Tuesday, October 31, 2006

ZombApocalypse Watch

Josh over at South Park Pundit is on watch for any signs of the mobile undead.

He has some significant pointers for those who need to configure their Zombie Apocalypse survival kits.

Sunday, October 29, 2006

Harold Ford Moron Candidate For Senate

The Tennessee Senate democratic candidate Harold Ford is romancing the neighbors shi tzu again.


This time the self proclaimed lawyer who never passed the bar exam, you know that test you have to pass to practice law, has denounced Australia as a potential nuclear threat to the United States.

Apparently the legal whiz has decided our long time ally in the Pacific, the ally which has stood by our side during World War II, the Korean Conflict, the Vietnam War, the current war against the jihadi whackjobs and the long simmering Cold War is now a threat to the U.S.A.

Harold Ford, a handsome 36-year-old from Tennessee, has become one of the sensations of the mid-term elections in the US and a reason why Democrats are a good chance of winning back control of the US Congress for the first time in 12 years.

But if Mr Ford, already a US congressman, wins his bid to become a more powerful senator, Australia had better watch out.

Because according to Mr Ford, Australia has an interest in nuclear weapons and is part of the broader nuclear threat to the US.

Luckily for the future of the nation and the self respect of those in Tennesse Hard Ford is trailing his opponent by up to five points in recent polling.

Hat Tips to Tim Blair and Instapundit.


Update:

Harold Ford must be very desperately trying to lose his run for a Tennessee Senate.

From the Bitch Girls

Harold Ford Wants to Raise Your Taxes

Because, let’s face it, his proposed 25 percent tax on Internet pornography would impact just about every reader here. Evil! (Link stolen from Glenn.)



Thursday, October 26, 2006

Tribute To Diggers

Australian forces have fought for freedom , liberty, to defend their nation and the Commonwealth in many wars.

The Diggers as they are affectionately known as, much like our Marines are referred to as Leathernecks or Devil Dogs (Teuful Heunden) and our Soldiers as Dog Faces or G.I.'s, have fought along side our forces in World War II, the Korean Conflict, the Vietnam War, countless "peace keeping" operations and now in Afghanistan.

Now a recording artist from Australia is taking a stand against those who tore down her posters as a protest against her morale boosting tour of Diggers in the War on Terror.

Black Five has her moving response.

Enjoy.

And to the Diggers serving the world over and their families my thanks for their sacrifices.

Monday, October 23, 2006

UK PoopSmith

Apparently there is a Poop Smith operating on the trains in the U.K.

Vandalizing property by smearing his excrement all over the train passenger cars.

Having seen this behavior, or rather the effect of this behavior, previously, I know how frustrating it can be.

I mean what type of individual would rather defecate upon the floor or on the surface of a toilet's exterior rather than into the bowl as proper?

What is going on in what passes for a brain for them?

What lack of self respect let alone respect for their society at large is at play?

Another fine argument for retroactive abortion.

Down Under BuyBack Failure

As we have seen across the world, whether it be the leftward leaning states like Massachussets, New York, California or New Jersey or Commonwealth countries, gun control in the form of restrictions even when a Buy Back program exists are an absolute failure.

The latest in a long list of failures for gun control is noted in Australia.

The report by two Australian academics, published in the British Journal of Criminology, said statistics gathered in the decade since Port Arthur showed gun deaths had been declining well before 1996 and the buyback of more than 600,000 mainly semi-automatic rifles and pump-action shotguns had made no difference in the rate of decline.

The only area where the package of Commonwealth and State laws, known as the National Firearms Agreement (NFA) may have had some impact was on the rate of suicide, but the study said the evidence was not clear and any reductions attributable to the new gun rules were slight.

"Homicide patterns (firearm and non-firearm) were not influenced by the NFA, the conclusion being that the gun buyback and restrictive legislative changes had no influence on firearm homicide in Australia," the study says
Australia had implemented draconian firearms restrictions in response to the Port Arthur Massacre where 35 were killed and 37 wounded by an insane man. Rather than taking the lessons learned as Texans did from the Luby Massacre , where 20 people were killed by a madman, and implement shall issue concealed carry permits, the Australians government banned pump shotguns, semi automatic shotguns and rifles and later many handguns.

Rather than acting to stop the madmen among us effectively by allowing law abiding citizens to be armed, Australia acted to remove access to all reasonably effective weapons.

The inescapable logic of , "if you criminalize the ownership of firearms only criminals will have them" is really driven home by statistics noted:
Politicians had assumed tighter gun laws would cut off the supply of guns to would-be criminals and that homicide rates would fall as a result, the study said. But more than 90 per cent of firearms used to commit homicide were not registered, their users were not licensed and they had been unaffected by the firearms agreement.
What did they obtain with this surrender of their right to self defense?

They received increasing property rates of crimes like burglary and violent assaults against individuals since criminals no longer feared an armed response.

This is why it is important to keep pushing back against the infringements made against our 2nd Amendment rights; once the socialist nanny staters gains a toe hold they will proceed to crack away at all other remaining rights regardless of the fallacious nature of the premises upon which their ill considered plans are made.

Hat tip to Instapundit.

Sunday, October 22, 2006

Upgrading The Smoking Lounge

My heterosexual life partner decided that our smoking lounge, also referred to as the back patio, needed to be upgraded.

With the addition of porcelain tile the appearance of the smoking lounge was brought up a notch.

To enhance the year long comfort of our patio we purchased a new patio heater.

Previously we had used a table top patio heater which made about a 15 degree difference in the temperature in a 3' radius.



When you had guests over on holidays this was barely adequate to cover people.

Previously at a restaurant I had noted the Bernzomatic, a patio heater with the elements heating around the circumfrence of the unit rather than from the top down as seen in our table top model and other patio heaters.



This will it to keep my heterosexual life partner warmer from head to toe rather than literally a hot head and cold feet as seen with the patio heaters that have their elements at the top.

There are only two issues with the Bernzomatic. This first concern is that it will use more propane which is not a big deal as it will produce much more heat.

The second issue is that it will bear watching due to its uncanny resemblance to a Dalek.

Friday, October 20, 2006

Not All Bad News For France

Someone in France's government is paying attention to the long term survival of the Franks; France is heavily subsidizing reproduction of those ethnically French.

Unlike the rest of Europe which is looking forward to a population crash later this century as decades of below replacement level reproduction force impact the workforce and fisc, France is planning on maintaining their population.

It is also possible that France is looking to forestall the change in culture that the reduction of the ethnically French population to a minority would have.

If there is anything the French can be counted on doing is stubbornly maintaining their differences from the rest of the world.

Perhaps there is yet a glimmer of hope for France's future.

For the rest of Europe I am not so certain.

Hat tip Instapundit.

For more see Austin Bay.

Thursday, October 19, 2006

Beer Guide

Josh over at Southparkpundit.com has a primer for those not as yet clued in on beer types.

While an admitted fan of the over the top hopped IPA the other beer types are good to try if only to find out how truly satisfying a strong IPA is.

Stupid Cop Tricks

Apparently another brave defender of the public trust defended himself from a viscious attacker by shooting her while she posed no threat to him.

A judge has rejected the self-defense claims of a state police trooper who fatally shot a motorist forced off the road. The decision keeps a lawsuit by the driver's family on track for a trial sometime next year. An assistant Michigan attorney general asked Lenawee County Circuit Judge Timothy Pickard to dismiss a lawsuit brought by the family of Jesalynn Simons. The 18-year-old died a day after being shot in the leg by trooper David Rivard.

Pickard watched a patrol-car video of the December eleventh, 2003 incident. He said he saw Rivard shooting through the passenger-door window as the car backed up.

Rivard has testified he shot in self-defense after Simons backed into another patrol car and drove toward him.


For those in my home town this will be quite familiar.

Dan Lovelace then a Chandler police officer shot and killed a woman who tried to get away after attempting to get a fake prescription filled.

Standing at the driver window disgraced Officer Lovelace fired as the woman tried to drive off.

At no time was he in danger from the vehicle since cars don't drive sideways.

Lovelace shot anyway. Striking the woman in the back. Luckily missing the toddler in the child seat next to the drug addict mother.

Police are given wide lattitude and leniency when it comes to excercising the trust placed in them. However this trust should also come with as much accountability as it does leniency. I would encourage officers to patrol their ranks as zealously as they perform their other duties and remove those who are unfit before they damage their own standing in the eyes of the public.

Closing In On Space Navy

As exploration pushed the boundaries of human understanding enterprising souls found ways to make a profit from the new discoveries. Whether it be by trade, shipping, mining ores or providing services to those that do, humans have found a way to profit by it.

As these profits and interests amount competitors and even non state actors (pirates/terrorists) have taken the opportunity to abscond with the fruit of other's capital and labor.

This naturally has brought about a nation's protective element; its Navy. Maintaining commerce through safeguarding the Sea Lanes of Communication, providing a safe environment for a nation's business is a Navy's job. Even small nations have a fleet if for nothing else to run off those illicitly commercially fishing inside their territorial waters.

Now our exploration and commerce is taking us away from our home and beyond the atmoshpere. Already much of our communication infrastructure floats miles beyond the clouds.

Soon we will have tourists exploring where only multi billion dollar government programs have been. This will lead to other trade. And inevitably in mankind we will begin to compete for control of the ultimate high ground.

In order to be ready for this contested ground our interests will have to be protected. How far are we from this becoming a reality?

In recent notes we have seen the on going development of more efficient drive systems for use in our solar system.

Also we have seen plans for powering space based vessels.

Now we see that a cloaking device used to mask radio emissions/radar signature has been created.

We have rail guns in labs and more in development.

How much work would it take to create missile systems for space based ship to ship and, heaven forbid their use, ship to planetary targets?

Notably a warhead would be superfluous provided the projectile itself was moving fast enough.

Obviously the greatest expense would be development of orbital infrastructure and pushing supplies and materials out of the planetary gravity well.

That all being said, are we within fifty years of our first frigates operating in the cold of space?

I honestly have no informed idea of how long it will be until our financial stake in the heavens above us becomes significant enough or competition fierce enough to need protection.

Update:

A link to an USAF report on space defense and a spirited debate at Slashdot.

Hat Tip to DefenseTech

Tuesday, October 17, 2006

Pick Up The White Courtesy Clue Bat

John Tabin's article in the Spectator shows he understands current firearms regulation far better than those who would attempt to ban our ownership of all means of self defense.

The AK-47s that you can buy at the average gun store are semiautomatic rifles; you only get one shot per trigger-pull. How did the assault weapons ban that was in effect from 1994 to 2004 affect the availability of these? It didn't, in any meaningful sense. The differences between the rifles that were legal before the ban, during the ban, and now are entirely cosmetic.


FEIT'S SILLY COLUMN WOULDN'T BE quite so remarkable if not for how it came to my attention, through an approving link from Andrew Sullivan. Sullivan is ubiquitous these days, promoting a book entitled The Conservative Soul: How We Lost It, How to Get It Back. His comment on Feit's column: "As Jon Stewart said of John McCain, Giuliani has turned his straight talk express into a bus to bulls**t-town."


The only thing left out of the article is the absence of any legally owned fully automatic weapon being used in a crime by a private citizen. The only instance known of the criminal misuse of a fully automatic weapon was a police officer who killed his wife.


With the clue bat apparently out of the closet and dusted off for use perhaps our beautiful country will move beyond its hoplophobia and begin the rollback of the Gun Control Acts of 1986 and 1968.

Hat Tip to PoliPundit

Sunday, October 15, 2006

300

Victor David Hanson has an interesting take on Frank Miller's 300, a movie bringing to life his graphic novel telling the tale of Leonidas leading 300 Spartans at Thermopylae against the many thousands strong Persian army.

This is a must see movie.

Now someone needs to tell the tale of Charles Martel leading the Franks against Abdul Rahman's invading army.

Saturday, October 14, 2006

Stratford, CT Mayor Packs Heat

The Mayor of Stratford, CT carries a firearm.

Apparently legally excercising the right to protect one's self is news to the MSM.

Having been to Stratford, CT I must say that carrying a firearm is an eminently wise idea.

Friday, October 13, 2006

Washing Away The Week

Its Friday and time for a little relaxation.

This week has been a bit funkadelic.

Working a normal workday and then coordinating efforts at night for hours length conference calls in the night time.

I ended the last of them an hour ago.

I can now have that beer to wash things away.

I must say I was pleasantly surprised by the presence of Reaper Ale's Sleighor Double IPA at my local wine, liquor and beer purveyor.


A very smooth effort at IPA missing some of the barbaric intensity of Hopping that I normally prefer, however extraordinary in execution of its target taste.

A very pleasant way to ease the week's drain upon my emotional reserves.

On a lighter note I also partook of New Belgium Brewing's Blue Paddle Ale. A beer I had purchased at Costco at a great price (or so I thought at the time) of $20 a case.

Rather than tasting like a Czech pilsner this beer tasted like a pale imitaton of the craft brewer's art as if imitating a mass produced beer like Bud Lite was a goal to be achieved rather than unenviable fate to be avoided.

Update:

Today's tobacco accompaniement was the ever satisfying La Gloria Cubana Series R #6 Maduro.

Tuesday, October 10, 2006

Next Rifle Condundrum

One of the thornier problems firearms owners have to deal with is which firearm to get next.

This question has puzzled many of my fellow firearms enthusiasts.

How do you decide what to get next?

Should I purchase a rifle in a caliber I already have on hand?

For now let's presume the answer is yes.

That would mean a rifle in 7.62x51mm, 7.62x39mm or 7.62x54R.

So that means one of the following:

SKS; A great truck or trunk rifle, solid stopping power and a spouse pleasing inexpensive price tag.

Kalashnikov copy; those Yugo folders sure do look nice and would give my wife and I a His and Hers. That I could have the AK with decent red dot sight for the price of two of the other rifles competing for a space in my home is a very big plus.

Dragunov copy; there are now some Romanian dragunovs in available for a price not too much higher than the average AK copy and about what another FAL build. Ammunition is cheap and widely available unlike during the 1970s when my father had a rifle in that caliber.

pic stolen shamelessly from headsbunker.com

FAL; another metric build, downside is the availability of upper receivers currently and then build time for a gunsmith. This is a design I am familiar and a 16" carbine sure would look nice along with the rifle I have currently. image shamelessly stolen from DefenseReview.com
This is a dillema which I will have to spend some time pondering.

Of course I could always go with the thought that I have .30 caliber well covered at this point and should branch out into 5.56x45mm?

Ammo is affordable for the AR series of rifles and a local shop has a stunning deal on an M-4gery. But then I would have to purchase more magazines, ammunition, relearn the quirks of the AR/m16 series, etc.




Choices, Choices.

Input on this one is welcome.

Saturday, October 07, 2006

Gun Control Laws Artificially Inflating Prices

Living in the United States of America we have things better than most countries.

I know this.

This does not mean there is not room for improvement.

By improvement I mean removing government restrictions on what people purchase, spend their time on, etc.

Activist government and its bureaucracy decide what is good for us and steer us (pun intended) towards these choices through regulation and taxation.

Examples of this are abundant however some easy ones are tobacco products and alcohol to name but two.

How prices are artificially inflated is easy to see in today example the CZ vz58.



Those who now me know I am a fan of the products from the Czech Republic including of course their fine firearms and beer.

One of the firearms I would like to own but am unable to due to government restrictions is the Vz 58.

While Ohio Ordinance Works makes a semi-automatic version of the Vz 58 built on imported kits from the Czech Republic the cost is $1250 fully thrice that of a good to excellent Kalashnikov copy also in semi-automatic configuration.

Compare this to our brethren in Canada, a nation known for its liberal (read socialist) policies, where the Czech produced semi-automatic version of the VZ 58 is available for $585 Canadian.

This is due the restrictions placed upon us by a RINO president by executive fiat in 1989.

While I know that I can purchase many similar firearms for my collection and Homeland defense needs it exasperates me that models of identical function (semi-automatic gas operation) are prohibited based solely upon a fiat that precludes foreign manufacture forcing costly alterations be made state-side to accomodate same.

I want to see these arbitrary and nonsensical rules to disappear and judging by the advancement of the 2nd Amendment liberties back into the consciousness of my fellow Americans there may come a day when government no longer tries to bully, cajole or steer the public, or at least not as blatantly, as it currently does with its policies.

On that happy day I will purchase a rifle like this young lady has from the freedom loving home of the Velvet Revolution.



My thanks to Kim DuToit reminding me of my desire for another fine product of the Czech Republic.

My thanks also goes out to Ohio Ordinance Works and all those who turn unwanted, surplus rifles back into the implements used to defend life, liberty and the pursuit of happines.

Previous rants of a similar theme:

The Wonders of the Czech Republic

Example of Gun Control Artificially Driving Up Prices