first state to eliminate cash bail [More]

This should end well.

And the only thing "systemic" about racism is the way the left exploits the term to tar its opponents.

[Via Steve T

 The warrant is the latest step in an investigation that began a year ago, after the disappearance of dozens of firearms from the gun store of the Los Angeles Police Revolver and Athletic Club, a private organization whose members are in law enforcement. [More]

"Only Ones" guns at "Only Ones" prices!

[Via Steve T

Speaking of 'Unity and Healing'

by David Codrea in The War on Guns at 06:57, Wednesday, 24 February

 Biden Gun Control Plan Would ‘Criminalize’ up to 105 Million People: Gun-rights Group [More]

I'd like to see the plan for rounding us up fleshed out.

[Via DDS]

HellCat RDP First Look

by Forrest Cooper in Recoil at 08:18, Wednesday, 24 February

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Taurus Introduce New Raging Hunter in .460 S&W

by Matthew Moss in The Firearm Blog at 08:00, Wednesday, 24 February

Taurus Introduce New Raging Hunter in .460 S&WTaurus USA have introduced a new addition to their Raging Hunter series chambered in .460 S&W. The new hunting revolver will be available in a range of three barrel lengths, 8-3/8″, 6-3/4″ and 5-1/8″ and will come in two finishes – all black and a two-tone with MSRPs of $968.18 and $983.33 respectively. Last year Adam took a look […]

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Pedersoli Black Widow Single-Shot Rimfire Rifle

by Hrachya H in The Firearm Blog at 07:00, Wednesday, 24 February

Pedersoli Black Widow Single-Shot Rimfire Rifle (1)New for 2021 in Davide Pedersoli’s catalog of firearms is a single-shot hammer-fired .22LR rifle called Black Widow. This is a break-action gun with the barrel folding towards the stock until it reaches the grip. When folded, the gun has quite a compact triangular shape and according to the manufacturer, can be easily stored in […]

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  • The 2nd amendment to our nation’s constitution guarantees the individual right to keep and bear arms.
  • WSSA members have taken a firm stance on protecting this right and ensuring that no person, legally entitled to possess a firearm, realizes any pressure from laws inconsistent with the Constitution.
  • We continue to monitor this issue, both regionally and nationally and join to defeat any legislation that seeks to impair our 2nd amendment right including Amicus Briefs in support of second amendment rights in lawsuits in California, Maryland, and Colorado.

Western States Sheriffs’ Association
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Western States Sheriffs’ Association web site page About
[I’ve heard details via private channels which are even more reassuring.—Joe]

Installing the mag release button before replacing the trigger/trigger-bow. 

And ALL 1911 gunsmiths have done that.  More than once.  Guaranteed.  They often don't care to admit it... 

SCOTUS Punts

by Pawpaw in PawPaw's House at 04:39, Wednesday, 24 February

 The US Supreme Court has once again punted on the Pennsylvania election case, claiming that now that the election is over, the question is MOOT.  

Here’s the thing about this particular case in Pennsylvania. The legislature had voted and passed legislation that mandated ALL ballots, including absentee ballots, be received by 8pm on election night. Any ballots received after that deadline wouldn’t be counted. This was a well-known rule throughout Pennsylvania. 

 But then, the State Supreme Court got involved after Democrats sued. Suddenly, in the midst of the election, after ballots had already been sent out, the court moved the deadline to three days AFTER the election. Their reasons? Covid and the U.S. mail. Stupid reasons if you ask me. But that is what Pennsylvania’s court did. They arbitrarily overruled the legislation because reasons. What’s even worse about their ruling is it also opened the door to allowing ballots to be counted, even if no signature nor a valid postmark. But nothing to see here,...

Crashing careers – and lessons we can learn from them

by TPOL Nathan in The Price of Liberty at 05:00, Wednesday, 24 February

All around us, it seems that political careers of major movers and shakers are cratering. Boom! Flatter than a pancake.

They are in both old parties – with various political philosophies.

But I think we can learn a lot from their trials and tribulations. Even if we don’t gloat over their falls.

Most recently, we welcome Senator Ted Cruz to the stage. Or maybe we are just hoisting him up like a piñata. He did it to himself. Fun as it might be to escape a nasty winter storm and power outage by going to a nice warm tropical resort – even if was previously scheduled? Stupid, stupid, stupid. For a politician, a public figure, and someone with the enemies Mr. Cruz has. (Doesn’t mean his political enemies and the twitter-goons aren’t over-reacting. But what do we expect?)

Then we have those two “anchor” State governors, darlings of the “left” and social justice warriors everywhere.

Oh, but that is so yesterday! Now governor-emperors Cuomo and Newsom are suddenly targets for their failures in handling the Lockdown. After months and months of...

Half the Battle

by David Codrea in The War on Guns at 06:05, Wednesday, 24 February

Gun sales booming among women, Black Americans [More]

Yeah?

How do they vote?

If being into guns was all it took, we'd have no better pal than Lon Horiuchi.

As the saying goes, it's not about guns, it's about freedom.

[Via Jim S]

Refuse to be a Bystander

by David Codrea in The War on Guns at 05:57, Wednesday, 24 February

Mercer County, MO declares gun laws null, authorizes Sheriff to arrest federal agents [More]

Now that's what I call rights enforcement!

Has everybody here done your due diligence?

Ghosting Freedom

by David Codrea in The War on Guns at 05:42, Wednesday, 24 February

 “Untraceable ghost guns are now the emerging guns of choice across the nation,” Feuer said. “Nobody who could buy a serialized gun and pass a background check would ever need a ghost gun. Yet we allege Polymer80 has made it easy for anyone, including felons, to buy and build weapons that pose a major public safety threat.” [More]

"Weapons of choice," eh?

It's not a "Bill of Needs."

The major threat to public safety is overwhelmingly Democrat constituents who have proven they can't be trusted without a custodian.

Der!

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Life in the Basket of Deplorables

by David Codrea in The War on Guns at 06:45, Wednesday, 24 February

  Not only must Americans accept that Trump is an insurrectionist, but they must also believe gun owners are insurrectionists, too. [More]

Yep. Trump is an avatar.

Everything they want to do to him they want to do to you.

But first, your guns...

That Makes Them Culpable

by David Codrea in The War on Guns at 06:28, Wednesday, 24 February

 Biden Approval at 57%-36%; By 55%-39% Margin, Virginians Approve of Gov. Northam’s COVID Response [More]

No doubt

Not that it has anything to do with that "single issue"...

And Jorge helped!

[Via Mack H]

Bren MkI: The Best Light Machine Gun of World War Two

by Ian McCollum in Forgotten Weapons at 05:27, Wednesday, 24 February

In the years after World War One, the British military wanted a new machine gun, and they wanted it to replace both the Lewis and the Vickers. Through the 1920s the British would tinker with most of the light machine guns that became available, but it was not until the early 1930s that a serious formal trial was conducted. The initial trials found three particularly encouraging guns; the ZB-26, Madsen, and Vickers-Berthier. Over a series of followup testing, the Madsen and Vickers-Berthier were both eliminated, leaving the Czechoslovakian ZB as the final choice.

The British were extremely enthusiastic about the qualities of the ZB, and it is understandable why. The final .303 British version, the Bren, is widely regarded as the best magazine-fed light machine gun ever made. In its final preproduction trial, one of the prototype guns endured a 150,000-round trial without any...

Springfield Armory Hellcat Rapid Defense Package (RDP)

by Eric B in The Firearm Blog at 06:00, Wednesday, 24 February

Rapid Defense Package – That’s the Springfield Armory Hellcat‘s name in its latest edition. Paired with the brand new HEX Micro Red Dot, a Gen 2 trigger, a threaded barrel with a self-indexing compensator to tame the muzzle rise, the package looks quite interesting. There is also a version with an ambidextrous manual safety for […]

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Preparedness Notes for Wednesday — February 24, 2021

by James Wesley Rawles in SurvivalBlog.com at 23:04, Tuesday, 23 February

On February 24, 1970 an avalanche took the lives of 29 Swiss Army officers in Reckingen, Switzerland. — To those who have been sending anxious e-mails about the status of their orders for SurvivalBlog Archive USB Sticks, here is an update: The second batch of orders starting mailing Monday, following a brief delay while our fulfillment team was awaiting a new supply of padded mailers.  All orders placed one or before February 20th should be mailed within the next 14 days.  Please note that we had advertised: “Please allow 4 to 6 weeks for delivery.” Thanks for your patience. – …

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The K.I.S.S. Principle and Transceivers – Part 1, by Tunnel Rabbit

by SurvivalBlog Contributor in SurvivalBlog.com at 23:02, Tuesday, 23 February

Editor’s Introductory Note:  Because of the length of this detailed article, it will be serialized into five parts. — I’ll begin with a note of warning for those who would delve into, or recommend sophisticated radio equipment.  The learning curve can be steep, and it requires a significant investment of time to become competent. I recommend using the “Keep, Simple, Stupid” (K.I.S.S.) principle. The apocryphal originator of the K.I.S.S. principle was no simpleton. He was the aircraft design genius Kelly Johnson, and we should heed the advice. It is likely that simple-to-use equipment is the best choice for most. Here …

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The Editors’ Quote of the Day:

by James Wesley Rawles in SurvivalBlog.com at 23:01, Tuesday, 23 February

“Few people realize the immensity of vacancy.” – H. G. Wells, The War of the Worlds

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Print Shoot Repeat – 3d Printing Guns

by ENDO-Mike in Everyday No Days Off – Gun Blog at 00:08, Wednesday, 24 February

New to 3d printed gun YouTube.  STRONG right out of the gate:

More trials and tribulations with the 3d printed VZ 61:

The channel is Print Shoot Repeat.  The production quality is high, editing is on point, and the music is great.  Such a good brand name too.  Printing VZ 61 as one of his first prints is such a flex.  I watched the parts kit unboxing video too.  I bet the parts industry is lucrative as hell right now, hopefully there is enough supply ...

AK-50 Update – FEB 2021

by ENDO-Mike in Everyday No Days Off – Gun Blog at 00:00, Wednesday, 24 February

We the people keep badgering Brandon to finish the AK-50.. so he gives us updates.  The circle of life:

Really cool to hear about the changes.  “Building in public” has become popular over the past few years with software, but Brandon is still the only guy (that I know of) working on such an ambitious project in the gun community whose talking about the steps a long the way.  I wish more people would take his lead.  If you know of any others let me know so I can take a look.

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Featured blogger Rogue Preparedness walks you through how to make a DIY oil lamp. ~ The Editors

Making your own oil lamp is extremely easy. One of the benefits of making your own oil lamp is that there are many different kinds of oils and fats to choose from.

  • Olive oil
  • Castor oil
  • Vegetable oil
  • Fish oil
  • Nut and seed oil
  • Tallow
  • Butter

You can use practically any type fo cooking oil and most fats.

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Tuesday, 23 February

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Kodachrome Nostalgia III

by ASM826 in Borepatch at 17:59, Tuesday, 23 February

 Hiroshima was about 30 km north of the base I was stationed at. I took the train a couple of times, but riding up the coast on a bicycle gave you mobility once you got there. I had saddlebags and a rack so the camera gear went with me.

Rocky and I would explore the city, wander the ginza (the shopping district), and sometimes stay late in the bar district before cycling home. Peace Park was one of our regular stops and I kept trying to take the definitive photo. 

I finally took this one night.


I remember a l...

I wasn’t expecting any particular controversy over yesterday’s post. I just noticed something on a package I thought worthy of mention, and then I mentioned it. But apparently I broke some peoples’ rules – I actually got an email from a long-time and valued reader who announced an intent to flounce off and darken my door no more. Probably there were others, I don’t know.

I wasn’t expecting that. It didn’t just surprise me, it depressed me. Happily, though, I happened to drop in on the Adaptive Curmudgeon, a little place on TUAK’s blogroll that I admit I don’t visit every day – and to my delight I found that he had resumed telling the tale of The Lesbian Activist Squirrels.

The Lesbian Squirrels is a serialized story, long since more than novel-length, which proceeds in fits and starts whenever the Curmudgeon’s muse shakes off her hangover enough to kick him in the pants and get him writing. It’s been going on for years and like most serialized stories the plot kind of wanders into the weeds t...

Elon Musk Responds

by Pawpaw in PawPaw's House at 18:23, Tuesday, 23 February

 There are reports that Elon Musk has moved to Texas.  When seeking conformation, Musk responded with a reply that many should use when talking to the media.


Oh, snap.

223 RemingtonToday, February 23rd, 2021 is an exciting excuse to go over one of the most popular and even disputed cartridges in North America. The .223 Remington cartridge designed all the way back in 1957. This lovable 22 caliber cartridge is a regular mainstay whether it is used for varmint hunting like coyotes to prairie dogs […]

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POTD: FN F2000 at NATO enhanced Forward Presence Battle Group LatviaThe FN F2000 is the standard issue rifle for the Slovenian Armed Forces. In case you think you see it rarely it’s because FN Herstal has stopped the production. It was probably released a few hundred years too early, don’t you think? Soldiers from Slovenia take aim on a range at Camp Adazi, Latvia. Slovenia […]

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Hot Gat or Fudd CrapWelcome everyone to the 82nd edition of ‘Hot Gat or Fudd Crap?’, one of our many series here on TFB. If you’re new to the series, this is where we look at the most obscure firearms that are actually for sale and ask the question – is this Gat a sweet deal or only have […]

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to give you all the data. See what you can find missing amongst all the ' an incident in July in which a pickup truck pulling a horse trailer drove through Black Lives Matter protesters on Interstate 244 in Tulsa' and 'a 29-year-old man was dragged to his death beneath a tractor-trailer that drove into a sign-carrying group on a road' stuff.

That's right, no mention of 'protesters' trying to break widows to get to the driver and passengers. Often armed 'protesters'. Which you would think is rather important to the story. Because that part they don't want to you to hear about.

Political operatives with bylines.  Nothing more.


Illegal In The Topic Should Be A Clue

by Pawpaw in PawPaw's House at 15:14, Tuesday, 23 February

Senator Hawley asks Judge Merrick Garland if illegal border crossing should be a crime.  Garland acts like this is a brand-new legal concept.  Something he has never considered.


C'mon, Judge, this isn't a trick question.  The word "illegal" is right there in the description.

Is illegal border crossing a crime?  Merrick Garland doesn't seem to know.

Thank God he wasn't confirmed as a Supreme Court Justice.

The government we deserve

by Sailorcurt in Captain of a Crew of One at 13:36, Tuesday, 23 February

I keep being told (by the ones who don’t just dismiss the obviously stolen 2020 election out of hand) that all the ills we suffered during the last election are going to be fixed before the next one, so Republicans have a good chance of taking back congressional majorities after the elections in 2022.

Sure they will

The “Establishment” Republicans, who are basically nothing more than the flip side of the same coin as the big government Democrats, were so desperate to get Trump out of office that they were willing to allow the voting process itself to be compromised. Now that the Genie’s out of the bottle, they’re not getting it back in. The precedent has been set. We’ve basically demonstrated to the democrats that they can change the rules whenever they want and steal an election with no consequences. They can do it brazenly and even on video and nothing will be done to correct it, not by the legislatures and ...

Murthy's Law

by David Codrea in The War on Guns at 13:46, Tuesday, 23 February

 However, Republicans will likely be united, or close to it, in opposing Murthy’s confirmation because of what he did as surgeon general. Most notably, Murthy advocated treating gun violence as a public health problem. That may well be reason enough to oppose him if, like me, you believe this amounts to straying well outside of the Surgeon General’s lane. [More]

What a disaster this foreign-born petty tyrant will be.

And be he will with Kamala casting the tie-breaking vote. That is, assuming some Republiquislings don't decide to "help" in the spirit of bipartisanship.

[Via Michael G]

Rush to Judgment

by David Codrea in The War on Guns at 13:33, Tuesday, 23 February

Florida Ag Commissioner Nikki Fried won’t lower flags to honor Rush Limbaugh, defying Gov. DeSantis [More]

As has been observed, the same people glad that he's dead want you dead.

See?

[Via Mack H]

Huckabee: GOP has 'more of us than they do of them' [More]
Yep. Elephants belong in the Big Tent center ring, not Rinos.

I'm hoping to egg on the same sort of schism between establisment Dems and the new breed of urban Bolsheviks.

[Via Mack H]

New driver’s license photo shows California woman in face mask ... A DMV official blamed the goof on an “oversight”... [More]

Sounds better than "utter incompetence but you just can't fire these people," doesn't it?

Maybe it's a test run for a Democrat Voter ID bill...

[Via Mack H]

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Dad Joke XXXVI

by Borepatch in Borepatch at 12:04, Tuesday, 23 February

If I could be any superhero I would be Aluminum Man so I could foil crime. 

It’s Monday, and on Monday morning I go into town with D&L for water and groceries. And as it happened, I had a busy time scheduled…

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Poor little thing…

by Joel in The Ultimate Answer to Kings at 05:56, Saturday, 20 February

Also, I really need a better chimney cap.

I just had my first indoor bird of the year, and it narrowly avoided being burned to death since it apparently escaped the woodstove between my opening the stove door and going to the kitchen counter for my blowtorch*.

I didn’t actually see the bird escape the stove, since the room was darker than the bird. But having started the fire and gotten my coffee water going I returned to the bedroom to find a half-dead but extremely agitated sparrow on the bed.

I gave it some time to settle down on a window, then easily gathered up the poor little thing and released it outdoors. They always seem to get a burst of new energy when you do that, and don’t hang around to chat.


*yes of course I keep a propane torch on the kitchen counter, don’t you?

…and I left Michigan like 23 years ago.

So overnight the sky cleared and it got good and cold, like mid-teens, which meant that the mud froze and I could go for a nice walkie.


For the first time in almost a week, that is. And it was a pretty truncated walkie, because I about froze my fingers and toes off even through good gloves and boots.

And along the way I kept running into broken branches blocking the pat...

Yes, Indeed!

by JDZ in Never Yet Melted at 11:03, Tuesday, 23 February

I think this is exactly right and helps to explain a variety of important class antagonisms. https://t.co/tt5GTzCMBu

— Charles Murray (@charlesmurray) February 17, 2021

That Vaccine

by Pawpaw in PawPaw's House at 12:08, Tuesday, 23 February

 I'm on the list.  Both Belle and I qualify, and I went to our local apothecary and signed up.  They'll call me in a couple of weeks.  However, the Great Southern Ice Storm made last week a No-Go, so I'll be that the timeline was pushed back a week.

I'm not scared of the vaccine.  The Army poked a lot of stuff in my arm that didn't make much sense.  One time they gave me a shot for Black Plague.

"Where are you sending me that I need a Black Plague shot?"

"Nowhere, but it's not in your records, so you get one."

However, ny buddy Termite sent me this interesting graphic that sums up the feeling of a bunch of people.


I'm sure this will be an i...

Defeating the enemies of liberty

by TPOL Nathan in The Price of Liberty at 11:01, Tuesday, 23 February

Maybe I am just being sensitive, but it seems that in the past few months, rhetoric has ramped up on both sides of the Great Divide in American politics. Actually, ALL sides of the multiple divides of political thought and actions here in the Fifty States.

As we go through a nastier than usual winter in much of the continent, is all of this just lots of screaming that will erupt into action and movement – even more confrontations (including violence) – when Spring comes?

Indeed, are all of the Biden regime’s claims of wanting to build unity just leading to more division? Are the claimed threats that Trump, now powerless, was shattering the American nation – and still is – true?

At the same time, we are seeing more and more restrictions – and threatened restrictions – on liberty. To listen to many of us, freedom is vanishing as rapidly as snow in a chinook. So people ramp up even more. Grumbling grows.

Does that mean that we are facing civil war, come Spring of 2021? Does that mean the only chance we have of defeating the enemies of liberty within the Fifty States is violence?

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Unclear on the Concept

by David Codrea in The War on Guns at 12:13, Tuesday, 23 February

 Missouri Senate approves bill to increase penalties against protesters and creates a bill of rights for officers [More]

Good grief.

And the "bill was perfected by the Senate"? I guess it depends upon what the meaning of the word "perfected" is.

[Via bondmen]


First 9/11 and Now This

by David Codrea in The War on Guns at 12:20, Tuesday, 23 February

 The False and Exaggerated Claims Still Being Spread About the Capitol Riot [More]

The better to smear you with, my dear.

[Via bondmen]

UPDATE:
In a scene straight out of Orwell’s 1984 warning, the FBI is literally calling their effort the hunt for “America’s Most Wanted.” 
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When 'Right-Wing Extremists' Loot

by David Codrea in The War on Guns at 12:15, Tuesday, 23 February

It's all in the upbringing. [More]

I'm reminded of a family farm stand in California I used to stop at years ago on my way to and from a camping site. We'd buy berries and the like, and when they had no one in attendance because they had to do something else, they'd put up a sign asking people to leave the right amount in an accessible cash box. 

No one I know would have dreamed about doing the wrong thing. And we're the bad guys.

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As If By Design

by David Codrea in The War on Guns at 11:49, Tuesday, 23 February

[Via bondmen...

Can We All Get Along?

by David Codrea in The War on Guns at 11:43, Tuesday, 23 February

Racial integration lives at a Southern gun show [More]

Either they just don't make white supremacists like they used to or somebody's been lying to everybody.

[Via bondmen]

All Peaceful Means

by David Codrea in The War on Guns at 11:33, Tuesday, 23 February


It's looking like the last of those are being systematically closed off. [More]

 Jen Psaki responds to small business fears: Biden 'nominated a woman' to lead SBA [More]

Just to be clear, if Rachel Levine ddn't have another gig she'd qualify?

UPDATE - Speaking of which:

Levine has advocated for sex changes for pre-pubertal people, otherwise known as “children.”

[Via Michael G]

A Long-Term Relationship

by David Codrea in The War on Guns at 18:22, Tuesday, 23 February

 Expect to get COVID-19 shots for years to come, Johnson & Johnson CEO says [More]

A song from my misbegotten youth comes to mind...

This is fine...

[Via Alan D]

He's Ba...ack...

by David Codrea in The War on Guns at 10:53, Tuesday, 23 February

The RETURN! Lee "The Gun Writer" Williams [Watch]

If you want to know why he's been missing for a while, I can answer that in two words.

With a Vengeance

by David Codrea in The War on Guns at 10:26, Tuesday, 23 February

 Merrick Garland Vows to Prioritize Prosecuting Capitol Rioters and Their 'Abettors' [More]

So that's who bought it!

UPDATE:

Merrick Garland: Antifa's and BLM's Attacks on Federal Courthouses Weren't Domestic Terrorism, Because It Was Nighttime

[Via Michael G]

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Speaking of 'Baseless'...

by David Codrea in The War on Guns at 10:33, Tuesday, 23 February

But a kind of censorship we didn't expect took place this week when independent fact-checkers decided to place warning labels on the actual Second Amendment itself, hiding it behind a fact-checking statement saying the included content is false. [More]

No doubt it violates community standards.
[Via Michael G]

 Researchers propose ‘ethically correct AI’ for smart guns that locks out mass shooters [More]

Skynet approves.

[Via JPFO]

Democrats usher in election reforms, from anti-discrimination protections to earlier ballot counting [More]

Remember, with "progressives," every day is Opposite Day!

And Jorge helped!

[Via Mack H]

You'll Eat It and You'll LIKE It

by David Codrea in The War on Guns at 10:12, Tuesday, 23 February

Today the Senate Judiciary Committee took 4 hours of testimony on SB 554, a bill designed to turn 300,000 law abiding Oregonians into felons so that Ginny Burdick can leave the Senate happy. [More]

There's a Kennedy quote in here somewhere...

Gassing Up

by David Codrea in The War on Guns at 09:10, Tuesday, 23 February

 Comparatively speaking, I wonder what this does to the numbers and if it counts if you can't "justify" a wealth transfer... [More]

 Entire California School Board Resigns After Mocking Parents For Wanting Schools Open [More]

I wonder what the percentage of voters is who actually check affiliations of school board candidates and other "nonpartisan" offices, as opposed to they remember the name from a sign or slate mailer, or it "sounds better."

[Via Henry Bowman]

Granite State Alert

by David Codrea in The War on Guns at 12:45, Tuesday, 23 February

 The New Hampshire House of Representatives will meet in session tomorrow, and they have several key bills to vote on regarding your second amendment rights! [More]

I'm pretty sure the slogan isn't "Live free or leave an anonymous 'Molon Labe!' comment."

This is Fine!

by David Codrea in The War on Guns at 09:03, Tuesday, 23 February

 

Wait! The former lead reporter at NRA TV interviews Wayne LaPierre and breaks the story that There’s Nothing To See Here? WLP continues to claim credit for the big court wins in cases that WERE NOT NRA cases. I challenged him on that years ago. https://t.co/4Ie9e3sAKZ

— Tom Gresham (@Guntalk) February 23, 2021
Yeah, well, "conservative" Newsmax honcho Chris Ruddy can't get him enough Bubba Love, either.

Perfect Democrat Constitutents

by David Codrea in The War on Guns at 09:39, Tuesday, 23 February

 Dem Rep. Khanna admits Democrats 'don't want' small businesses that pay less than $15 minimum wage [More]

Welfare recipients = constituents!

Disarmed constituents.

Khanna, eh? Anybody else notice a trend among children of immigrants that didn't use to be so pronounced? 

[Via Mack H]

Your Tax Dollars at Work

by David Codrea in The War on Guns at 12:26, Tuesday, 23 February

 'Give It a Try!' Seattle-Backed Homeless Shelter Provides Pipes to Smoke Heroin and Advice on 'Booty Bumping' [More]

Yeah, about that...

[Via Michael G]

WA Appeals Court Slaps Down ‘Safe Storage’ Ordinance

by Dave Workman in Liberty Park Press at 12:22, Tuesday, 23 February

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ATF Reclassifies TommyBuilt Tactical T36 Receiver as a Machine GunA lot of you will be familiar with the TommyBuilt Tactical T36 which is basically a replica conversion H&K G36. The T36 is an expensive but popular choice of firearm for those who want to enjoy some of that sweet German engineering without having to convert an SL8 on their own or go through the trouble […]

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Walther PDP - Performance Duty PistolPerformance Duty Pistol – The new flagship handgun from Walther Arms is intended for concealed carry or duty service and comes in either compact or full size with different slide lengths. The PDP is red dot ready, features a brand-new trigger and has deep serrations in the slide as well as a duty texture for a […]

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We propose to build directly upon our longstanding, prior r&d in AI/machine ethics in order to attempt to make real the bluesky idea of AI that can thwart mass shootings, by bringing to bear its ethical reasoning. The r&d in question is overtly and avowedly logicist in form, and since we are hardly the only ones who have established a firm foundation in the attempt to imbue AI’s with their own ethical sensibility, the pursuit of our proposal by those in different methodological camps should, we believe, be considered as well. We seek herein to make our vision at least somewhat concrete by anchoring our exposition to two simulations, one in which the AI saves the lives of innocents by locking out a malevolent human’s gun, and a second in which this malevolent agent is allowed by the AI to be neutralized by law enforcement. Along the way, some objections are anticipated, and rebutted.

Selmer Bringsjord
Naveen Sundar Govindarajulu
Michael Giancola
February 5, 2021
AI Can Stop Mass Shootings, and More
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Today's Cat Picture Interlude...

by Tam in View From The Porch at 05:27, Tuesday, 23 February

Holden appears to have taken possession of one of Bobbi's notebooks. Pic done with an EOS M6 & EF-M 22mm f/2 STM lens, wide open at ISO 1600.

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Mars Needs Mic Mittens

by Tam in View From The Porch at 05:16, Tuesday, 23 February



That skycrane lowering the rover from a near hover and then blasting away on its thrusters is pretty epic, and took a lot of engineering confidence. Used also with the Curiosity rover, it's lot showier than bumping down in a ball of airbags like earlier efforts.

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The Great Sorting

by Borepatch in Borepatch at 09:02, Tuesday, 23 February

Peter posts about how Blue States are getting increasingly uncomfortable for folks of conservative mindset and recommends getting the heck out of Dodge:

As I've said before, if you find yourself trapped in such a "blue state", or in a blue enclave within a "red state", it's long gone time you started looking for a way out of there. You may lose money by moving, but you'll at least retain at least some degree of the freedom for which our founding fathers fought . . . not to mention your self-respect. Freedom begins locally, with citizens and their local government controlling their own affairs. From there, we can move upward and outward to take back levels of government that have been infiltrated by the progressive enemies of freedom - but it all starts locally.

 The Queen Of The World and I did exactly that last year.  Even though we lived in what I used to call "The United States of America portion of Maryland" it was still Maryland.  We planned our exit for about a year and yes, we had to pay for the move ourselves.  ...

Group Trap

by Clayton Cramer in Clayton Cramer. at 07:51, Tuesday, 23 February

 This 2/21/21 Reuters article could have been headlined "Transgender OathKeeper Turns Out to be Mole."

Briefly, OathKeepers were a component of the Capitol mob.  ("The Capitol Mob" sounds like a Sunday morning politics talk show, doesn't?)  She/he/? is pleading for home confinement bail because she/he/? is worried about rough treatment in jail.  She claims to have met with the Secret Service before the riot. The Secret Service gave one of those "We will not confirm it, but we will not quite deny it, in case she has proof we met" answers:

A Secret Service representative said it worked with government partners for security on Jan. 6, but added “any assertion that the Secret Service employed private citizens to perform those functions is false.”

Group trap: A friend who was an antiwar activist in the 1960s told me, "You could always tell who the FBI agent was; he was ...

on blogging.  Combination of family in the hospital, no water, no plumber available for another couple of days(this storm was bloody awful), and generally worn out.  So today is probably just going to be some 'toon clearing





That horrible and terrible and tragic.  What did Biden do?  He rejected the Governor’s emergency declaration and only approved a state of emergency in 77 counties.

If Biden’s lack of response during the storm and pathetic response in the wake of it isn’t disappointing enough, perhaps you should know how ...

The New Industry - What Is Normal?

by Pawpaw in PawPaw's House at 05:53, Tuesday, 23 February

A year ago, we didn't know who Anthony Fauci was.  A faceless bureaucrat, with a known name among a very limited scholarly circle, he is now the face of Medical Science in America.  We now know that he is the highest paid civil servant in the US, making something north of $400K per year, and he's a darling of the news cycle.  There is no doubt that he is enoying his clelbrity.  Along with a bevy of "experts" who we knew nothing about a year ag.

Since the introduction of the Wu-Flu last year, we have learned a lot about a virus that has now killed more than a half-million Americans.  A year ago, I had no clue what an N-95 mask might be.  I remember seeing someone in a grocery store with a face covering and thought that was unbelievably odd.

We've now created an industry to fight the virus, and it spans the economy from the big giants who are making the vaccines to the tiny entrepreneur who is making face coverings on a  Singer sewing machine.  We have also destroyed some industries, and crippled others.

I am struck by the number of bureaucrats who have found ...

Sanctuary!

by David Codrea in The War on Guns at 08:46, Tuesday, 23 February

 There are some comments under my latest AmmoLand piece I believe merit further awareness because, as one reader put it, "This is a topic that needs more coverage and wide dissemination." 

I cannot urge you strongly enough to go to SanctuaryCounties.com and first of all familiarize yourself with the site, then drill down to your AO, and tell your friends.

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The FG-42 as a Sniper Rifle?

by Ian McCollum in Forgotten Weapons at 05:27, Tuesday, 23 February

The FG-42 was specifically made with a scope attachment on every rifle, and intended to serve as a marksman’s or sniper’s rifle. But how much of that actually happened during World War Two? And was the FG-42 actually suited to a sniper role?

X Products X1 Stand Alone Drink Can and Golf Ball Launcher

by Hrachya H in The Firearm Blog at 08:00, Tuesday, 23 February

X Products X1 Stand Alone Launcher (1)Many of you are probably familiar with the X Products Can Cannon, an AR-15 upper receiver assembly that allows launching muzzle-loaded beverage cans using blank cartridges. At SHOT Show 2020, the company introduced the FORE golf ball launching adapter for the Can Cannon. The latest addition to this product line is the X1 Stand Alone […]

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EPC-9 Launch Announced by Aero Precision for March 3rd

by Luke C. in The Firearm Blog at 07:00, Tuesday, 23 February

EPC-9 Launch Announced by Aero Precision for March 3rdAero Precision has just announced the launch date of their newest pistol caliber carbine, the EPC-9. Standing for Enhanced Pistol Caliber, the EPC-9 should be made available beginning March 3rd, 2021. Below, Aero Precision posted a full FAQ about the upcoming EPC-9 which should address some of the most common questions people will have about […]

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Raniero Testa World Record 17 Clays with 17 Shots in 2.08 Seconds (11)Over the past several years, Raniero Testa, an Italian athlete sponsored by Winchester, has set multiple world records of shooting airborne clay targets. A little over a year ago, he set a record of breaking 14 clays pigeons in mid-air which earned him a nickname/stage name RT14. Well, apparently, his new stage name is now RT17 as […]

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 Nice!  You don't see many of these around anymore.  The opening of Superman?

Our Field Intelligence Team, quickly acted on intel they received and were able to removed this illegal Firearm off the street. #Onelessgun pic.twitter.com/fwaeV9by2w

— NYPD 100th Precinct (@NYPD100Pct) February 18, 2021

The Gutta Percha looks to be in fine shape.

Now I've heard of five-screw S&W and started coun...

Legendary Lawman- The Story of Quick Draw Jelly Bryce

by Greg Ellifritz in Active Response Training at 04:00, Tuesday, 23 February

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