Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Flat Earth - The Convention

The Colorado Sun, a new news source made up of refugees from the dying Denver Post and other places, went to the Flat Earth Society convention here in Denver, and has reported on the doings. I almost wish I had been able to go as some of the memorabilia would have made fine supplements to my collection.

Sunday, November 18, 2018

Putting Up An Antenna

What do you do when you have a ham radio and you're out in the boonies, and you need an antenna, as high up as feasible?

You launch it. Here's my co-conspirator, Jed, with the antenna launcher he built from PVC pipe and a lawn sprinkler valve
He's holding a large nerf dart here as it turned out his barrel was the same size as the larger gun/launcher on the porch behind him.


The fat pipe is the air reservoir which we pump up to 60 psi, not wanting to over stress the plastic. Not shown is the small dart made from 2 pipe caps and filled with sand that will carry the line that will pull the antenna wire high up into a tree or something. In testing today we threw the dart just over 100 yards across a flat park.
Here's the trigger. when you vent the top of the valve, the main body opens. Note the tastefully tactical O.D. and flat black paint job. Any operator would be proud.
Here's the business end. The short barrel limits the range but I am assured that what we got was sufficient. I tried to get a pic of the nerf dart leaving the barrel of the gun, but the dart is way faster than the shutter on my pocket camera.

Stealth Taxes

Here in East California Colorado, there's a thing called the TABOR amendment to the constitution that says that all taxes and/or increases must be approved by the voters of the state.

The issue relates to Tesla's corporate problems and California's efforts to bail them out at the taxpayers expense.

“Today, Colorado’s Air Quality Control Commission rubber-stamped California’s vehicle emission regulations,” said CADA President and CEO Tim Jackson. This will add a $2,110 tax to the sticker price of average new vehicles in Colorado, a tax that will be even higher on the SUVs and trucks that Coloradans prefer. This is hard-earned cash that the typical new vehicle buyer in Colorado will not recover and will have the biggest negative impact on working families and the economically disadvantaged.

Read the whole thing to see what's going on. Just as General Motors was bailed out by BHO, I guess we can rest assured that Tesla would be bailed out by a President Hickenlooper with taxpayer money so that $150,000 compact cars can be sold for $30,000.

UPDATE: So it's not an actual tax, just an estimate of the price increase on an average car due to Colorado's conformance to California's emissions and fuel economy standards. It's a very low number as the price of a new car seems to grow by 3.4-4%/year all by itself.

Saturday, November 17, 2018

Nuking The Gun Owners

Rep Eric Swalwell has offered up an across the board ban on "assault weapons" and has threatened to use nuclear weapons on holdouts. His policy would run along the lines of "turn 'em in or we'll nuke you".

So Rep Swalwell, let me help you out here. If push comes to shove, all us gun owners will be gathered in one place to make your job easier. You'll find us all huddled in the basement, under our various state capitol domes. No need to check, just target the dome and you'll be fine.

You're welcome.

And they think we're violent?

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Another Shooting, Another Opportunity


Every Communist must grasp the truth, "Political power grows out of the barrel of a gun." Our principle is that the Party commands the gun, and the gun must never be allowed to command the Party. Yet, having guns, we can create Party organizations, as witness the powerful Party organizations which the Eighth Route Army has created in northern China. We can also create cadres, create schools, create culture, create mass movements. Everything in Yenan has been created by having guns. All things grow out of the barrel of a gun. According to the Marxist theory of the state, the army is the chief component of state power. Whoever wants to seize and retain state power must have a strong army. Some people ridicule us as advocates of the "omnipotence of war". Yes, we are advocates of the omnipotence of revolutionary war; that is good, not bad, it is Marxist. The guns of the Russian Communist Party created socialism. We shall create a democratic republic. Experience in the class struggle in the era of imperialism teaches us that it is only by the power of the gun that the working class and the labouring masses can defeat the armed bourgeoisie and landlords; in this sense we may say that only with guns can the whole world be transformed.Mao Tse-tung
November 6, 1938
So give the state a monopoly on the use of the gun, and the state, in the name of the "labouring (sic) masses and the working class" will use that to secure its monopoly in perpetuity.

Thursday, November 8, 2018

Cali Bar Shooting - New Gun Law

Cali will soon require that anyone planning a mass shooting must post their plans on Facebook or Twitter 10 days in advance of actually beginning to shoot. If the person is banned from the media for threatening Democrats, they will be assumed to be Republicans and no action will be taken. Dead snowflakes are useful when proposing additional gun laws. Dead conservatives not so much.

QOTD - Midterms

Found at Indy:

UPDATE: Iowahawk tweets, “Forget Libertarians, the Dead Pimps are the 3rd party that can actually win.” Heh, indeed.™
 Rest of the story here.

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

The Fun Never Ends

It seems that the election process in my county is not even close to over. As a background note, several of the county officers including the Sheriff and county clerk are Republicans whom everyone likes and were not considered in any danger of losing their jobs. The Dems had put in opposition candidates simply to avoid letting the officers go unopposed. Actual qualification for the job was considered less important than getting the box filled on the ballot.

During the counting process, a hose broke on the counting machine. Presumably an air hose, but this brought the process to a halt with some 40,000 ballots yet to be counted. As of right now, the placeholder candidates are in a tight race with the incumbent regulars with the Sheriff challenger actually leading by a very small amount. The first clue was probably an announcement from the Clerk that some 1500 unsigned ballots might well swing the election one way or the other.

These jobs, in this county, are not normally considered seriously at risk.

I just have visions of our clerk and recorder, down at the counting warehouse, frantically stroking a bicycle pump in an effort to get the counting machine back on line.

Coming Soon From Speaker Pelosi

Now that they have subpoena power, the Dems will surely be demanding a passport and complete academic records from President Trump.

Won't they?

Tuesday, November 6, 2018

How To Campaign

Or maybe how not to. Stacy Abrams is running for Governor in Georgia. After Mrs Abrams called for AW confiscation, the Black Panthers went out on parade carrying AK variants, the next poll shows her down 12 points.

Can't imagine how that could have happened. The GOP would do well to pay the Panthers to lead Donk parades in every city.

From the 11/5 Colorado RKBA newsletter I get:
Politics in Georgia: During a rally on Sunday, President Donald Trump warned Georgians, “If Stacey Abrams gets in [as governor], your Second Amendment is gone.” Trump made this statement the same day in which Stacey Abrams admitted that her gun control plans could require people to “turn their guns in.” She told CNN’s Jake Tapper that “AR-15s are not necessary on our streets” and called for more gun controls on “semiautomatic weapons” in general... (In the meantime, Black Panthers campaigning for Adams videoed themselves displaying a SCAR 17, a C39V2 [a Kalashnikov variant from Century Arms] and a Remington model 870 with a law enforcement folder [second link]. Adams may not have authorized this unorthodox get-out-the-vote demonstration but it's not uncommon with Progressives that sauce for the goose is not also deemed sauce for the gander.)
As of right this instant, Drudge shows the race at 48.8/50 in the Republican favor. 

Monday, November 5, 2018

Gun Sales - No Surprises So Far

Despite the anticipated takeover of the House by the Dems, there seems to be a strong undercurrent of belief that even if they do, the Senate will remain safely Red, and the president would veto anything overly egregious.
At this point I would predict the 2018 curve to follow the historical path and end the year in a 3-way tie with the December marks of 2012 and 2016, or possibly slightly below them.

If the Donks take the house, we can expect 2 more years without a Hearing Protection Act or National CCW Reciprocity. OTOH, with a deadlocked congress, we won't see much of anything else, like a budget.

Saturday, November 3, 2018

Nerdy? Moi?

Found the link to this on another fellows blog and being bored...


I am nerdier than 93% of all people. Are you a nerd? Click here to take the Nerd Test, get geeky images and jokes, and write on the nerd forum!

One of the questions was how nerdy I thought I might be. I guessed down mid-range which suggests that among the people I hang out with I probably am. It's just that the people I hang out with are pretty nerdy.

Click the graphic and try it yourself. There's a follow-up test that says I'm pretty good with science and math.