Thursday, January 14, 2016

To Watch... or Not To Watch?

Another GOP debate tonight.

It Should be a big one in shaping how Iowa turns out.

One of the candidates I like, Rand Paul, won't be on stage.

If you haven't heard all the "hullabaloo" the long story short is that he didn't have high enough polling numbers to make the cut. So, Fox Business Channel dropped him to the JV debate. A Des Moines Register poll that was conducted but not published prior to Fox Business' deadline would have given Paul enough polling power to be included on the main stage so he's boycotting the debate all-together.

His campaign is urging people not to watch at all tonight. As CNN mentions here, Paul is getting a ton of media coverage as a result.

I like the sentiment but hate that his libertarian voice won't be on-stage.

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Festivus for the Restivus

Probably my favorite Tweet of the day:

Tuesday, December 22, 2015


I can't stop laughing.

I mean, I'm not going to vote for the guy but come on.

This is pretty funny.
"She was going to beat Obama... how does it get worse? She was favored to win and she got schlonged. She lost," - Donald Trump in Grand Rapids, Michigan

I spent four years of my life living in a frat-house and grew up in football and hockey locker rooms. I never heard the term "schlonged" but I wish I had.

I could use it all the time now... and I think I will.

If using "schlonged" in everyday language is schlong, then I don't want to be right.

Thursday, December 17, 2015

Terror Watch List, Your Rights & Guns

A lot of people have been giving me a hard time lately.

You've probably heard about the vote in Washington in which Republicans opposed a measure that would have made folks on the terror watch list unable to purchase guns.

It sounds ridiculous that anyone would oppose it at face value, right? Why on Earth would we want to make it easy for a terrorist to buy a gun?

In the wake of the vote, it made for great, sensational headlines as well. I imagine these headlines drove clicks and people at the HuffPo made a ton of money. It sounds treasonous if you don't think about it.

Of course, the headline was typically followed by the left-wing response of, "The Republican politicians are putting the needs of the National Rifle Association in front of the American people again!"

Finally, today, I saw this story in my local paper that gives this story an entirely different flavor.

Photo credit: Saul Young / Knoxville News Sentinel
A local veterinarian by the name of Patrick Stephen Hackett is on the no-fly list. To his dismay, he shares a name with a famous terrorist from the Irish Republican Army (IRA). The IRA Hackett was jailed in the 1970's for planting bombs throughout the United Kingdom.

A photo proving Hackett doesn't
always wear Santa Hats.
The Hackett who lives in Tennessee, serves as President of the local humane society and enjoys the use of all his limbs. Unlike Hackett the terrorist who is missing both an arm and a leg.

His son attended the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs. When the younger Hackett left for school in 2004, his father applied for a pass that would have allowed him to go to the gate when his son departed.

He was denied.

After filing a grievance with the Transportation Security Administration, they gave him a letter of "duress" that he was to present whenever questioned. Sort of reminds me of Casablanca:

Still, Hackett the veterinarian has been denied access to airplanes on more than one occasion and was even held in a foreign jail. Today, he has no idea how to get his name off the list and because it's a "secret list", nobody at the TSA will answer questions media have posed about it. Because, you know, secret lists are the one thing American values, pre-teen girl clubs and college fraternities share.

Hackett reached out to John Duncan, Jr.'s office (local congressman) for help. The Congressman isn't a big fan of the list but so far, there hasn't been any help for Dr. Hackett.

"I would consider a gun ban for people on this list if I felt that it was limited to people who were truly terrorists," Duncan said in a statement. "Unfortunately, as the New York Times reported, the no-fly list has 'run amok' and is 'vastly overbroad.' Even the late (U.S. Sen.) Ted Kennedy ended up on a watch list in 2004. This effort to turn the no-fly list into a no-gun list is just a political gimmick that is being used by the far left to try to impose gun control on law-abiding Americans following (the recent mass shooting in) San Bernardino, (Calif.)."

I'm not an attorney but in my opinion, Hackett needs to file a lawsuit. His rights have been violated by the United States government in a way that is Unconstitutional.

So, if you're a gun owner and you're catching flak from friends (or even non-friends) here's proof that a government list isn't enough to fairly restrict any of your rights - no matter what they are. It used to be you were entitled to a fair trial in this nation, now you'll be detained at an airport in a foreign country because our security organization is too stupid to realize who has two arms and two legs and who doesn't.

Monday, December 14, 2015

Trump: Probably the Healthiest Candidate Ever.

This is fantastic stuff.

Donald Trump: Heart health better than expected. Must not embrace bacon like we thought.

So, Donald Trump's personal physician either talks just like the Republican Presidential candidate or he didn't actually write this and just signed off on it. From NPR:
"If elected, Mr. Trump, I can state unequivocally, will be the healthiest individual ever elected to the presidency," said Dr. Harold N. Bornstein, a gastroenterologist from Lenox Hill Hospital in New York.
I don't know why, I just find this to be hilarious. I guess a couple different things play into it.

1.) Did anybody out there really not vote for John McCain because of his age?

2.) How could any doctor possibly know the medical records of all president's dating back in history?

3.) Trump is so over the top... and I guess "true to his brand" that I should've expected something like this but didn't.

Oh, and of course, there's that whole "the doctor who Trump said wrote this report died in 2010" thing... 

Dead or alive, the hyperbole wasn't limited to just the summary from above. Dr. Bornstein signed off on quips such as:

  • "his [Trump's] blood pressure and laboratory results were astonishingly excellent"
  • "his [Trump's] physical strength and stamina are extraordinary"
  • "he has no history of ever using alcohol or tobacco products"
You've got to love politics and silliness, right? I hope Trump stays strong so we get more of this sort of thing muddying the waters for the next 11 months. (That's a sincere wish, btw. It's too good not to want more of it).

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Panic? What Panic? I'm not PANICKING!

Last week Wednesday (Decmber 2) I ordered a Sig Sauer P250.

The Sig Sauer P250 pistol

It'll be a Christmas gift for my Father in-law (we call him Markster). I know, I should have just bought him a gift card but he's a teacher so I trust his background and think he'll appreciate the "under the tree" pistol experience.

I thought I was being smart. Everything San Bernardino had just happened and there were signs this was going to spark an all-out holy war. Leading to an all out assault on our Constitutional rights... leading to a run on guns and ammo.

Well, I don't know what the entire country's sales look like (they're apparently way up in San Bernardino) but I just received notification from Bud's that my pistol is finally headed to their shipping department. I paid with a credit card, there should be near instantaneous processing time there and now, it's finally ready to get put in a box. If you pay with check you get a discount but the processing time generally takes a week while the check clears --- so I paid with a credit card this time thinking it would reduce the chance of me getting caught in with the "storm" of orders.

Is it normal for it to take a week? Bud's is the only place I've bought a gun from on the web before so I don't have a real basis for comparison. I know the AR-15 market has gone bonkers but is this indicative that things really are going crazy?

(For you non-gunnies that might stumble upon this - Bud's, nor any legally operating gun shop that operates online can ship you firearms directly. They will ship to a Federal Firearms Licensee who will then perform the background check and transfer ownership of the pistol).

Saturday, November 21, 2015

The R.I.P. Ammo Crew Is Back With Another Joke

Alright. I hate gimmicks and marketing-speak.

It drives me nuts and I think a lot of it is extremely short-sighted for a company to use --- credibility matters. (Weird, since marketing has such a bad rap usually and that's basically the day-job, right?)

Enter: G2 Research and their R.I.P. Ammo line-up.

You might remember, when their initial R.I.P. ammo was introduced, they called it the deadliest projectile ever made and other hyperbole of the like. Idiotic publications picked up on it and gave them a ton of publicity --- even though many of those publications had no idea what they were talking about.

Then, some guys with a bit of credibility like Shooting the Bull and others declared the rounds weren't what was promised and carried all the deadly power of a 22 lr round.

Heck, they even had to recall their 45 ACP rounds because they proved dangerous for Glock owners.

Now, the gun media is letting them do it again with a new round called "Civic Duty". Let's dump on some extra scare tactics with a double-shot of the hyperbole that gave them buzz their first-round.

G2's new ammo round, "Civic Duty"

Recoil Magazine: "The Civic Duty round is designed to stop a fight quickly and sometimes you must ask yourself: “Is my life worth two bucks a shot?”

They then run the portions of the G2 press release verbatim, which include ridiculous, two-sided claims like the following:
"The Civic Duty round is designed to function exceptionally well at lower velocities (.45 ACP) and at higher velocities (such as the 9mm at 1,230+ fps)."
So, in other words, it's designed to work exceptionally well at all velocities? You know, it's like a racing car that's designed to be especially fast and also designed to have especially large carrying capacity.

But the press release absurdity doesn't stop there. The company goes on to attack others in the self-defense space with an absurd claim that makes it sound like the idea of plugged hollow points is ground-breaking or something.
"Unlike conventional hollow point bullets – which may not expand reliably due to clothing filling up the hollow point, the Civic Duty will indeed reliably open up because of its peeling petal design."
Lucky Gunner did a bunch of hollow point ballistic tests and while several plugged when put through four layers of fabric - many rounds performed admirably.

One that didn't perform all that well well? You guessed it, G2's initial RIP rounds.

Look at the flaking that went on there. None of their "talons" or "wings" or whatever marketing speak they want to refer to it as stuck to the projectile. They flake off.

The expanded diameter of the RIP rounds was .36" according to those tests. That's .01" inch better than what I typically consider a sorry excuse for self defense ammunition, PMC's Gen 1 Starfire. (which, to its credit costs considerably less than G2's products).

Oh, and these latest "Civic Duty" rounds from G2... they retail at about $2/round. Because, you know, because hyperbole is more expensive than lead.

Pick your market G2. It's not me. It's the guy who just bout a gun and doesn't intend to ever shoot it.