Saturday, March 28, 2015

The Mighty .25 Auto

I'll get to that in a second. I went out and shot an IDPA qualifier today, and wishing to be 100% on the up-and-up, instead of my usual CZ-82 in 9mm Makarov, I used my brand new (to me) Glock 22 in .40 S&W.

I have arthritis in both hands, and frankly the CZ beats me up enough even with Craftsman mechanics gloves. The Glock is really rough, still you gotta make minimums. Which brings me to this story about the much-maligned .25 auto:
Florida woman stops alligator attack with a small Beretta pistol .

This is a story of self-control and marksmanship by a brave, cool-headed woman with a small pistol against a fierce predator. What is the smallest caliber that you would trust to protect yourself?

A Beretta Jetfire testimonial... Here is her story in her own words:

While out walking along the edge of a pond just outside of 'The Villages' with my soon to be ex-husband discussing property settlement and other divorce issues, we were surprised by a huge 12-ft. alligator which suddenly emerged from the murky water and began charging us with its large jaws wide open.

She must have been protecting her nest because she was extremely aggressive.

If I had not had my little Beretta Jetfire .25 caliber pistol with me, I would not be here today!

Just one shot to my estranged husband's knee cap was all it took...

The 'gator got him easily and I was able to escape by just walking away at a brisk pace.

It's one of the best pistols in my collection! Plus the amount I saved in lawyer’s fees was incredible.
Caliber helps of course, but in the end it's shot placement, shot placement, shot placement.

Next year I understand my CZ will be IDPA-legal in the BUG (back up gun) class. Always next year. Never when I need it.

Thursday, March 26, 2015


Shamelessly ripped off the Drudge page:

Hillary supporters warn reporter against using 'sexist' terms...

Polarizing, calculating, disingenuous, insincere, ambitious, inevitable, entitled, over confident...

I suppose if she were black, those would be racist.

I'm told she and the press will be having an open relationship which means they will both be screwing other people.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015


When I started out in engineering, I was privileged to work on equipment to be used by the astronauts on the then brand new space shuttle. I was told that whatever I did, it was to be idiot proofed to the best of my abilities as the crewmen were already heavily occupied and didn’t need anything else added that required much concentration. This practice paid off later when I worked on consumer and industrial products as well although I learned that “idiot proof” is a utopian concept and “idiot resistant” was probably the best one could hope for.

I have been informed that while I’m at work on my current job that the terms “idiot proof” and “idiot resistant” are NOT to be used within the hearing of the production staff as some of them might take it as an affront.We have, I'm told over 20 cultures represented.

In order to avoid having to smooth some ones ruffled feathers by fighting a ritual duel in the parking lot or having to agree to marry one of their daughters, the terms “idiot proof” and “idiot resistant” will both be replaced in all communications, written or verbal, with the expression “management friendly”.

Likewise I am thinking about offering a suggestion to the HR department that instead of punishing the native staff for being American, they make an effort to help the “differently cultured” members of the staff blend in seamlessly to their adopted nation. I’m sure they’ll be happy to get such a helpful suggestion.

The Future Of Transportation - Hacking

Ford says they will soon offer a car that can read speed limit signs and will not let you exceed the last one read, even though it's widely understood that everyone drives at 9-1/2 MPH higher. Minimum.

To avoid becoming the most unpopular person on the freeway, let me suggest you attach this decal to your windscreen in front of the camera which will probably be in the rear view mirror looking to the right:
You're welcome. Have a nice trip.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Colorado Gun Law

As I predicted, SB-175 to repeal the standard capacity magazine ban was sent immediately to the house Kill Committee.

Along those lines, the Senate is working on a bill to repeal the universal background check law. Along those lines, I expect it will wind up in the same place. Unless someone has some REALLY incriminating pictures, Mayor Bloomberg still calls the shots here.

Billll Gets His Gun

Actually Billll already has one or two, but I've decided to move forward on getting my CCW. I arranged a basic CCW class last weekend which covered the basics, Colorado law, and gun mechanics. No shooting. That will be done separately.

The law part was interesting. First off Colorado's Make My Day law has been significantly walked back to the point that you now need a more compelling reason to shoot someone in your house beyond that you don't want them there. They have to be actively threatening you, not just leaving with your TV. Now define "actively threatening". Make it clear enough that an ambitious DA won't decide that this is his ticket to higher political office.

There was also an extensive discussion of "menacing". This is when someone makes you as carrying and calls the cops to complain that they feel threatened weather you were even aware of them or not. Easily avoided. Just stay out of Denver and Boulder.

Proof of skill with your firearm can come from a variety of sources including regular participation in competitions. I've been shooting IDPA for some time now but to make that claim stick I'll have to join the IDPA. I've also been shooting those matches with a CZ-82 which the IDPA thinks is woefully undersized and Target Sports just got in some G3 Glock 22's from a police trade-in at what I'm told is a reasonable price. So now I'm a Glock boy.

The gun comes with only one mag, so I need 2 more. Picking them up tomorrow, only moderately over priced, and on the other side of town.

Also need a holster as none of mine fit the new gun, so I'm picking that up tomorrow on my way to pick up the mags. Picking up the gun tomorrow on the way home if I can get there before they close.

Friday I'll probably get to run 10-20 rounds through the new gun, then Saturday I shoot an IDPA qualifier. Should be interesting. I think I'll bring the CZ just in case.

As to the CCW, I was told that the counties near Denver are not as friendly as one could hope. You must appear, in person, between 9AM and 3PM, Tue thru Thu only at the county sheriffs office and fill out the forms in person using the right colored ink and at least one of them will deliberately give you some run-around and make you come back another day for some reason and if you complain, you will be escorted out of the building and told not to come back, so there's a zen test in there as well. The fee is $152.50 which covers the $10 background check, part payment for the county sheriffs new leather chair, and a supply of pine tree air fresheners for the deputy's vehicles.

The shooting part is covered by participating in competitions among other things, hence the IDPA card.

Turning money into smoke and noise. It's what I do.

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Good News!

Last night my daughter got engaged.

Yay us!
 Morgans comment.

Friday, March 20, 2015

Hillary Ineligible To Be President

Seems like an open and shut case to me:

Of course if you own the cops you won't get arrested, and if you own the judge, you won't get convicted.

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Old Growth Sagebrush

Here's a bit from those paisley-masked riders of the purple sage who know more about the West then the actual residents do in spite of never actually having spent any time here except maybe to go skiing.

“We think about redwood forests in California as old growth forests, we think about my home State of Washington, the Olympic peninsula, and the old growth trees there as really incredible habitat worthy of protection. We have old growth sagebrush ecosystems throughout the great basin that are equally important to 350 species, Greater Sage Grouse is one of them but mule deer, pronghorn antelope, hundreds of other species call these places home.”

Boldening is mine. What they want is a moratorium on development of any sort whatsoever. They have friends to look after and if Colorado produces a lot of oil, this depresses Al-Quaida's bomb budget. Can't have that.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Election Tampering

The 2016 election is 20 months out and already the IRS is getting ready to do that old black magic they do so well.

Paul Gigot: Well, just in time for 2016, the Justice Department has announced that it is gearing up to prosecute coordination between candidates and outside groups, a move that senior editorial page writer Collin Levy says should worry Republicans in particular and the super PACs that support them.
Coordination is difficult to prove but starting an investigation is easy. When you're the IRS you notify anyone who seems to be doing an effective job of selling your opponent or bashing your candidate and demand everything they've got including donor names for audit and other forms of harassment.

This makes donating to a political party an iffy proposition right up there with opposing Vlad Putin in Russia although to be fair the IRS hasn't resorted to gunning people down in the streets. Yet.

Of course now that they're the enforcers for Obamacare, there could be a health link to making the wrong donations. You just never know.

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Protesting Robots

Some people are protesting robots. For some this may not be a bad idea. If you're making $8.xx/hr, remember that at $15.00/hr a robot is more cost-effective than you are. This may not be the only reason to be nervous as no less a lumiary than Stephen Hawking is warning that they may get to be too smart for our own good.
A friend of mine is making robotic security guards. I hear they're popular.


What else to write about this close to St. Paddy's Day. Here's an article that suggests that Wal-Mart is looking into launching their own house-brand collection of wines. Suggested names include

10. Chateau Trailer Parc
9. White Trashfindel
8. Big Red Gulp
7. World Championship Riesling
6. NASCARbernet
5. Chef Boyardeaux
4. Peanut Noir
3. I Can't Believe It's Not Vinegar
2. Grape Expectations
1. Nasti Spumante

In order of popularity it says.

Never being one to let bad enough alone, let me suggest that the key to successful sales is good marketing.  They shouldn't put it in bottles, that is too upscale. I propose boxes, sized appropriately:
The 3-liter econobox featuring say a 71 Honda Civic on one side and a Pinto on the other, the 5-liter Ponycar box with a Mustang on one side and a Camaro on the other, and the 7-liter Grand National maybe featuring Richard Petty's Dodge. The Kenworthy Cross-country box is simply 2 Grand Nationals in the cardboard shipping box featuring a bulldog lifting its leg on a Volvo.


Saturday, March 14, 2015

Gun Law - Colorado

Just in case you didn't know, Michael Bloomberg holds the office of Mayor of Colorado. The governor answers to him along with the Dems in the legislature.

Here comes a canny political move which I've seen all too often. SB175 to repeal the ban on standard capacity magazines passed the Senate with 4 Dem votes which qualifies it as bipartisan. As the Republicans hold a 1 seat majority, it was going to pass anyway but it also improves the position of those 4 dems with their constituents by allowing them to claim support for a pro-gun bill. Of course knowing that the bill is likely DOA in the house, no one on the Dem side will hold the pro-gun vote against them.

Just yesterday, the Governor all but said he would veto any magazine limit repeal legislation if it were to make it to his desk.  Regardless of continued support for its repeal by both law enforcement and citizens from across the state, your Governor continues to take his marching orders from former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg and other anti-gun activists when it comes to your gun rights and inherent right to self-defense.

Take it to the next level: The house which has a 3-seat Dem advantage allows several of their members to vote for the bill again improving their chances in tight races, knowing that the governor will veto the bill thus preserving their status with Bloomberg.

Thus does Lucy pull the football on Charlie Brown one more time.

Friday, March 13, 2015

Fun With Science

Here's a collection of stupid science questions. The author says he may come up with more and I can see the SAT (Stupid Aptitude Test) coming down the pike to see who gets into the AP classes. Most of the questions have simple obvious answers. The best set of simple answers gets to go to AP science class where you get to gratuitously blow things up.

Here's one I liked:
I was told to set my clock back an hour when it showed 2AM on November 1st. I've done this 8 times now. When can I stop setting the clock back?
November 2nd of course. You'd think those directions were complicated or something. Let's try basic physics:

Q: A frictionless elephant with a mean diameter of 10 ft jumps off the top of a 600 ft tall building. His time to first contact with the ground is left to the student since it always is. For extra credit, what do we call the brief moment between the elephants first contact with the sidewalk and the final flattening of his top surface?

A; The Moment of Inertia of course.

So I didn't make it as a professional comedian. Let's see you do better.

Gun Law - National

I've seen it suggested, and I've thought myself that while completely abolishing the ATF would be a fine idea, the various functions of the ATF would simply end up being moved to other cubbyholes where they would draw less attention. At least until the new regulations were announced as now being in effect.

Destroying the weed that the agency has become might be better done by looking at the abuses they promulgate and specifically removing the ability to commit that abuse. To that end:
However, one Congressman is taking it a step further. Rep. Tom Rooney (R-Fla.) has introduced the Protecting Second Amendment Rights Act. The act goes a step further than just opposing the ATF’s current plan. The bill would completely strip the ATF of their authority to regulate ammunition.

More here. Need an excuse to write your congressanimal?