Sunday, October 11, 2015

October E-Postal

Dave at Truebluesam has been carrying this event for about 3 months now and here's another one to give you something to do at the range.
Click the link to get the target which also includes the rules. Ten shots, Five points per hit on ghosts, ten points for bats, twenty points for an eye, fifty points for connecting the eyes.

I hung mine up at an angle so the ghosts appeared upright, appealing to my engineering sense of order.

QOTD - White Privilege

Up at CSU, Megan Burnett takes up the topic of "white privilege", pointing out that outcomes are usually based on individual effort more often than anything inherited.  At the same time, over at Theo Spark, there's this observation:

Sort of follows Robert Heinlein's description of "bad luck".

Of course rejecting a technology (Capitalism) because it was invented by white men seems rather silly to me but what do I know? Replacing it with another technology (Socialism) which was also invented by white men and comparing the results, it seems that not only do we white men have the solution to world poverty, we also hold the patents on the cause of most of it.

Saturday, October 10, 2015


Sometimes there is just a divine indication that what you should be doing is staying home, preferably in bed. Yesterday was a good day for a bike ride so off I went. Made it about 2 miles and th chain broke. Fortunately I was near my favorite bike shop, Pedal, in Littleton. They had a master link for under $5 and helped me install it for free. Nice folks. Got me through the next 35 miles although my legs were registering formal protest.

Today we are supposed to go up to CCCSC for an IDPA match. Made it about 1/4 of the way and a radiator hose popped off. By the time we got it fixed, it was too late for the match, so we revised the plans to visit the Arvada Rifle & Pistol club.

Coming back, 6th ave was marked that an exit I don't use would be closed. As I got closer, the overhead sign was warning that the right lane was closed. Traffic began piling up early as someone had bent a fender and the accident was blocking the right lane from about 1 mile before the official closure. I get to my exit and discover that the right lane closure includes the exits for 4 major arteries including mine. There was a detour. The warehouse district is truly scenic in the morning.

Hose fixed and engine watered, let's see if I can get all the way to Arvada without a mishap.

Thursday, October 8, 2015

The Australian Model

The president recently praised the Australian model of gun control which outright banned self-loading rifles and shotguns. I seem to recall they also banned several types of hand guns as well. The net result, since 1996 when they did this has been an 18% reduction in the national murder rate.

In the U.S. since 1996, we have seen the expiry of the Clinton assault weapon ban, and a surge in the number of states becoming "shall issue" for CCW. The result here has been a 50% reduction in the national murder rate.

Details here at Powerline blog.

QOTD, Hillary & Guns

Hillary is attempting to demonize the NRA by comparing them to Iranians and communists with whom she says she had to deal with as Secretary of State.

James Taranto of the WSJ offers this observation:
If the NRA is like “the Iranians or the communists,” does she recommend the same negotiating strategy the administration has employed with them—i.e., make concession after concession, then declare a diplomatic triumph?
Somehow I suspect Hillary sees Putin as more of a role model than an adversary.

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

How Non-Citizens Vote

They do it indirectly, without ever having to visit a polling place or pull a lever. It seems that our Representatives are apportions according to the total population of the country, currently divided by 435, which says that each representative represents about 720,800 people. Note that we're talking people here, NOT citizens. Now in the electoral college, votes are apportioned out one per Senator, or two per state regardless of population, and one per representative. If your state has a bunch of non-citizens in it at the time of the census, you get extra representatives, for example, California gets 5 extra.

I did some looking and some math. 315M people divided by 435 reps is the above mentioned 720,800 people/rep. According to the Kaiser Foundation, some 7% of those are non-citizens or 22.5M. By current estimates, about half of them are illegal. Dividing the 22.5M by 720.8K tells me that non citizens have 30 representatives and 30 electoral votes to their credit. Given their propensity to vote Democratic, that puts the Republicans at a distinct disadvantage right out of the blocks. Toss in a bit of creative gerrymandering and you can use imported non-citizens to push voting citizens out of a close district.

They don't have to vote. They get representation for free.

Sunday, October 4, 2015

Political Ignorance

Ilya Somin, distinguished law professor attributes Trumps rise to the political ignorance of the electorate. Big deal. Low Information Voters are found across the political spectrum and are responsible for the rise, fall, election, and re-election of large numbers of otherwise unqualified dunces.

Interesting to note that only the right seems to see this as a bug and not a feature of the process.

National CCW

Well not exactly, but H.R. 986 does require all states that issue permits to recognize a permit from any other state:
Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2015

Amends the federal criminal code to authorize a person who is not prohibited from possessing, transporting, shipping, or receiving a firearm under federal law, and who is carrying a valid, government-issued identification document containing that person's photograph and a valid permit issued by any state to carry a concealed firearm, to possess or carry a concealed handgun (other than a machine gun or destructive device) in any other state that permits residents to carry a concealed firearm, in accordance with the restrictions of that state. Makes presentation of facially valid documents prima facie evidence that the individual has a license or permit as required.
It certainly won't get you anywhere in New Jersey, and if your state doesn't require a FOID card then your permit probably won't be recognized in Illinois. Still, it's a start. Sponsored by Rep. Hudson of N.C. it has attracted some 181 co-sponsors so far including Scott Tipton of CO so good for him.

The session is coming to an end so I don't expect much action on this but what the heck, you needed an excuse to write your rep anyway right? 40 more co-sponsors and it should have enough support to get it out of committee.

And don't forget to include the final paragraph (line) demanding that the ATF be abolished. Apparently enough people are doing this that several congressmen have commented on the proposition, mostly favorably.

Saturday, October 3, 2015

Obama Attempts To Sell More Guns

You have to admit, the man has probably indirectly sold more guns than any individual in the history of the earth. Yesterday he got in front of a camera and called for the Oregon shooting to be politicized, which is a dog whistle to the citizenry to go out and buy another gun.

It may be a bit early to be drawing conclusions, but I'm thinking that he may have actually saturated the market.

Swedish Utopia

The left loves to cite Sweden as the shining example of socialism working smoothly and flawlessly.

So here it is.

Coming soon to a neighborhood near you.

Friday, October 2, 2015

Gun Law

In the case of someone v Lucky Gunner, the courts ruled that Lucky gunner could not possibly have known that its customer would use the ammunition to shoot all those people in the theater in Aurora, and the courts subsequently ruled that the plaintiffs should have known that their suit was frivolous and vexatious and ordered them to pay Lucky Gunners legal costs which are running to about $250K.

One of Bloomberg's minion groups egged the family into filing the suit but of course when the whole thing went south, they disappeared.

So here's another similar suit, Various people v Bushmaster in which Bushmaster, a subsidiary of Remington, is being told that they should have known that Mrs. Lanza's son would steal the rifle and shoot his mother and everybody else at Newtown. A federal judge with a rather colorful reputation has kicked the case back to the state level where it is thought the plaintiffs will have a better chance of succeeding.

This is short term thinking. A good trial lawyer can give an after dinner talk at a club meeting, and in 10 minuted will have everyone in the room in tears over the injustice and abuse suffered by the chickens they just ate. On appeal, however, they do not get to try the same tactic in front of a superior court judge but rather are required to defend the fine points of the law. The 2005 Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act is pretty solid defense against charges of not being clairvoyant, and the plaintiffs attorneys must know this.

So what's to keep them from also being held liable for Bushmasters legal costs in this case?

Monday, September 28, 2015

Jury Duty

Went in for jury duty today fully prepared to do my duty for my fellow man. They had 3 or 4 cases to be heard, one of which was a civil suit which was expected to run possibly as long as 2 weeks. The others were projected to last 2-3 days. I got picked to go into the pool for the long one along with about 90 others.

10 or so begged off up front. In preliminary selection 20 were pulled to sit in the jury box and be questioned by first the judge, then the lawyers. As people were eliminated for one reason or another, all good to my observation, they were replaced by folks from the remaining 60. I got to replace someone in the first go-around which put me into the finals.

Eventually they got to 20 people with no up front disqualifications which included me, and the lawyers huddled to pick eight of us to sit the trial. After a good deal of passing paper back and forth, the lawyers agreed on the eight and the judge read the list. Surprisingly to me, I wasn't on it.

The case was a medical malpractice suit involving hematomas, CAT scans, and the interpretations of the scans. Having had a hematoma and a CAT scan and having been shown the scan and given the interpretation of same by my doctor probably disqualified me from listening to other peoples interpretations, at least to someones satisfaction, so back to work on tooling for a Vietnamese factory.

Saturday, September 26, 2015

Deer Problem

Michigan, specifically Ann Arbor, has a problem with the local whitetail deer population, it having no natural predators except the automobile, and notwithstanding the legendary prowess of Michigan deer hunters.

Government officials, who unfortunately seem to run the town have hit upon hiring professional sharpshooters to attempt to thin the urban herd. The theory goes one shot to the head and hide the body before the local PETA chapter gets wind of the deed.

This may have worked for Jimmy Hoffa, but the deer probably won't let someone in a dark suit saunter up behind them and put a round from a suppressed .22 pistol into their heads. Deer have much better situational awareness than that.

This is a job for a new old classic, the DeLile silent carbine.
Sneak up on the deer, and pfffft! the animal falls to the ground and the PETA people are convinced it had a heart attack or something. Queue the bambilance to pick up the body, and Voila!, one less pesky deer.

Gun Fun

I haven't forgotten much since last month and even got through the whole match without duffing a single stage although there were a couple spots that could have gone smoother. As usual there were a couple of stages for which the back story could have been a LOT better.

One stage involved 7 targets and 3 no-shoots arranged in varying degrees of non-verticality which I immediately labeled the "Irish Yoga" stage as it resembled nothing so much as closing time at O'Mally's pub.

The other was described as a large gang invasion of a department store with targets down every aisle. It was probably the most confusing as to what you should shoot and in what order of all the stages there. I labeled this one the "Lost In The Woods" stage for the ducking, bobbing, and weaving you had to do just to get through the maze of it.

Following the match we got out the chroney and the EBR and found that my .40 S&W "Cowboy Action" loads were delivering the 165 gr bullets at 825 FPS for a power factor of 136. Jargon, jargon, it's good enough for IDPA and doesn't hurt my hands.

The EBR was delivering 3200 fps from my varmint reloads and produced a one-ragged-hole sized group, admittedly at short range. Still, that equates to an adequately small group at 100 yards. Next time I'll remember to bring some 100 yard targets and the spotting scope.

Par for the course: The longer you spend at the range, the longer the list of things you should have brought but didn't gets.

Friday, September 25, 2015


Some high-school doof in Colorado Springs has been arrested for calling in bomb threats to some high schools in Nevada and California. Seems he has a bit to learn about securely hiding his home phone number when doing this. The local media is calling this a "swatting incident" apparently having a bit to learn about the difference between filing a false report, which is what was done, and SWATting.

SWATting involves filing a false report on a specific person in such a way as to leave the authorities thinking that this person is a clear and present danger to the lives of anyone near them including the responding police. When the call is sufficiently embellished, this can lead to a response in force by a bunch of understandably nervous men with guns. The response alone is a clear and present danger to the lives of anyone near them including bystanders and has resulted in the shooting death of an innocent shopper at a Wal Mart.

Election season is upon us and it certainly wouldn't hurt to suggest to the wannabe martinets that elevating SWATting to a serious felony would be met with general approval and could be presented as not only pro-gun but also pro gun safety to the antis.