Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Military Parades

Rule 1: Have it in someone elses country.

Removing Barriers to Work

 SB-18-193 has been introduced with significant co-sponsorship to allow challenges to laws and regulations restricting entry to jobs. This covers such absurdities as demanding a college degree to be allowed to braid hair or perhaps having to get permission from a coalition of all the existing licensed taxi drivers to operate your own cab.

It allows a citizen to request a judicial review of such laws and regs, and specifies how the judiciary should address the review.

Great idea. I bet it requires the person filling out the form to be licensed to practice law before the bar in Colorado instead of making the request a sort of fill-in-the-box form letter that any clerk could help you with.

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Ammo Comparisons

The folks at Ammo to go sent me an e-mail with links to their ammo testing results. The available data includes gel penetration, bullet weight, price/round, Average MV for the test quantity, and other technical information. Some people care a great deal more than others about the quality of the doom they throw about so here's the place to start.

I was impressed by the variety of results with MV's ranging from the mid 900's to the low 1200's and gel penetration ranging from 12 to 24". One would think that 12" would suffice for most threats and that one also featured sub-fragmentation that made the wound cavity look like an H.E. round had gone off in it. If you expect to face acid spitting near unkillable aliens, this may be the stuff for you despite the $2.50/rnd price tag.

I shoot cardboard targets along with the occasional steel popper or plate with arthritic hands so I look for something with a middling weight and modest velocity. I also use the ammo in a pistol caliber carbine at greater ranges than the pistol so getting a velocity boost from the carbine is a plus. Alas, that latter bit of info is not usually extracted. The last batch of ammo I tested was a "training and defense" setup that featured some very fast powder as witness the minimal difference in MV between the pistol and the rifle of 100-150 fps as I remember. That stuff would likely work very well in compact guns with the fast burn time offsetting the minimal time the bullet spends in the barrel. Some of my hand loads have shown as much as 300 fps velocity improvement. Blazer ammo w/180gr bullet is rated to 1000 fps from some mythological test pistol, and delivers 1400 fps from my carbine. Nice jump. Impressive muzzle flash from the pistol too, I bet.

Anyway, here's some links to their test results which feature sub-links to more detailed information, including pricing:
You can see our results for each caliber at the following pages:


45 ACP:

40 S&W:

380 ACP:
Hitting any of these links makes available links to several other calibers with most of the popular ones shown. LOTS of information here if you want to compare Blasto DRT defensive ammo to Everyday Range Fodder.

Monday, March 19, 2018

Social Scores

In China, it kind of looks like you start out with a social score of zero. If you do nothing, it stays at zero. Grumble about life in general or the government in particular, and it drops. Unless of course the official you were complaining about happens to be on a higher ups list in which case the officials score goes down and yours goes up.

Setting the same system up here involves first setting it up in the school system where anything can be rationalized as being for the greater good and necessary to keep things orderly. By the time a kid graduates, it's the only system they've known and they know that complaining will reduce your social score.

Friday, March 16, 2018


Remember, if you lift one or two in honor of the Leprechauns tomorrow, it's not appropriation. It's assimilation, and if you're lucky (!) the wee folk will bless you with a pot full of fireworks for Independence Day. It works both ways you know.

Monday, March 12, 2018

MacDonalds To Merge With Wendys

And the new logo just jumps out at you. Mac's woman-empowering version of the arches on its back with legs in the air, topped by the visage of a successful, empowered woman.
What's not to like?

Sunday, March 11, 2018

Abolishing Agencies

This early in the cycle, nothing you hear can reasonably be called party policy yet. The correct term is "trial balloon". The latest one to be floated from the left calls for the abolition of ICE whose existence is depleting the ranks of Dem voters.

So swell. I'm a republican, for lack of a better place to hang out, and I approve this message. I think the Donks should begin right now buying ads and making sure that everyone knows that illegal, as in coming across the border without papers, does not mean illegal as in selling classified information to hostile foreign operatives.

Of course the Reps could take the same tack. Call for the abolition of the Department of Education, Energy, EPA, and of course the ATF. Attach a coupon to every K-12 child good for say $7-8000/yr, payable to whatever accredited educational institution their parents want to send them to.

Promise the people that they will get the most cost-efficient energy available subject only to their state regulations. Cali will soon be as dark at night as North Korea, but so what?

Without the EPA, it's still illegal to pollute, and polluters would still be liable for damages. It would, however, be legal to remove wildfire fuel from around your house without worrying about an astronomical fine for disrupting the lifestyle of some differently abled vermin.

Then there's the ATF. Your shoelaces and the belt loops on your jeans will soon be classified as machine guns and you'll have to give them up on the premise that this will make the kids in school safer. The mandatory "voluntary" turn-ins should be amusing to watch. Kilts will be coming back in style.

So Hey, Hey, Ho, Ho!
Department of* has got to go!

*Well, maybe not the Department of Defense, but no one would miss the rest of them.

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Caucus Night

Here in Colorado last night was caucus night. As a precinct leader I was there and presented the Convention Of States resolution for consideration. I have to say I should have brought more copies of it  with me as it seemed to be getting about 90% approval from the delegates.
Calling for a Convention of States - It is resolved that Colorado Republicans encourage the Colorado General Assembly to adopt a resolution calling for a convention of the states under Article V of the US Constitution, restricted to proposing amendments that impose fiscal restraints on the federal government, limit its power and jurisdiction, and impose term limits on its officials and members of Congress.
As many precincts as I had copies voted the resolution up, noted the vote numbers on the page, and dropped the page into the precinct results. Several others went so far as to hand copy the document and do the same. I'm told that the COS resolution would pass the Colorado senate easily as Republicans hold a 1-seat majority but would likely fail in the Dem controlled house. Certainly any suggestion that the government might be too powerful will be treated by Dems like garlic at a vampire convention.

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Stiff New Gun Laws = More Crime

In Mass. anyway. Here's a story from the Boston Globe:
The 1998 legislation did cut down, quite sharply, on the legal use of guns in Massachusetts. Within four years, the number of active gun licenses in the state had plummeted. “There were nearly 1.5 million active gun licenses in Massachusetts in 1998,” the AP reported. “In June [2002], that number was down to just 200,000.” The author of the law, state Senator Cheryl Jacques, was pleased that the Bay State’s stiff new restrictions had made it possible to “weed out the clutter.”
What it actually did was create a safe working environment for the states criminal class .

Monday, March 5, 2018

Gov Hickenlooper Favors More School Shootings

He won't say so as such, but his approach to the problem suggests it. In a story at PJ Media, Hick says:
“I’ve probably talked to 1,000 teachers and this was not too long after Columbine happened in 1999, and we discussed those kinds of questions all the time. I can count on one hand the number of people that wanted to be trained and wanted to be carrying handguns or weapons in their schools,”
Of course. The educational cadre is made up mostly of lefties, and anyone identifying as pro-gun would be ostracized and most likely forced out of the profession.

Of course there are alternative solutions. Right off one could install the TSA at every school entrance and make 1-3000 students go through the same kind of screening the rest of us undergo at the airport. Remember kiddies, your classes start at 8 AM so allow 2 hours to clear security in the morning

UPDATE: Added second link. Not local, but typical.

Theme Song

As the Donks like "Don't Stop Thinking About Tomorrow", the right could do worse than this ditty:

Found at Samizdata this morning.

Thursday, March 1, 2018

"Never trust an Automatic pistol or a D.A's deal"

Quoth J. Dillinger. Seems the Parkland shooter should have studied more history or something. He came to the school, not with an AR and some large capacity magazines, but with 15 10-rounders. Part way along it seems one of them jammed so he dropped the rifle and joined the rest of the students exiting the building.

So far:
Armed guard in school                                         Check
Armed cops outside of school                               Check
Background check for rifle                                    Check
10 round mags only                                                Check
Shooter banned from entering school                     Check

Blame being placed squarely on non-participants   Check