Month: October 2010

Headline On Target

Give it to Drudge. He can do headlines that condense the proper feeling. Maybe they are doing a duet of Pagliacci.

Ridi, Pagliaccio, sul tuo amore infranto,
ridi del duol che t’avvelena il cor!

(Laugh loud, Pagliaccio, forget all of your troubles,
Laugh off the pain that so empoisons your heart. )

A bit too little too late. After Tuesday, Act One of this La Commedia è finita! Then again they will have material for the next 2 years when we enact the end of Act Two.

Guilty by not associating? (No politics)

So, What else would you like to shoot?  How many disciplines are you involved in or do you just shoot one? Or none? Do you feel guilty about not shooting more in some sort of organized gun sport? I am hoping I am not the only one with these thoughts.

I shoot IDPA and I love it. It is not boring like your standard static range practice and I get to hang out with other shooters who gossip, argue, discuss and generally BS about everything from politics to guns to the importance of the proper amount of fresh basil in a good pasta sauce. Cowboy Action Shooting does not have an attraction to me, probably because I was not raised in the U.S. culture and awe of the cowboys. IPSC also does not interest me, mostly because they spend more time running around than shooting and I always hated running, even when I played soccer which is why I chose to be a goalkeeper. Tactical Carbine? Ambivalent so far; I like a good AK going bang but the only serious place and time which I could enjoy and learn more, conflicts with work and I can’t ever make it. Also the Carbine Crowds are going way too gear slut and if you don’t have the applicable cool M4 platform approved by, gearwear or approved (for that week) Gucciflage, you ain’t spit in some people’s eyes. Also the most of the training available is concentrated on clearing villages in Afghanistan and not how to defend my property after the latest Hurricane has rendered my local police services overwhelmed. Yes, I like my local defensive tactics up and including the inevitable Zombie invasion. 🙂

So i guess I feel a bit guilty for not shooting more. So what am I itching for? Shotguns and Rifles, the bolt action kind. I definitely want a .22LR and maybe a 270. Not a whole lotta recoil in either and will do the job of keeping me busy and happy.

I do want to take some self defense shotgun classes. The red flying frisbees just don’t do it for me. Maybe if we are lucky, IDPA will polish the rules for Multi Gun before the next presidential elections and make it so people can actually feel they are shooting IDPA with long guns and not that they have to buy a Wilson Combat’s® Scattergun Technologies puppy in order to compete. Yes, we want to use red dots with our shotties and also please get the scoring figured out ’cause even the Devil is confused.

I am having troubles swallowing horse puckey.

I listen to the podcast of this famous gun personality I’ll call Mr. Radio Show more or less every week. Lately he has been a bit miffed about the NRA and the old “NRA endorsing Harry Reid” and some other stuff that I think it makes him a bit contradictory. So far I heard him pontificate about how the Second Amendment is not a Liberal v Conservative or Republican V. Democrat thing but then go on a rant that no vote should go to the Democrats on this election or that he understands that the NRA is a single issue organization but then complain a bit about the NRA not keeping an eye on other stuff.

The last show was specially dumbfounding. The first part of the show was all dedicated to Gun Safety, the Four Rules and how they must be respected at all times. Then there was the issue about the CNBC report on the Remington 700 accidentally discharging with the safety engaged while clambering a round. On one hand, Mr. Radio Show said he doesn’t know much about it yet he invited Remington to appear in the show which they declined (and by the dismissive tone of voice he was a tad upset about it) and then, to my amazement, he confesses that he’s been shooting the 700 for some 40 years. I don’t hunt, I am not in the “Biz” as he is and I have heard about this issue, yet somehow this CNBC report that has been beating the interwebs for over a week somewhat escapade him alongside the alleged defect itself.

The cherry on top was a caller who confirmed the problem. It had happened to him THREE TIMES but Mr. Radio Show did not even bat a radio eye. OK folks, I can buy having the AD the first time because you are not expecting it, but if it happens a second time, I am boxing that sucker and sending it straight to Remington with a rather impolite note. But our caller had a third one and Mr. Radio Show, who had spent some time on GUN SAFETY earlier, did not even had a comment about the sheer idiocy of screwing with a defective rifle three times. And he is not shy about dressing down somebody in the air as he has done that before and very politely. Why he missed the opportunity of such a teaching moment baffles me.

Mr. Radio Show  should go back to basics and leave the politics and the ego aside a bit. Maybe things will go back to normal after next Tuesday.

Facepalm News: Safe Execution Drug?

Get this. A federal judge in Phoenix, the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals and four Supreme Court Judges raised questions about the safety of sodium thiopental for the execution of one Jeffrey Landrigan . Not that it will cause him undue pain or it will take long time to toast his bagel. No, they wondered if it is safe?

I beg your frigging pardon? You guys are afraid it might kill the convict?


Elections 2010: In case you are wondering.

How come I have not written some deeply inquisitive and/or reflective post.

  1. By now I am sure most everybody is sick to death of all the commercials, PSAs, commentaries, etc. I know I am. I am to the point that I rather be subjected to a Tele Tubbies Marathon that watch one more ad where one side tells me the other candidate used to work for Satan and sacrifices kittens and puppies every midnight.
  2. Who is not aware of that we are having an election? If you are just finding out, please return to your bunker or cave or crack pipe. You are an idiot undeserving of the right to vote.
  3. I am doing early voting this coming Friday and my list of candidates and choices is already made. I took careful consideration and made up my mind, but I am not trying to make up yours. You are a grown ass person, do the job yourself. We have this thing called the Internet where you can find all kinds of info.
  4. I don’t wanna engage in a discussion with idiots that have been handed the absolute truth by his/her organization/God/goat entrails and their version of oracle will happen to disagree with my choices.
  5. Yes, the Second Amendment will weigh heavily on the way I vote and no, your “No Compromise” candidate will deliver squat when the chips are down. Clowns do not direct the circus.
  6. I am feeling ornery.

That is all. And please, stop stuffing my mailbox with mailers saying that proposition Zero Alpha will bring certain death to the rights of Purple-Left Handed-Iberic-American Flying Snails of some remote neighborhood in the Arctic.