Monday, April 23, 2012

NFA, or not

Cabela's: BMF Activator
An interesting exercise in rules-lawyering that lets you have an almost-machine-gun without a tax stamp. Might make that belt-feed conversion for an AR-15 more interesting.

Saturday, April 14, 2012

Hearing, safely

One of the things I'm a bit more careful of these days is my hearing. While I suppose I don't technically need hearing protection when I'm mowing my lawn, as I use an electric mower - the loudest thing on it is the blade, I have started to wear ear protectors when using it. After all, hearing never recovers from loss.

Anyway, I started using my electric ears when mowing, mainly because they have a line-in jack, so I can run some tunes out of my phone to listen to. But I also realized that by doing so I'm keeping up a little better situational awareness. These are decent ears, they don't cut out entirely when the nose crosses the threshold, but merely cut the top off the amplitude. So I can still hear the neighborhood noises, at least some of what comes in over the mower noise.

Yes, I wear my shooting glasses too, but I was wearing eye protection to run lawnmowers well before I got into shooting. I have excellent eyesight, and it'd be a shame to lose that to a preventable incident.

Friday, April 6, 2012

Voting time

Another case of “He write it so I can link to it instead of flailing about here.” RTWT over at Anarchangel’s. If you don’t; at least read the summary below

Boiled down to:

The president as an individual has very little direct power over domestic issues as I said; but these four elements give the president, and his party (the party tends to provide or at least strongly influence the candidates and final decisions for each of these posts, as well as for the interpretation of executive powers) ENORMOUS power to screw the country up.
Remember, lots of people said the exact same things they're saying now about Romney, about Bush the Elder back in '92 (and frequently they voted for Perot as a protest), and Bob Dole in '96 (Dole was a deliberate sacrificial lamb in that election anyway); and so we got 8 years of the Clinton adminstration reshaping the federal administrative and judicial regimes.
We are now, almost twenty years later, STILL dealing with the problems caused by Clinton appointees, and particularly with how the Clinton administration ran the DOD, ATF, FBI, and CIA.
We'll be cleaning out Obama appointees for years as it is; we can't afford to give him the chance to screw things up even more.
Honestly, the last ten lines of this post should be enough of a reason for any conservative or libertarian to vote Obama out...

  • DC v. Heller was decided 5-4
  • McDonald v. Chicago was decided 5-4
  • Supreme court justices are a lifetime appointment
  • Antonin Scalia is almost 76 and will be 80 years old by 2016
  • Anthony Kennedy is almost 76 and will be 80 years old by 2016
  • Stephen Breyer is almost 74 and will be 78 years old by 2016
  • Ruth Bader Ginsburg is almost 79 and will be 83 years old by 2016
  • The mean life expectancy for men in the United States is 76 (for women it's 80)
  • All four of the negative votes for those two decisions above were from liberal justices
  • Obama has already appointed two horrifically bad liberal justices, both under 60

Car Bleg

Collecting opinions of Nissan Altimas of the last decade – particularly the hybrid, and not of the manual trannie (as the primary driver doesn’t do stick-and-pedal).