I"m no bourbon snob, by any means, but it amazes me how even bourbon snobs come back to Jim Beam. Of course Bean distilleries is an amazing corporation, turning out some really good whiskey in bulk, at reasonable prices.
Of course, The Knob is one of Beam's brands, and it's more whiskey than most people understand. Popularly priced, it seems to tower over other bourbons. Even Knob Creek Rye is better than some think it should be at the price point. Like these guys..
This evening, I finished the least short drams of a bottle o Maker's Mark, but I have a bottle of Knob Creek Rye in the barn. I may have to crack that one tomorrow evening.
Director Peter Jackson has created a documentary using original WWI film footage. It has been edit using new technology to colorize it and voices and sounds have been added. It premiered in England and is scheduled to be aired on the BBC. It seems likely that it will be available worldwide at some point.
It brings the war to life. Here's the trailer.
Maybe the issue is just that not enough people give a shit about guns, if both sides are resorting to dabbling in other issues:
I think NJT is right: there’s a viable “gun rights only please” coalition. There actually isn’t one for gun control. But both sides are seeking safety in broader coalitions. It’s hard to read the pitching seas and know what direction to steer the ship. It’s comforting to follow. But are you following everyone to disaster?
The fundamental problem is in a realignment like we’re going through, no one knows where your pet issue will end up. There’s strong temptations to seek out coalition partners that might make sense in the short term, but in the long term aren’t beneficial. You just want to get through the storm....
Are there LEDs that will only illuminate at some threshold volume, such as 2 VDC. My reading says that 2.1 VDC is needed to illuminate a green LED. Here's the application: I really want an LED that tells me if there is enough power from the two AAA batteries that I do not need to change them. I would prefer to know this before trying to observe for the night. At the same time, I do not want too much power draw that drains the batteries too quickly.
I can almost visualize a use of XOR and OR gates that would produce a 1 output if the battery pack voltage is below 2 VDC. But I would expect LEDs, or logic combos with an LED, that already have this capability to light up a low power LED.
"If somebody on the Democratic side is upset, they need to take it up with Sen. Feinstein. She agreed to all of this.” [More]Knowing full well obstruction would result.
JAMAL KHASHOGGI AND THE STORY NOT BEING TOLD [More]I see many who would deny reality for their own ends using a less detailed version of this story as a way to score points against the administration. A falling out with resulting widespread economic pain would serve their political interests nicely.
Have a look at this graph from Yahoo “News”:
Everyone seems to be doing better, right? What headline would you go with? Well, if you’re Rick Newman, you go with:
The rich-poor gap is getting worse under Trump
Then why is Everytown for Gun Safety shifting its ad focus to abortion, health care and raising taxes.
Vietnam War hero sentenced to 7 years for decades-old rifle purchase: report
It’s a pretty heart-wrenching story, to be sure. But there is no NFA exception for 70 year old veterans.
Spoiler alert, your greatest weapon is your brain. A saying I find true is that not every problem has a gun solution. In an effort to help you understand what I mean by this, allow me to walk you through a scenario. Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to travel from your […]
There’s a whole range of new products from Hornady to welcome 2019. In this article we will focus on the new types of ammunition, and there’s a lot coming to feed your different firearms. You can find the full list here, and there’s more details to dig out in Hornady’s sub-menus to help you find […]
A little snark on a Thursday afternoon.
Heh! I'm just sayin'.
Our base, it would seem, courting the Abrüstungs jugend with pledges to disarm their elders. [More]
It'd almost be worth letting her have such power just to see the revenge old age and treachery is capable of wreaking against stupid upstarts telling people she needs to be purged to make way for younger blood.
I mean, it’s not like men, on average, have larger hands or anything.
The future is stupid.
Democratic Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill on Wednesday issued a demand for an investigation into the fraud she says Project Veritas committed in the making of a series of “sting” videos of her re-election campaign.
Oh yeah, that's gonna work. If nothing else: "Ma'am, how can it be a fraud to show you speaking to people?"
B.E. Meyers & Company. is showcasing all of their products at the Air National Guard Weapons and Tactics show in Tuscon, AZ., between October 16-17. Apart from all of their current products, like the popular Modular Advanced Weapon Laser (MAWL), they will also be showing a brand new product. From the Press Release: October, 2018 […]
Via email from Mike C. we have notice of another League of Women Voters event which includes I-1639. Here is what Mike sent me:
There is also the event notification on their website:...
=ROWS($B$35:$B$90) gives you a count of the rows in a range. When I insert a row in that range, I would expect (or at least hope) Excel would update the formula to =ROWS($B$35:$B$91). Nope. I also used =ROWS(B35:B90) with similar results. Searching, I cannot find anyone complaining about this problem. Do any of you know the answer?
S&L are out of the state on some family business and I’m watching their place. Notionally watering the plants, not that that has taken any effort. Keeping the wild birds fed and interested in hanging around. And generally…
“I hope the refrigerator is still working,” said the text…
Um…okay, I honestly hadn’t given that a thought. I mean, my batteries topped off yesterday with just a little afternoon sun but I don’t run a big side-by-side fridge. So I went over there early in the evening and the fridge was indeed running.
Went over there this morning and it was dead. The battery voltage bottomed out overnight and the inverter switched off.
This is just so wrong.
I’ve been promised temps in the sixties every day this week and it has yet to happen. In terms of sunshine I’ve lost all faith in “free beer tomorrow,” though I do admit there was enough wan sunshine yesterday to top off the batteries. And it didn’t rain.
So today is not an improvement. And starting out with pea-soup fog? This is the frickin’ high desert, not Cape Disappointment*. We don’t fog.
I hate weather.
*an actual place I only learned about this morning. So wherever you live and however displeased you might be with it, just tell yourself it could be worse.
I'm not being flippant, I'm just a bit perplexed. It seems that this Saudi guy walks in to the Saudi consulate in Turkey and disappears. It's all over the news. And, evidently, the White House is interested, and I'm trying to figure out why?
Sure, it's an interesting story, and there is lots of speculation, but the guy was not an American citizen, he wasn't in the US, and both Saudi and Turkey are ostensible US allies.
I simply can't see any reason for official US government interest in this story, but I'm willing to be convinced. Yeah, the speculation and rumor is that this guy was killed in the consulate, hacked into pieces, and disappeared forever. It's a gruesome story, but it's half a world away, and doesn't affect a US citizen. Why are we interested?
GOP candidate blames restaurant attack on ‘the likes of Maxine Waters, Hillary and Eric Holder’ [More]He looks good on paper.
The “No Red and Blue Banks Act,” filed earlier this month as S.3539, would bar the General Services Administration from awarding contracts to banks that avoid doing business with companies engaged in lawful commerce based on social policy decisions. [More]Yeah, but don't get too excited with "a 3% chance of being enacted" and no co-sponsors.
I've been looking forward to the Potomac Grail IDPA match for some time. Held at the Thurmont Conservation and Sportsman's Club near Frederick, Maryland, the Level 2 match featured 13 interesting and unique stages. Last year's inaugural event was shot in a half-day format, which led to a race to shoot all the stages before dark. This year shooting was done in full day format. (After the IDPA Nationals I've had my fill of shooting until, and after, dark.)
TAM: "I'm going to fix myself a Manhattan and stay up late and watch this movie after getting four hours of sleep last night!"
NARRATOR VOICE: "She did not, in fact, stay up late."On the other hand, I'm nice and caught up on sleep now.
Forbes actually publishes a story about the slow-motion collapse that is the UK's National Health Service. Here's the key graf:
The United Kingdom's National Health Service, which celebrated its 70th anniversary on July 5, is imploding.
Vacancies for doctor and nurse positions have reached all-time highs. Patients are facing interminable waits for care as a result. This August, a record number of Britons languished more than 12 hours in emergency rooms. In July, the share of cancer patients who waited more than two months to receive treatment soared.&n...
out of their own pockets; now THAT would send a message.
Cochran was suspended for 30 days without pay and told he had to attend "sensitivity training" by the city after writing the 162-page devotional book guiding men on how to be better fathers and husbands. Though an internal investigation from the city revealed that Cochran never discriminated against anyone, he was still terminated from his post.
Can you say 'hypocritical bastard'? I knew you could.
Scott Wallace, the Democratic candidate in Pennsylvania's first district, released an ad late last week that features a man who pleaded guilty to illegal possession and sale of a machine gun.
Wallace has made appeals for strict new gun-control laws a centerpiece of his campaign to unseat Republican representative Brian Fitz...
Raytheon has announced their newest reflex sight, a new addition to the ELCAN Specter family of optics. The new Specter 1XL is designed for CQB and features a larger viewfinder and an enhanced LED reticle. It joins the ECLAN Enhanced Combat Optical Sight – Heavy (ECOS-H), the SpecterHR, a reflex sight for crew-served weapons, the ELCAN – Specter MRDS […]
At the Arms & Hunting 2018 exhibition, Russian TsKIB SOO has introduced the civilian version of the OTs-129 designated marksman rifle. The civilian rifle is called MTs-556 and it is largely a copy of its military counterpart. Let’s see what interesting features this rifle has. The MTs-566 is chambered in .308 Winchester. The caliber choice […]
A British Brown Bess musket believed to have been present at the battles that began the American Revolution is up for auction during Skinner’s November Historic Arms & Militaria sale. The British 1756 Long Land Service Musket is one of a host of colonial era firearms and militaria up for sale at the auction. The 1756 […]
The post Musket Present at the Beginning of the American Revolution up for Auction appeared first on The Firearm Blog.
I found this very interesting:
Gun control was supposed to be the issue of 2018.
Yet it has receded so far into the background of the midterm congressional elections that Everytown for Gun Safety, a major player in gun control, is spending its money on ads covering abortion, health care and the Republican tax bill — but nary a mention of assault rifles or bump stocks.
Apparently Everytown for Gun Safety recognizes that advocating for gun control is a losing strategy. So their response is to achieve their goals indirectly by helping politicians who hide their position on guns but will vote against gun owners when they get a chance.
When the only way people can get their way is through deception you know their intentions are evil.
The big thrust is making sure it is at least as hard to purchase a semi-automatic assault rifle as it already to purchase a handgun.
The reality is, initiative 1639 will not end gun violence. It will not stop all gun violence, but it will cut at some of the really big components of it.
Campaign Manager of the ‘Yes on 1639’ campaign
October 17, 2018
Voters to decide fate of Washington’s gun control initiative this Nov.
[Read the article. Notice the complete lack of mention by Paolini for the right of the people to keep and bear arms? That is because he doesn’t care about your rights.
The “big thrust” is against “semi-automatic assault rifles”? Suppose this law were wildly successful and there were no more murders in Washington state committed with rifles of any type. How many lives would be saved compared to the murders committed with other weapons?
It turns out that in ...
That Everytown for Gun Safety is spending its money on ads about abortion, healthcare, and my tax cuts. Not commercials calling advocating firearms restrictions.
Gun ban laws just aren't that popular, I guess, and they don't help you win elections.
Well not bad. Not good, though. Had to sign a buncha anti gun bills I wish he'd have considered at least vetoing one or two
Whatever he is, his challenger Ben Jealous would be much worse.
I held my nose and vote for McCain back in 08. And all he did right was pick Sarah and snarl charismatically. I can vote for Larry Hogan.
A couple of weeks ago, a stray cat got into a substation and knocked out power to about 70,000 people for several hours during a very hot day.
This is funny to me because my power didn't go out and my air conditioning stayed on.
But being this area, there was a memorial parade for the cat this past Saturday, complete with a brass band and police escorts, so I took Aaron to his first Second Line parade. And we marched it with drinks and a few of my lady friends.
Violence down in St. Louis but homicides hold steady. Are tougher penalties for gun crimes the answer? [More]If they mean those who kill in an act of predation get the needle regardless of the method used, yes. And the rest have to prove they don't need a custodian.
Robotic Security Forces On Patrol In NYC Prompt Privacy Concerns For Some [More]What a ridiculous alternative to freedom.
As Trump slams Fed, its policymakers are tuning him out — and moving ahead with rate hikes [More]OK, so who are they accountable to?
Kleenex to rebrand 'mansize' tissues after gender complaints [More]You've gotta admit, a lot of prominent "feminists" are sporting some pretty impressive schnozzes they stick everywhere.
'You cannot kiss someone if they're sleeping': Frozen star Kristen Bell claims Snow White is sending the wrong message about consent to children and insists the prince should have asked permission first. [More]So leaving her in a coma is the preferable "progressive" alternative?
We recently welcomed new advertiser Frontier Girls Club to our ranks. Contacted by founder Kerry Cordy, who thought the Frontier Girls Club and The WON would make a good partnership, she quickly agreed to an interview about this fledgling organization that turns girls into outdoor women.
The WON: What’s the background of the organization and what role did you, Kerry, play in it?
The Pacific Flyway is the migration path that we hunt here in California. The Pacific Flyway is 1 of 4 major migration patterns in America for waterfowl and other migratory birds. Extending from Alaska to Patagonia, these birds follow food, search out breeding grounds and travel to wintering sites in both spring and fall. The Sacramento Valley provides critical habitat for migrating waterfowl and is one of the most prominent wintering sites in North America. We’ve been hunting waterfowl with our family for years, and this is how we hunt ducks.
[Ed: This piece grew out of an exchange ‘MarkPA’ had with ‘Sebastian’ on the Shall Not Be Questioned discussion forum.] “There are no easy answers.“ Truth in 5 words. Think of it like this: All of the problems that have easy answers are solved quickly and no longer draw attention to themselves. For example, […]
I never thought it wasn’t. Police: Nichols Hills Homeowner Justified In Shooting.
The chief said he spoke with Oklahoma County District Attorney David Prater Wednesday morning and it was determined the homeowner was justified in using force to protect his family.
The details of the original shooting can be found at this link.
And I would like to note that in comparison to some District Attorneys, Mr. Prater works at warp speed. It can take months to make a self-defense determination in some jurisdictions.
Because a 144 years ago, conditions were different. Trump launches process to quit 144-year-old postal treaty.
I would love to blame this on the Useless Nitwits at the Untied Nations, but they just took over the postal treaty.
Lower rates are designed to help poorer countries manage the costs.
But the White House said China – a major global exporter – is now the biggest beneficiary of that system
The BBC is not, quite, in full-fledged pearl-clutching mode with this article. (I wish they were.) But it is hard to paint a system that gives the worlds 2nd biggest economy a boost as fair. Giving a boost to truly poor countries I could see doing. But in typical UN fashion, there doesn’t seem to have been much effort to rationalize the rates, even though in theory they can be changed every 4 years. (I mean be fair. It’s only the US taxpayer, and what do the bureaucrats at the UN care about them?)
Do you think this is the only woman he attacked? Maryland police officer accused of sexually assaulting woman during traffic stop.
The driver claimed that the officer was on duty, in uniform and in a marked cruiser when he sexually assaulted her around 1 a.m. Thursday, Prince George’s County Police Department spokeswoman Jennifer Donelan said at a Monday news conference.
He’ll have his day in court. (That’s what due process is all about.) He was arrested and charged. And the department is looking into the possibility that this isn’t his first offense.
Before they became obsolete, antitank rifles were a way to bring substantial firepower to small infantry teams – but they were never light weight. As with some of the early water cooled heavy machine guns, designers looked for ways to make the weapons more easily transported, and the solution arrived at for the Solothurn S18-1000 20mm cannon was a small wheeled mount. Complete with elevation adjustment to raise the gun just above the available cover and trail arms to secure it against recoil movement, the carriage allowed the gun to be early pulled by its crew or by a draft animal, bicycle, or light motorized vehicle. Most buyers of the guns did not opt to purchase these carriages, however, and they are quite scarce today.
During the Arms & Hunting 2018 exhibition, a Russian company called Kurbatov Arms introduced a new 9mm pistol caliber carbine called R-701. This PCC is a completely new design and has some cool features. Let’s take a closer look. The Kurbatov Arms R-701 PCC is a simple blowback operated firearm chambered in 9x19mm. This carbine […]
50 more hydra shoks, 9mm, out of the Hudson.
Trial complete. 390 rounds total in the gun, but 293 since last malfunction and corrective measure to solve that malfunction. (Extractor tension was too fight, caused by a wire edge on the extractor hook. Just cleaned up that arris with a single pass with a safe edge file)
For new to me guns I like to put 250 through it with no malfunction to sorta ensure it will run. Increase my confidence in the gun. Not a perfect system. Perfect might be 500 or some other number. But you gotta draw the line somewhere. So, now I would carry it for CCW. Am I? Gonna carry it? Naw. Might make it the nightstand gun because it has a light rail and high capacity.
Now I may need to write a letter to Hudson to tell them I am pleased with their product and what I found with the extractor as my only real bother. There are minor quibbles, but the extractor is the one worth mentioning.
Anyway, the target. A bit better than before on the initial upper left.
Opinion | The Rich White Civil War - The New York Times: (T)he report is that ideas really do drive history. Progressive Activists and Devoted Conservatives organize around coherent philosophical narratives. These narratives aren’t visions of a just society. They are narratives of menace — about who needs to be exorcised from society. Devoted Conservatives subscribe to a Hobbesian narrative. It’s a...
David Codrea's article on "Trump's Bumpstock Ban":
Trump's Pending Bumpstock Ban - Firearms News: "In order to eliminate -- terminate -- bump stocks, we have to go through procedure. We are now at the final stages of that procedure," President Donald Trump declared in an Oct. 1 Rose Garden press conference marking the anniversary of the Las Vegas shootings. "We are knocking out bump stocks. I’ve told the NRA -- bump stocks are gone.Read the whole thing, of course. Nobody is more erudite nor so well reasoned as Codrea.
From Electronic Frontier Foundation Newly Released Surveillance Orders Show That Even with Individualized Court Oversight, Spying Powers Are Misused:
Rather than notifying the court that it had destroyed the communications it obtained without authorization, the NSA made an absurd argument in a bid to retain the communications: because the surveillance was unauthorized, the agency’s internal procedures that require officials to delete non-relevant communications should not apply. Essentially, because the surveillance was unlawful, the law shouldn’t apply and the NSA should get to keep what it had obtained.
And these are the people we supposedly should trust with our freedom?
Maybe someone else has some perspective on this…
A hemidemisemiquaver (and, yes, I knew what that was before going to Wikipedia) is a 1/64th note. We know now that Sen. (Lieawatha) Warren is six to ten generations removed from anyone who might Indian. So she isn't a half-breed. A hemidemisemihemidemisemi-breed? A mouthful. And yes, this remains one of the most amazing songs by Cher.
Why yes, it was delicious, fairly nutritious, and easy. Calories? Yes, I’m certain it had them.
If you’ve been lurking around my corner of the internet, you should know by know that I don’t really do the recipe thing. I make it up as I go and generally bleed, or blister, or otherwise injure myself in the process of making the food. This one is certified injury-free, but was not without issue.
I know. Special skills.
Anyway, so here’s what I did. While heating some red palm oil in a pan, I minced an entire bulb of garlic. Yes, I said bulb. You people who can just add a single clove confuse me. I then threw that into the pan with a little soy sauce and some Carolina Reaper paste. I let...
The typical penalty for bringing your CCW up to the security line at Reagan National Airport?
A $3,900 fine. But it could be up to $13,000.
Reagan National is IN Virginia. So you can carry around the airport. I wouldn't CCW inside, even if you don't intend to go through the line into the secure parts of the terminal. Check your gun at the baggage counter if you are taking it with. No holster.
Back in the '70s when I first put on a uniform, the Army had a five-event PT Test. It required equipment, and a training area, and it was hard to schedule and to conduct. The Army was "getting over" Vietnam, and trying to simplify things, and one of the things they simplified was the PT Test. The new PT test consisted of sit-ups, push-ups and two-mile run. It took no equipment or specialized training area. A Commander could run it anywhere.
It seems that the Army is considering changing the PT Test. You can read ll about it here. Now, they want a six-event PT test that will require a pull-up bar and deadlift equipment.
Bad idea, Army. You need a PT Test that measures the readiness of soldier, but that does NOT require any specialized equipment. Re-learn the KISS principle (Keep it simple, Stupid) and don't burden Commanders with extraneous nonsense.
Story here, a little over halfway down the post. Brady was trying to cash in on Beto O'Rourke's fundraising for his race against Ted Cruz. So they sent out a fundraiser looking quite like a campaign fundraiser for him, but when the recipient clicked on the button to "chip in $5," they were directed to Brady Campaign's PAC fundraising site.
I’m shocked – Shocked! – to discover corruption in the DOJ. Junket justice: How special interests pay to schmooze DOJ and FBI officials. (OK, I’m not that Shocked.)
But, in fact, there is a systemic system of gratuities invading the ranks of the DOJ, one that is sanctioned at the highest levels of the department and that involves some its most sensitive personnel.
Hundreds of pages of rarely reviewed Office of Government Ethics (OGE) filings reveal that over the past three years, DOJ under both Democratic and Republican presidents has allowed hundreds of its employees to accept free travel, lodging and food from special interests across the globe.
Special interests that may or may not be under investigation by the Justice Department.
Watch the video, it isn’t long, and it covers some history of .gov shenanigans outside of the DOJ.
A year ago TFB reported about German Gunworks’ exceptional G29 Viper project, and some of us saw it in real life at the German EnforceTac exhibition this spring. Neither of the times was it fully finished, but I kept in contact with the owner of the company Mr. Leitermann to make sure that we could […]
Mossberg introduced the magazine fed variation of their 590 line. The 590M, M for magazine fed. The Mossberg 590 (based off their 500) is a proven, solid design. This platform has been popular in both civilian and military/LEO populations. With this proven history, I will focus on what is new and different. Specifically the magazine and […]
…the families sought to hold the FBI accountable for its failed background check on Dylann Roof, which allowed Roof to legally buy the handgun used in the Emanuel shooting.
In Tuesday’s filing, the Brady Campaign says U.S. District Judge Richard Gergel incorrectly interpreted federal gun law when he dismissed the Emanuel families’ lawsuit in June 2018.
I’m firmly opposed to mandatory background checks so I am not in agreement with the basic premise of their position but I am fully in support of the Brady Campaign suing the FBI. This diverts both Brady and FBI resources from attacking gun owners.
If Brady wins it means the FBI will increase expenditures on NICS to decrease the likelihood of being successfully sued in the future. Increasing the costs of NICS checks means the value of these checks will be more likely to be examined. Does our society “get it’s money’s worth” from this expenditure or would those resources be better spent elsewhere. For example, should that money be spent o...
Speaker Ryan Confident GOP Will Keep House in Midterms, Emphasizes Focus on Results Not Rhetoric [More]Yeah, I know, Ryan.
'Children's bodies are everywhere': NINETEEN people are killed in Crimean school massacre after student walks into canteen and opens fire - as video shows teenagers screaming and fleeing gunshots and bomb blasts -- Vladislav Roslyakov, 18, stalked his college halls with a shotgun, shooting 17 dead and then killing himself [More]Something must be done!
I early voted today. Not sure what this means but I asked the poll worker what turnout had been like. She said it was the largest turnout for the first day she’d seen.
The next thing I noticed is the local talk radio ads. There are all manner of ads for Marsha Blackburn that aren’t ran by her campaign. All of Phil Bredesen’s ads are ran by his campaign. Not sure what that really means, either. Other than PACs are favoring Blackburn.
Someone is advocating the Boy Scouts ditch the NRA and start their own firearm safety program.
The Brady Campaign to Cling to Relevancy is suing the FBI because a mass shooter passed their background check.
I don’t know who to root for here.
Trump Slams Very Unfair Drug Sentences
The presidents comments could improve the prospects for federal penal reform.
An attack at a college kills 19. Unpossible. Russia has all those restrictive gun laws.
I just received an email purportedly from the Wall Street Journal’s James V. Grimaldi. It appears to be mailing list, not really to me specifically; it isn’t as if the WSJ knows me from Adam.
But the topic is the ATF’s Notice of Proposed Rule-Making on “Bump-Stock Type Devices.” It wants me to take a survey and verify contact information for possible interview.
Being the suspicious type, I did check email headers for routing, and a few other things. It appears to be legit.
The survey specifically quotes a comment I submitted; it seems they’re going through all 193,000 comments and trying to contact folks.
Yep. I just got another email on a different account. Because I also submitted a comment on behalf of The Zelman Partisans.
Anyone else getting these emailed survey requests?...
A professor. Giving advice like this.
And I'm sure someone will call anyone yelling about this idiocy 'anti-intellectual'
Dave Brooks links a new report offering an usual taxonomy of today’s divided America. The study finds, counterintuitively, that the big division is between rich, old, white geezers on the Left and on the Right.
Every few years one research group or another produces a typology of the electorate. The researchers conduct thousands of interviews and identify the different clusters American voters fall into.
More in Common has just completed a large such typology. It’s one of the best I’ve seen because it understands that American politics is no longer about what health care plan you support. It’s about identity, psychology, m...
Good news for a change from Campus Reform.
The University of Chicago president defended his school’s commitment to free speech in an address to the City Club of Cleveland.
University of Chicago President Robert Zimmer said during a speech on Oct. 3 that “challenging one’s assumptions inevitably creates discomfort, but a discomfort that is necessary for growth, understanding, and achievement.” Zimmer continued by describing what he believed to be three contributing causes of a decreased commitment to freedom of expression across U.S. universities.
“Privileging feelings, to the extent that...
First up is Midweek links from Claire Wolfe’s Living Freedom Blog.
- Today cannabis becomes legal across Canada. Not easily gettable — yet. But legal.
- They’ll also make it easier to get pardons for “crimes” involving simple possession. (How come they don’t just automatically wipe the convictions?)
- The world’s tiniest republic began as an April Fools joke and has beer running from the water taps in its town square. (H/T MJR)
That’s just how she get’s started. Click the link above for more.
And also there is The Other McCain with In The Mailbox: 10.16.18. This begins as follows.
OVER THE TRANSOM
EBL: Sen. Claire McCaskill Thinks Her Constituents Are Rubes
Twitchy: Slate Tries To Rescue Fauxcahontas From Pouncing Conservatives, Faceplants Instead
Louder With Crowder: Top Ten Hilarious Reactions To Sen. Warren’s DNA Test Results
Hope the first half of your week went w...
The fifteenth Installment of Build of the Week was contributed by DJ. I personally have no experience with 6.5 Grendel. One of the things I am enjoying about this series is seeing the variety of not only modifications but platforms. DJ has provided one of the more detailed write-ups for his build. In any case, […]
Do you enjoy the sounds of silence? Ever considered getting a ‘subsonic’ lower back tattoo? Named your second born child ‘Blackout’...
A spokesperson for Collins tweeted Monday evening that Collins' husband, Tom Daffron, "today received a threatening letter that the writer claimed was contaminated with ricin, a highly hazardous substance which was used in a previous attack against the United States Senate."Sen. Collins (sorta R-ME) has always been a squishy Republican. Do you think this will make her more or less sympathetic to the progressives?
The Minnesota Democratic Party has suspended a spokesman for calling for violence against Republicans even as two GOP candidates have been assaulted in suspected politically motivated attacks.
The Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party has suspended communications staffer William Davis for one week without pay after making a Facebook post joking that Democrats would "bring [Republicans] to the guillotine" on Nov. 7, the day after the midterm elections. Minnesota Republican Party chairman Jennifer Carnahan said the suspension was not enough, calling for his immediate firing in the aftermath of separate attacks against Republican candidates. She said she has been subjected to numerous death threats during her tenure as the state party leader and that death threats are n...
What is it about Democratic women, especially elected officials? I've been highlighting lately the unbelievable amount of unethical, sleazy, behavior that the Democrat women in the US Sentate are capable of.
LIz Warren of course, the prototypical white woman, claiming Native status.
Clair McCaskill, lying to her constituents.
This morning it's Heidi Heitkamp, the Dem out of North Dakota, outing survivors without their permission. And, listing some as survivors who weren't victimized. All for cheap political points.
The misstep has led some women misidentified in the ad to decry the Democratic candidate and question how their names landed on the list, with one group of women saying they are seeking “a lawyer who will take our case” because the ad has “interfered with, or downright ruined, our lives.” …This is despicable. Simply horrific. I understand that she's in a tight race, and I'd think that she wants to take the high road. Instead, she's now in the middle of a political disaster...
On Monday, CNN reported that Saudi Arabia was preparing to release a report that would blame Khashoggi's death on a botched interrogation. [More]How come every time governments get caught causing violent deaths the media trots out the "b" word?
GOA-Endorsed Congressional Candidates for 2018 Midterms [More]Plus the scorecards.
So they hate, they rage, they scream and shout, bully people and wreck property. Then they accuse us of what they are doing. [More]And there's no shortage of useful idiots who believe them.
Federal court finds for worker fired by company after keeping gun in vehicle [More]This whole business of having to consent to a search of your car is another intolerable condition of employment. If a worker commits a workplace infraction there are escalating disiciplinary policies that can be applied based on severity, ranging from verbal and written warnings to suspension and termination,
Sessions vows ’emergency’ Supreme Court battles amid ‘outrageous’ discovery rulings by federal judges [More]They must not teach separation of powers in "progressive" law schools? Or they do and all have a good laugh?
I can’t wait to vote for Geoff Diehl in November
Put up. Or shut up.
I keep hearing this. I’ve been hearing it for years, in varying percentages, but always something considerably more than a mere super-majority.
But if you question why, if 95% of freaking everyone wants PPYI/AWB/waiting periods/free bubble-up/rainbow stew, the legislators won’t grant that wish, you’ll invariably hear that the NRA somehow owns everyone (despite the fact that Michael Bloomberg alone pours more money into campaigns that the entire NRA/ILA) and are stopping commonsense tyranny.
Or ask why, when universal universal background checks actually go to a vote of the people directly via referendum, the vote has never — even in left-wing Washington — gotten within 30 percentage points of the claimed ninety-whatever-they-claim-today. And that’s when it passes at all.They mutter something about the NRA buying the vote… of ALL THE INDIVIDUAL VOTERS?
Where’s my pile of money? Someone’s remiss in payment.
These are alleged adults, but the “NRA” is a bigger boogeyman to them than childhood’s...
Because I hate wasting good stuff at an away game...
Someone had referenced being on "team gun rights" vs. "team anti", to which I wrote:
"Most aren't "on" teams. The person with all the New England Patriots swag and the Tom Brady jersey doesn't actually *play* for the Patriots, they're just "his" team and therefore he hates on the rival teams.
Similarly, most people don't volunteer for their sociopolitical team's organizations, volunteer to be poll watchers, man phone banks, run for local office, or generally do anything other than vote desultorily and write the occasional dues check. They're no more "on" Team [GOP/Dem/NRA/ACLU] than the couch potato in the Pats jersey is a f***ing quarterback."
UPDATE: That should be "home", not "hoe". I'm leaving the title unchanged because it's kind of funny, especially with the comments. /UPDATE
As if you needed another reason, but this one is a doozy:
In a paper to be presented today at the ACM Symposium on User Interface Software and Technology (UIST) in Berlin, Germany, computer scientists Gierad Laput, Karan Ahuja, Mayank Goel, and Chris Harrison describe a real-time, activity recognition system capable of interpreting collected sound.
In other words, a software that uses devices' always-on builtin microphones to sense what exactly's going on in the background.So now Alexa won't just know what you're saying, it will know what you're doing. And they'll use that information for - what? Of course, all the Fanbois who get these damned things have carefully gone over the license agreement before clicking "Accept", amirite?
Stolen from everywhere:
Elizabeth Warren's DNA results have led me to conclude that we all owe her 0.001953125 percent of an apology.
Opinion published in Sunday’s USA Today says the Boy Scouts should ditch NRA and create their own firearms training program. This is just one guy’s opinion, so I’m not sweating it. But it shows the concerted effort to place us outside the mainstream, likely coordinated by Bloomberg, is continuing.
The NRA needs the BSA more than the BSA needs the NRA. The BSA is perfectly capable of creating a firearms safety program of its own without the NRA participation.
You want to test that nice theory? If you ask me, this is a bigger threat to the Boy Scouts, because I believe we have the cultural power in the circles BSA depends on to end it as a national organization of any consequence. This would not be a wise fight for the BSA to pick.
In an age when three or four rounds a minute from a trained infantryman was considered an impressive standard, six or even seven shots a minute which were more accurate than those from an average musket was tactically groundbreaking. Patrick Ferguson’s rifle was what would today be described as a ‘force multiplier’. I’ve wanted to […]
Almost two years ago, Miles wrote about the practical remote PKM mount in Iraq, made by PMU. In this article, we will show another three improvised remote-controlled machine gun mounts, in which two of them operates the Russian DShK heavy machine gun in 12.7x108mm and one for the PKM 7.62x54mmR light machine gun. These are not the […]
She’s worked out stuff with Mom’s Demand Action to make sure that she can support their goals without supporting the organization openly.
Deputy Regional Field Director, Claire McCaskill Campaign
[H/T to David Hardy.
…and it’s how I spent basically all of yesterday after morning chicken chores. Because it was cold and wet – at one point it even snowed. With the exception of that one snowy interval it rained solidly from sometime in the middle of the night to one in the afternoon, and the sun never did come out in any meaningful way. So solar gain to the cabin interior was basically zero. I could stay in the main cabin and stoke the fire all day or do what I actually did, which was sit in a chair in my comfortably cool room and read a book.
Blog output reflects the fact that the Official TUAK ‘Pooter is in the main cabin, not the bedroom. Sorry about that.
As the sky lightens out my window, I see the weather hasn’t quite decided whether today will be a replay of yesterday. So today may also not be a banner day in TUAK history.
Do you carry with one in the chamber? Condition One? Of course you do. It's the conventional wisdom! A well holstered pistol is perfectly fine that way.
But what about your nightstand gun?
Ok, this isn't an issue for folks that keep tomorrow pants by their bed. Their pants with their holstered firearm there with it, ready to go. You hear a bump you just grab your the grip of your holstered firearm. No fuss no muss. And it is still condition one, obviously. I'm not talking that.
What if that isn't your habit? Or like me, you aren't going anywhere in your state with a holstered firearm tomorrow because you live in Maryland or somesuch?
What condition is the nightstand gun? Or the gun in the lock box on the nightstand because you have kids in the house and there is a chip in your ring that opens that box? There is a different sort of fumble in the dark for that gun than the more-sure unholstering.
And this is a bump in the dark, not a jump on the street. I...
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Eight people were slain in Boston in a span of 10 days, including a 24-year-old woman police said was fatally shot Monday night sitting in a car outside an apartment building on Charles Street in Dorchester.
Her death by multiple gunshots, police said, came at approximately 9:35 p.m. raised the city’s 2018 homicide toll to 47 — four more slay victims than on the same date last year.
The Violence in Boston is no joke. Unfortunately the politicians here ARE a joke:
“We’re looking into the past histories of some of these folks that have been involved in these shootings — the people who have shot and the people who have been shot,” Walsh said.
“Again, these are eight incidents that we are not happy about. It’s a pretty tough situation when you think about how do we get to the bottom of it.”
Police have confiscated 581 firearms this year, according to department spokesman officer James Kenneally.
I watched my youngest granddaughter transform from a baby to a toddler. I experienced the high tea of a lifetime. And, most importantly, I enjoyed quality family time that included many experiences, including camping on Moutcha Bay.
Those are the highlights of the summer trip Carlos and I took with our 3 children, their spouses and our 5 grandchildren. We went to Moutcha Bay Resort in Nootka Sound, British Columbia.
Moutcha Bay is known for its salmon fishing, and my husband loves it for that. But to say this was a fishing trip doesn’t capture its meaning. It was a chance for the 12 of us to connect. The outdoors was the vehicle to bring us together.
This was my first trip to Moutcha Bay. Carlos has been there several times, and our oldest daughter, Christina, had been before, too.
Carlos told me tales of Moutcha Bay, and he showed me photos. I am not a bit interested in fishing, but the photos made me curious about the place, because I could see my husband had so much fun on these trips. I always thought, “If I ever get the chance, I want to go, too.”...
Crimson Trace®, recognized as America’s Top Brand of laser sights and tactical lights in a shooting sports industry survey, announces the release of the innovative Lasersaddle LS-250 red laser sight (and LS-250G green laser sight) for the Mossberg® Shockwave firearm. The simple-to-install Lasersaddle LS-250/G laser sight secures onto the firearm’s receiver side and upper area and operates with three distinct activation points, including one that can be accessed by left-handed users. The batteries for operation can also be easily changed with a rapid-change battery cap on the sight’s exterior and without the laser sight being removed from the firearm.
When SureFire unveiled the Guardian at the shoot house event last year, I didn't really pay it much attention. The dual lamp setup seemed gimmicky, and it wasn't tacticool at all. The sample light arrived at the house and got set aside and ignored...until I decided to bring it along on my house-sitting trip to New Hampshire earlier this year.
So how would you respond to someone attacking you and your mother? Law enforcement: Fatal Idaho shooting may be self-defense.
A cop was responding to a disturbance.
While en route, dispatchers told them that a 41-year-old woman had shot a 39-year-old man who was attacking her and her 70-year-old mother.
Bystanders tried to help, but he didn’t make it.
Sheriff’s Captain Tim Hemphill said in a prepared statement that the initial investigation indicates the 41-year-old woman was acting in defense of herself and her mother, and witness statements support that finding.
Self-defense is a human-right.
Usually a Musical Interlude is about the music, but I just really love this video.
El Radio Fantastque isn’t a group that I am very familiar with. Their Facebook page lists them being “Alt Pop, Fellini Au-Go-Go, Surreal Bubblegum Art Pop” and other genres. They don’t appear to have an entry in the Wiki. I am finding that the Wiki isn’t as complete as I once thought it would be. (And it is often just plain wrong.)
Burning Man: If you know what it is, needs no explanation. If you don’t know what it is, there isn’t space here to explain it. But this video is of The Serpent Twins at – mostly – Burning Man. The music is “I Run Wild!” by El Radio Fantastique. I have been listening to some of their other music, and I haven’t quite decided if I like it or not. I like this piece of music, but as I mentioned, I love the video. (If YouTube freaks out about privacy extensions in your browser, and tells you the video is not available, use the link above. Google, et al, really don’t like privacy!)
Well, maybe not. Hey, technology is wonderful. With new gear, Des Moines police arrest robbery suspect by linking casings to firearm.
An Ankeny man has been charged after shell casings found at a robbery were linked to a handgun he possessed, the first arrest made with newly installed equipment to assist Des Moines police in solving gun crimes sooner, authorities said
So does this mean that Des Moines is a bigger city than I think it is, or is the technology for forensic science (and in particular, ballistics) just getting cheaper?
Having gone through the whole series of Thompson submachine guns, not it’s time to take them out to the range! I was quite curious to see how the different variations would handle side by side, since they have several significant differences. The Cutt’s Compensator and the changing rate of fire can both be expected to have a noticeable impact on the shootability of the guns.
I went in expecting to prefer the World War Two M1A! pattern, and was rather surprised to find mysel...
The Crimson Trace Lasersaddle LS-250 is a laser sight designed for the Mossberg Shockwave 500 and 590. We had a chance to test out a prototype this summer in Montana.
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Today’s Picture of the Day is a Colt AR-15, which you can spot behind the RMJ Tactical Tomahawk Kestrel axe. The scope is a Leupold LR/T M3, connected to the Picatinny with a Spuhr scope mount. As usual, there’s some furniture from Magpul and an ALG Defense rail. The gloves are Mechanix Breacher. Shorter than […]
Hmmmm… see my commentary below:
I find I’m really not enjoying these “lets be cute and make a relatable parody type thing” videos as much as I used to. This must be the general consensus on the internet because I noticed a lot of channels that used to put out this type of content exclusively, completely stopped.
Oh I see… I just realized at the end once those two dudes came on screen&...
Oh yea this is what I’m talking about:
There’s a really good article over at the Gazette outlining this...
The Skynet joke has been beaten to death… for real though, we’re all dead. This thing is SHOCKINGLY agile:
I really need one of these things to come hiking with me, so it can...
I suspect that I learned this in high school physics 1973-74. But Nixon was President, so I likely forgot.
You have a 3VDC source (two AAA batteries); you add another 3VDC source to the same wires. Do they add, or do you only get 3VDC?
STOP! I have more evidence of how smart my readers are, dozens of answers in agreement. Alas, mechanical issues rendered my idea impractical. The Crossbow Equatorial Platform runs on two AAA batteries (remarkable since it is moving more than 100 pounds of telescope at one revolution per day. It is good for 120 hours, but you must remember to turn it off when you are done. The switch is in an awkward position, so easy to forget at the end of the evening.
I was thinking of hooking up the 12 VDC power source that I use for the Sky Commander through a 12 VDC to 3 VDC gadget that I assembled from parts. Turn off the power source when closing up for the night, and the switch does not matter. But the problem with both cables is that as the telescope turns it winds the cables around the ...
Today’s Photo of the Day is taken from a Bavarian called “Schrombo“, who takes excellent photographs of many interesting firearms – both modern and historical. Here in Germany the Karabiner 98 kurz chambered in 8x57IS (8mm Mauser) is one of the most commonly available milsurp rifles. Since its creation in 1898 (as the Gewehr 98 […]
TFB has been given access (Courtesy: Alexandre Beraldi) to a whole series of videos showing the range of tests that the recently acquired .40 S&W Glock G22 Gen5 pistols were submitted to by PMESP – Polícia Militar do Estado de São Paulo (São Paulo State Military Police), in Brazil. Although the material comes in Portuguese, […]
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I think I mentioned the struggle I was having getting my 35mm Plossl sufficiently in focus. The obvious solution was another low power eyepiece with less in focus. So I bought this Russell Optics 50mm 2" eyepiece:
TFB has attended the Arms & Hunting 2018 exhibition which was held in Moscow, Russia. By the end of the month, we’ll publish several articles dedicated to the most interesting firearms and accessories that we saw during this event. In this article, we’ll tell about the new guns that MOLOT Oruzhie brought to the show. GORNOSTAY […]
A civil society is dependent upon not having runaway hostile emotions. You might get angry with your spouse, a co-worker, a neighbor, a political party or, on a global scale, another nation. In most cases these are bursts of anger that, when put into the larger perspective its not worth severing the relationship or escalating the hostilities. Everyone is going to have a better life if the parties can freely interact to the mutual benefit of everyone. If there is no mutually beneficial interaction at the current time that doesn’t mean that there won’t be such need in the future.
For example, suppose your neighbor’s dog sometimes poops in your yard. If you escalate the situation and you end up not being on speaking terms it going to be tough to help each other when you need to cover your windows with plywood to protect against a hurricane.
This doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t put a stop to the neighbor’s kid torturing your cat or you finding a new job and telling your boss he is a jerk when you leave. There are times when you must take action to protect yourself.
I would like to express this philosophy more succinctly and refer to it in the future as ...
I've been watching this whole Liz Warren thing with glee. It's hilarious. She wanted to establish her bona-fides with a DNA test and instantly became the butt of right-wing mirth and left-wing disdain all within a 24 hour period.
Kellyanne Conaway summed it up n nicely.
“In a matter of minutes, she managed to alienate Native Americans, whom she claims as her own, and high-ranking Democrats, whom she would need to successfully run for president,” Conway said in an interview Tuesday. “We saw this in 2016, we don’t need another female candidate who has a causal relationship with the truth, can’t get her story straight, blames everybody else and is screechy and preachy to the electorate.”I laughed aloud at that paragraph. So, to sum up.
After mulling my options, I went with the Emerson Commander. It’s a quality knife. The blade is very well made and feels less, I dunno, Samurai-swordy than the Spyderco. It opens smoothly either by using the Wave or with the thumb. A few pros:
Good weight for a knife that large.
I like that it’s constructed with Phillips head screws instead of those little torx/alan types that, when they are small enough for knife construction, tend to strip.
About the only con I have with the knife is that the body is not tapped for screws so that one can move the carry clip for left pocket carry.
As a kid, we got their catalog twice per year. And my sister and I would argue over who got it first. See, we’d thumb through it, take a pen, and mark the toys we wanted for Christmas. I spent many, many childhood hours looking through those catalogs, imagining how awesome Christmas was going to be.
Senator McCaskill is running for reelection. She supports all the gun control. Only, she doesn’t want to tell anybody that because it’s a losing issue:
People just cant know that. MO Sen. McCaskill Hides Agenda Including semi-automatic rifle ban from Moderate Voters, Staffers Reveal in Undercover Video it could hurt her ability to get elected.
Zack Smith is a competitive shooter and even shoots for Taran Tactical. Just last weekend Rifle Dynamics held their annual Red Oktober Rifle match. Zack shot the match and won first place with a $500 homebuilt AK. Zack shot in armored division which requires the shooter to wear rifle rated plates in a plate carrier. […]
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The French Armée de Terre has shared an interesting video on their official YouTube comparing the iconic First World War-vintage Lebel M1886 with the French Army’s new rifle the Heckler & Koch-made HK416F. The video is part of the French Army’s clash of the titans series, the first of which compared a modern Leclerc MBT with a […]
GLOCK has partnered with TFB to give you an amazing gun. GLOCK has announced a new addition to the 9X19 family of pistols featuring the latest in design and engineering seen in the 5th Generation of GLOCK pistols. The GLOCK 45 combines the fast handling of the GLOCK 19 compact-sized slide with the full-size frame […]
Still getting a lot of weather. Overnight rain, morning wind. I have no idea what the wind will blow in. Smart money says I won’t like it very much.
By winter standards it isn’t even cold out. Would have gotten a lot colder without the rain and overcast. But between the damp, the wind and the lack of acclimatization, I’m breaking out the longjohns.
First fire of the season. Wish I’d spent more effort dusting off the upper stovepipe; I hate the smell of burning dust almost as much as I hate the smell of hot metal. Sweartagod I’m still paying for that ...
I can’t wait to live in their perfect world. It’ll be so peaceful and nice.
Project Veritas released another bombshell video on Monday night, this time showing Missouri Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill and her staff saying that she supports strict gun control measures, but that she couldn’t express that outwardly or she wouldn’t get reelected.
“But if we have the kind of year I think we might have I think we could actually be in a position to get votes on this stuff on the floor and we’d get 60. McConnell knows it. He just doesn’t want to put it on the floor because then it goes to the House and then sits awkward because all those House members are total NRA folks so…” McCaskill stated.
“So you would be on board with the bump stocks and… high capacity mags,” the undercover journalist followed up.
McCaskill confirmed that stating, “Of course! Of course!”
Aaron from The Shekel came down Friday to catch the air show and hang out for a few days, and the G-rated version of this week-end's events can be seen on his page. But I just dropped his hungover self off at the airport and it looked like he at least made it inside so now the stories can begin.
Friday night I took him to work with me at a music venue where I labor part time. He put a couple pics up but I notice he omitted the best part of the entertainment. And of course there were adult beverages
Moderate Democrats, like... for example, Claire McCaskill of Missouri. She claims to be a moderate Democrat, but Project Veritas is on the case, and it shows that she supports a semi-auto rifle ban, open borders, and basically all of Obama's policies. Claire will say anyting to get elected, as this video shows.
I especially like the part where the staffers say that Republicans can "Get over it" after she is elected.
Get over it, indeed. I hope that all those staffers get over being unemployed after she is defeated.
“Regulation” offered a perceived “out,” but one not without problems and dangerous precedents of its own. [More]Anyone who thinks this is "just about bump stocks" has not been paying attention.
I’ve had the pleasure and privilege of writing for American Handgunner magazine since its inception. They have both current content and classic back issues online at www.americanhandgunner.com. In this one from thirty years ago, I noticed that gunleather authority Bob … Read more
Crossbreed Holsters is known for quality craftsmanship of its line of holsters. We took a little tour and met the craftsmen and team that runs the engine that is one of this country’s finest holster makers. All photos by Jason Baird.
It started with a vision, by Crossbreed Holster’s founder Mark Craighead. In 2005, Mark, an avid shooter, decided he wanted to design a concealed-carry holster that worked for him. His wife, Carol Craighead, now CEO of the company, recalled having holster pockets baking in her kitchen oven. The holster line evolved into a natio...
On Sunday, a person doing yard work discovered a pistol in the grass. In itself, that’s hardly news, as criminals do toss weapons after a crime, and this was stolen. But in this case, the “news” is in the police claims about the firearm.
After people find weapon in tall grass, Kirby police advise on what do if you find gun
Lt. James Laymon, of the Kirby Police Department, said the gun could have easily been fired. It was completely unsafe.
“This weapon was found with a round in the chamber and three rounds in the magazine, so it would have discharged if the trigger would have been pulled,” he said. “It was self-cycling, so it would have continued to do so three more times.
So Lt. Laymon is claiming this weapon is an illegal machinegun? Only a machinegun continues to cycle and discharge multiple times from a single operation of the trigger.
Not, “It would have discharged, and could be fired three more times.” It would have fired and c...
If you're a Gen X'er, like me, Sears loomed large in your childhood. They sent out this huge catalog that was full of cool stuff. When I was home sick from school, I wasn't allowed to watch TV (being sick wasn't supposed to be fun) and so I'd while away my time in bed with a calculator, a note pad, and catalogs, "spending" a million dollars. Sears got a lot of that imaginary money, because they had everything.
They were such a huge retailer that they had their own house brand lines of a lot of stuff. Craftsman tools, Kenmmore appliances, DieHard car batteries...all that was Sears.
As a teenager and into my early 20's, with a nascent sense of "coolness", Sears became associated in my mind with store-brand knockoffs. There was the Sears Tele-Games console, which was a re-labeled Atari 2600, Sears-branded cameras, and working my first gun counter job in a pawn shop meant I was constantly running across J.C. Higgins or Ted Williams-bra...
got tested. No wonder she didn't want to meet with the Cherokee who had questions for her.
Warren provided the test results to The Boston Globe on Sunday, the newspaper said, “in an effort to defuse questions about her ancestry that have persisted for years.” The disclosure is another strong sign that she is seriously considering running for president, according to the publication.
“The vast majority” of Warren’s ancestry is European but “the results strongly support the existence of an unadmixed Native American ancestor” six to 10 generations ago, according to Carlos D. Bustamante, a Stanford University professor who analyzed the results.
This means she could be just 1/1,024th Native American if the ancestor is 10 generations back, the Globe said.
'questions about her ancestry...
and they're working together. "It's just the algorithms" my ass.
...What received relatively little attention was the far more ominous step which was taken next: within hours of being purged from Facebook, multiple anti-establishment alternative media sites had their accounts completely removed from Twitter as well.
As of this writing I am aware of three large alternative media outlets which were expelled from both platforms at almost the same time: Anti-Media, the Free Thought Project, and Police the Police, all of whom had millions of followers on Facebook. Both the Editor-in-Chief of Anti-Media and its Chief Creative Officer were also banned by Twitter, and are being kept from having any new accounts on that site as well.
“I unfortunately always felt the day would come when...
This great change does not happen overnight or all at once. It occurs through the course of organized class combat, class against class. The necessity of revolution must be grasped and this matter can no longer be delayed by the clownery imperialist elections. Develop the combined strength of the proletariat, its allied classes, the Party and its Red Army.
"He said things we don't like on his social media! Let's accuse him of racism and sexism and being dangerous and destroy his business!"
In response, he's following the advice of what was probably the favorite politician of the leftists: 'Punch back twice as hard.' And I hope he winds up owning their ass.
Part of the filing:
36. In or about August 2018, a private person designated herein as “Conspirator A,” who Plaintiffs are informed and believe is not an employee or official of the District, was angered by the Commentary. Plaintiffs are currently working to confirm the identity of Conspirator A, and may seek leave of this Court to name him or her as an additional defendant when his or her identity is confirmed.
37. Conspirator A formed a combination with one or more other private persons, who agreed to act in concert to induce public agencies – in particular, the school districts who patronize Riley’s Farm’s field trip business, including the District – to retaliate against Plaintiffs for Mr. Riley’s First Amendment-protected expressi...
Gersh Kuntzman, back in 2016, wrote:
What is it like to fire an AR-15? It’s horrifying, menacing and very very loud.
It feels like a bazooka — and sounds like a cannon.
One day after 49 people were killed in the Orlando shooting, I traveled to Philadelphia to better understand the firepower of military-style assault weapons and, hopefully, explain their appeal to gun lovers.
But mostly, I was just terrified. …
I’ve shot pistols before, but never something like an AR-15. Squeeze lightly on the trigger and the resulting explosion of firepower is humbling and deafening (even with ear protection).
The recoil bruised my shoulder. The brass shell casings disoriented me as they flew past my face. The sme...
In recent years, Ruger has been bringing a flurry of firearms to market that are dripping with high-end quality. They notably introduced the GP100 Match Champion in 2014. This put a lot of companies on alert that Ruger was not only capable, but willing put out Custom Shop quality firearms for the shooting community. They […]
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The Ruger Precision Rifle (RPR) has expanded its caliber offerings into the .338 Lapua Magnum and .300 Winchester Magnum for some more thunder out of the popular platform. The introduction of these new cartridges brings shooters the same familiar weapon system in the RPR, but with a lot more heft to it. These magnum RPR […]
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“And please don’t respond. I detest when men who don’t read Design Mom come here and lecture this community of incredibly smart, well-educated women.”
You want to advocate that tens of millions of Americans be made in to felons to be hunted by police, but you object to any of those people you would make into felons merely typing a reply to your advocacy of their demise?
That doesn’t sound smart, and it doesn’t sound well-educated.
How did the United States take land from the Native Americans? Part of it was by taking their guns first.
How did the Germans push the Jews in to the ghettos? Partly by taking their guns first.
How did the Turks exterminate so many Armenians? They took the Armenians’ guns first.
How did Mao kill tens of millions? Pol Pot? Stalin?
The history of gun confiscation is the history of marginalized groups being exterminated by the majority.
Just because you yourself have no such desire has no effect on what the people you give this power to will do.
To see just what a bad idea taking all the guns away is, let’s ch...
Had some holler points that I thought were Federal HST. Nope. Hydra Shok, 124gr. Dang, why did I buy those? Oh well, good for testing.
50 of those, 10 of AE 115gr to start.
Pick up a guy, get drunk with him, take him back to your room... whatever that's "signalling" it sure ain't "virtue." [More]
But "this was not your fault in any way."
Prepare to enjoy the full benefits of that "progressivism" that's been indoctrinated into you, Zachary.
You think you "feel terrible" now? You're bound on an altar, young man, and the extended ritual sacrifice is just getting started.
Georgia’s Democratic gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams said Tuesday the Democrats’ "blue wave" in November would be comprised of those who are "documented and undocumented." [More]She's proud of disenfranchising Americans and betraying her country. So are her supporters.
[More]It's pretty telling how many from the #IBelieveWomen side of the aisle really don't when their "progressive" agenda isn't advanced. Many actually applaud the abuse and heap ridicule on the "brave women coming forward."
Except the ones that are... [More]
We want to take them all. Why won't you join us on compromises we say are modest?
Notice how any mention of likely consequences if this is forced on those who disagree are met with eye-rolling? It's dangerous when courses of action are offered, amplified and agreed upon by people too ignorant to know who and what it is they're threatening.
Received via email:
As well as being a Second Amendment issue, threat display is a First Amendment issue. If you don't have the right to warn an aggressor away, in terms that he will understand, and that will alter his behavior, what do you have the right to say? [More]Well according to the MILMs, if you just give them what they want there won't be a problem.
Huge news: For months now, the data nerds here at MoveOn have been testing a secret weapon to turn out voters, and it is proving to be as much as FIVE TIMES MORE COST-EFFECTIVE than other get-out-the-vote methods, according to independent researchers. [More]Five times our strength?
"I have an 'F' from the NRA. having said that, I am a supporter of the Second Amendment. I was raised around guns." McCaskill added that her father was an avid hunter and she was raised in a rural community, and she's irritated by the organization's claims against her. [More]Who you gonna believe? Her or her:
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I had a couple questions about the practice session I shared last week. Some folks were looking for more information on the “interval shooting” that I discussed. Here are a couple of good references that explain the process I was using.
In the video below, Kyle Defoor talks about a way to increase your speed while shooting. Watch it and then I’ll tell you how I use the same drill with a couple of modifications and a logical progression structure…
I first learned this drill from Ron Avery about 15 years ago. I’ve used it in my training ever since. Kyle uses a six inch circle for a target at five yards. I use an 8.5″ x 11″ sheet of paper at 20 feet. Either will work, but I like a little larger t...
Who knew that selling coffee could be so controversial?
WASHINGTON (WMAL) – For two years the owner of a gun shop in Hamilton, Virginia has been fighting to sell coffee, and Monday he may finally get approval to do it.
Zoning restrictions have prevented the owner of Bullets and Beans from selling coffee at his shop to people who are waiting for background checks or doing other business. Monday the Hamilton Town Council is scheduled to take up a proposal that would allow Kevin Jones to sell coffee for a 6-month trial period.
I met Theresa Shields at the Fairfax Rod and Gun Club on a cold and blustery day during a demo event we were hosting. New to the shotgun sports, Theresa was a natural and smashed targets in no time. She exuded excitement about our line of Syren shotguns. We started talking and told me she was a personal trainer. I see a lot of women who struggle with lifting and then holding shotguns, and so, we thought we should give the ladies some easy exercises to help with building not only their upper body strength but their core strength. The bonus is not just the added strength, but also, nice, shapely arms.
The latest out of the UN IPCC is that they need $2.4T a year for 20 years in order to keep the temperature from rising by more than 1.5° C.
The IPCC’s modelled pathways show that $2.4 trillion must be invested in new clean energy every year from 2015 through 2035, which, Bloomberg notes, is an almost sevenfold increase from the $333.5 billion invested in renewable energy in 2017. That is an aggregate investment of $48 trillion. The interest bill alone (at say 5%pa) would be $200 billion per month – more than the whole world currently spends on childhood education and environmental protection combined.
The report (C2.7) says that “the literature on total mitigation costs of 1.5°C mitigation pathways is limited and was not assessed in this report”. Others have calculated massive additional expenditure on energy efficiency, e...
Now that Brett Kavanaugh has ascended the bench, the Supreme Court is likely to rule on some states’ “may-issue” practices that amount to “won’t-issue” for carry permits. The recent case of Young v. Hawaii is ripe for consideration. A three judge panel of the Ninth Circuit has ruled in Young’s favor, granting him his prayer […]
If you break into homes, you will eventually find an armed homeowner. Man dies after being shot in garage of an Orem homeowner.
Around 7 a.m., the homeowner heard someone inside a garage that is unattached from his house.
The homeowner went inside his house, grabbed a small caliber handgun and confronted the man in the garage, Martinez said.
A scuffle occurred in which the homeowner shot man in the garage multiple times in the abdomen.
Self-defense is a human-right.
Practical Magic is still one of my favorite movies. It was released on October 16, 1998. (One of the best roles for Goran Visnjic ever.) Just in time for Halloween.
Here is the trailer, which doesn’t contain any real spoilers. I can recommend the movie. (Here’s a link to the trailer, in case YouTube decides to freak about about privacy extensions in browsers.)
The story of the USS Niagara is quite an odd little corner of history. It was a ship built in 1877 and acquired by the US Navy in 1898, fitted out as a water distillery and supply ship. That fitting out was not actually done by the Navy, though, but rather by a group of wealth private citizens in New York, headed by William Randolph Hearst. As an outburst of (allegedly) grassroots support for the US war effort against Spain, these men outfitted and donated the Niagara to the Navy. And the fitted it out like a private yacht, with porcelain china and silver flatware for all the officers and sailors, and much more. The arms and accouterments purchased were all finely stamped or engraved with the name of the ship, including 35 brand new Remington Rolling Block rifles in 7mm Mauser, with “NIAGARA” engraved in bold letters across the...
Although the L1A1 SLR (FN FAL) service rifle served the Australian “Digger” faithfully for an extremely long period of time, infantrymen in the Vietnam War realized that the rifle could be “tweaked” to fit the combat that the soldiers had to fight in day after day. Undergoing field modifications that would be against regulations anywhere […]
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This little piece of witlessness made the rounds last week:
Can zoning laws settle the gun debate?
If there could be a “right” to be free of guns, the logical question is then how it should be asserted. The answer may be in zoning. Because gun rights are tied to personal security, there appears to be room for citizens to exclude guns in their immediate surroundings as one means of protecting themselves.
The is no “right” to be free of guns owned by other people. Your rights do not extend to denying other people’s rights. One can choose to be free of guns by not owning one. One cannot choose to make anyone else not own a gun. You do not have a right to my property.
Because gun rights were tied to personal security, there appears to be room for citizens to exclude guns in their immediate surroundings as one means of protecting themselves.
Witkin cites Heller, and claims that a decision, which specifically ruled against firearms...
Despite her strong views on gun control, Senator McCaskill does not tend to promote them on the campaign trail or on her website. Rob Mills, who works on Senator McCaskill’s campaign, says that is “…because she has a bunch of Republican voters.”
Another individual who works on Senator McCaskill campaign, Carson Pope, adds that “…a semi-automatic rifle ban is more so what she would support.”
This is in Missouri, so I'm pretty sure there're at lot of Democrats who wouldn't exactly be wild about this either.
According to Mills, Senator McCaskill conceals her support of Moms Demand Action, a gun control group, and other similar organizations because they would “…hurt her ability to get elected.”
MILLS: “But she doesn’t openly go out and support groups like ‘Mom’s Demand Action’ or just like other groups that are related to that. Because...
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