On hiatus for now.

Posted: March 28, 2011 in Uncategorized

Battling the forces of darkness is a full-time job.

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If you own any other type of handgun (besides a Glock), you probably get real tired of hearing the fanboys defending how “safe” a Glock is, despite the number of accidental discharges that have been documented while reholstering.  This is so common as to have spawned it’s own slang term: “Glock Leg“.

This picture below is a Springfield Armory XD45c. (“There are many like it, but this one is mine…”)

Gripping it like shown prevents accidental “snagged trigger” discharges while reholstering. Period.

The sear CAN NOT be made to drop (which releases the firing pin) if the grip safety is not depressed. Even with pressure applied (via a tool) directly to the sear.

On the flip side, I’m not able to envision a way I could grab hold of the gun to fire it in haste that I would not depress the lightly-sprung grip safety. It is an “automatic” (passive) effect of holding the gun in firing position.

It has one moving part, and one pivot point, resembling a “see-saw” whose far end fits under the sear to prevent it from moving down. I imagine it is possible that some grit could get under the “grip” end of the see-saw and jam it. However, the size of the holes leading into the mechanism seems to prevent anything large enough to jam the gun from getting in there. (But I dunno…  Could happen, I guess.)

I also carry a Kel-Tec P11, which has no safeties at all. It however, has a LOOOOOOOONG, HEAVY trigger that makes it unlikely to ever get pulled by accident. It is a pure CCW, not a range gun. It is not fun, or pleasant to shoot, because of the very trigger that makes it safe to carry as a loaded CCW.

Glocks are still great guns, and there are many positive reasons to own one.  However, the way the fan boys attack everything “non-Glock”, including a feature that makes a lot of sense, is appalling.

If I was going to carry a Glock as a CCW sidearm, I would probably want a heavier trigger bar installed. That would detract from it’s use as a range gun, but would enhance it’s CCW safety.

I pay for car insurance, even though I’ve never had an accident. I have fire extinguishers, even though I’ve never had a fire. I chose the XD over the Glock for CCW use due to the “just in case” factor.

All the gun forum cliches about “finger off the trigger” and “your brain is the safety” disregard the reality of human frailty.

No one plans to have a brain fart, but just in case, the grip safety prevents it from becoming a tragedy.  The XD has an added automatic layer of CCW safety, without diminishing it’s trigger feel one bit.

That’s my comfort level when carrying a CCW gun “+1”.  YMMV.

[ASBESTOS SUIT: ON]

Rented Mouthpiece“It is clear to all Great Americans that this employee-exploiting, sweatshop-promoting, corporation has no regard for society, and serves no purpose other than arming terrorists to wreak havoc upon the innocent children, and selfless politicians, of the Great Republic we hold so dear.”

“Therefore, along with the recent bills calling for the ban of high-capacity “clips”, Euro-terrorist plastic handguns, and the bill making it a federal felony for any private citizen to posses a weapon within 1000 feet of an elected official, I ask the members of this august body to join me in supporting my bill that will, once and for all, end the scourge that these multi-state retail Cartels of Death pose to the citizens of this Great Nation.”

“Further, I invite all members to join me at noon (in the Lenin Conference Room) for a “Lunch-and-Learn” seminar to help them understand the challenges that lie ahead for us. Representatives of various peace-loving worker’s organizations will also be available to answer your questions and validate your campaign-contribution vouchers.”

“Thank you Madam Speaker, I now yield the remainder of my time for an acappella rendition of God Bless America, sung by the Dixie Chicks…”

Rhetoric is the real weapon.

 

Like anyone, I am appalled by the senseless tragedy in Arizona that was perpetrated by a mentally-disturbed shooter.  Even more appalling, is how quickly this has led to partisan sniping as all sides seek to gather political capitol from the still-warm bodies of unarmed civilians.

“Sarah Palin is to blame”.  “Limbaugh,  Hannity, and Beck created this!”  “He’s a right-wing TEA-bagger!!!”, “No, he’s actually a left-wing pothead!!!” come the venomous cross-complaints.  It is a disgrace how many people are politically exploiting this.

He may be all of these, but at root he is a schizophrenic.  Watch any of the YouTube videos he produced and you will see the flight of ideas, delusions of reference, and word salad of a classic schizophrenic lurking there.

As a responsible gun owner, I am appalled that this incident (especially since it occurred to a politician) will fuel a new round of gun control reactionary frenzy.  The shooter used a very popular firearm, common ammo, and large magazines that he legally purchased.  This opens the door to more well-intentioned, but ultimately ineffective laws that restrict the 99.99% of gun owners who are NOT insane.

Other than an (unlikely) complete and total ban on the private ownership of firearms, there is no real way to prevent this type of activity from ever happening in a free society.  Even in societies with such restrictions, the committed assassin simply moves to explosives, inflammable liquids, or (even archery) to prevail.  A few years ago a motorist intentionally ran down pedestrians at the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill in his SUV because he could not legally purchase a gunAnything is dangerous in the wrong hands.

Gun restrictions just don’t work, time and time again.  Germany has super-tight restrictions on gun ownership, and has far less guns per capita, yet they show up frequently in the mass school shooting chronology.  Austrailia restricted gun ownership after a shooting spree in 1996 that left 35 dead.  (Years later, violent crime has risen sharply.)

In our own country, the District of Columbia, another region with a firearms ban, has been the historical leader in murders, yet by 2009 (a year after gun DC’s draconian gun laws were struck down by the Supreme Court) violent crime had plunged to HALF it’s level during the 1993 “Peak Nanny State” years! (The reported murder rate in DC during 2010 was down yet another 9%.)

A balanced sense of perspective is essential before we lose our minds in fearful legislation.  (I’m not counting on this to happen in a society where more people can tell you the names of the latest American Idol contestants than the names of three Supreme Court Justices.)

More people died in Chicago (1982) from tainted Tylenol than died in Arizona (2011).  While not minimizing those lost to evil intent, no one rationally calls for the removal of acetaminophen from society.  The benefits of responsible use exceeds the risk, even though many people attempt to kill themselves with it, and small children overdose on it frequently (if not daily).

But, being a student of history, (if you choose to speculate in the free market) I believe now is a good time to start stockpiling high-capacity magazines and ammunition.  Just like the 1994 Clinton gun grab, once this train leaves the station it will only pick up speed. [Sigh]

The American people are not being told the truth.  Here are 20 truths about globalization:

#1 American workers are being merged into a global labor pool where they must directly compete for jobs with workers on the other side of the globe that make less than ten percent of what an average American worker makes. In such an environment, it is inevitable that jobs are going to flow away from areas where labor is expensive and to areas where labor is cheaper.

#2 Globalization has caused the U.S. trade deficit to absolutely explode. In 1985, the U.S. trade deficit with China was 6 million dollars for the entire year. In the month of August alone, the U.S. trade deficit with China was over 28 billion dollars.

#3 Today, the United States spends approximately $3.90 on Chinese goods for every $1 that China spends on goods from the United States. This represents a massive transfer of wealth from the American people to China.

The more we print, the less it's value.

#4 According to a new study conducted by the Economic Policy Institute, if the U.S. trade deficit with China continues to increase at its current rate, the U.S. economy will lose over half a million jobs this year alone.

#5 The United States has lost approximately 42,400 factories since 2001.

#6 The United States has lost a staggering 32 percent of its manufacturing jobs since the year 2000.

#7 Even high technology industries are leaving America. Manufacturing employment in the U.S. computer industry is actually lower in 2010 than it was in 1975.

#8 In 1959, manufacturing represented 28 percent of all U.S. economic output. In 2008, it represented only 11.5 percent.

#9 As of the end of 2009, less than 12 million Americans worked in manufacturing. The last time that less than 12 million Americans were employed in manufacturing was in 1941.

#10 With so much manufacturing leaving the United States, is it any wonder why people can’t find jobs? The “official” unemployment rate in the United States has been at nine and a half percent or above for 14 consecutive months.

#11 Today, there are at least 1.5 million “99ers” – those Americans that have completely exhausted all 99 weeks of unemployment benefits and that still do not have jobs.

#12 Our dependence on foreign oil also represents an absolutely shocking transfer of wealth from the American people to the oil exporters of the Middle East. Back in 1980, the United States imported approximately 37 percent of the oil that we use. Now we import nearly 60 percent of the oil that we use.

#13 Energy imports account for about approximately one-fourth of the U.S. trade deficit.

#14 In states such as Mississippi, people spend approximately 6.35 percent of their incomes just on gasoline, according to a recent report by the National Resources Defense Council.

#15 Americans end up paying to support American workers one way or another. Either they buy American-made products and services that provide jobs for American workers, or they pay to support unemployed American workers on welfare. Today, over 42 million Americans are on food stamps. A record number of Americans are receiving long-term unemployment benefits. One way or another, Americans are going to pay to take care of American workers.

#16 The U.S. trade deficit is running about 40 or 50 billion dollars a month in 2010. The United States spends 40 to 50 billion more on goods and services from the rest of the world each month than they spend on goods and services from us. That means that by the end of the year, approximately half a trillion dollars (or more) of our wealth will have left the United States for good.

Your job is our main export.

#17 All of this wealth leaving the United States is having a huge impact on the standard of living of average Americans. Ten years ago, the United States was ranked number one in average wealth per adult. In 2010, the United States has fallen to seventh.

#18 It is now just a matter of time until India is going to pass us as an economic power. In fact, the economy of India is projected to become larger than the U.S. economy by the year 2050.

#19 It is now being projected that China will soon dwarf us as an economic power. One prominent economist now says that the Chinese economy will be three times larger than the U.S. economy by the year 2040. According to one study, China could become the global leader in patent filings by next year.

#20 China has been accumulating a gigantic mountain of dollars from all of the wealth we have been sending them, and they have been lending massive amounts of money back to us. Over the past few decades, the communist Chinese have accumulated approximately $2.5 trillion in foreign currency reserves.

The U.S. government now owes them close to 900 billion dollars.

We constantly have to send top government officials over there to beg them to continue to lend us money. This is a direct threat not only to our financial system, but also to our national security.

So, in light of all of those facts, can anyone out there possibly defend a position that globalization is good and that we should be happy that we are being merged into a one world economy?

Sadly, there are very, very few politicians in either major political party that will even talk about the negative effects of the emerging one world economy. It is almost as if there is an unspoken consensus that globalism is the future and that it is a good thing for America.  But it is not a good thing for America. Unless fundamental changes are made, America will continue to bleed wealth, will continue to bleed factories and will continue to bleed jobs.

Detroit: canary in the economic coalmine.

The American people need to wake up and starting saying “NO” to globalization. If we continue to vote for politicians that support merging our economy with economies that allow workers to be paid slave labor wages, then we are going to see even more waves of horrific unemployment and we will continue to see the standard of living of middle class Americans diminish.

This is not a drill. America is being deindustrialized. The greatest economic machine in the history of the world is being dismantled.

Eventually, all of our cities are going to end up looking like Detroit if we allow this to continue.

Thank you Baby Boomers.

Posted: November 8, 2010 in The End is Near

Look at the second column (billions your government will borrow next year) and compare it to the TOTAL of all the other nations listed (except Japan).

(Source: blogs.wsj.com 11/06/2010)

Borrowing now accounts for 30% of GDP, taxes account for another 30% of GDP meaning the government now spends 60¢ of every dollar we earn.

Now look at your 401k plan and plans to collect Social Security.  Now back at the chart.

Now look at your income tax form.  Now back at the chart.

In my hand I’m holding your tickets to the poor house, without the things you love.

Sadly, your taxes WON’T be going down, but your government services WILL, no matter which party is in power due to a generation of government irresponsibility.  

I’m on a horse.

This interesting tidbit was in the January 2010 issue of Australian Shooter magazine:

“If you consider that there has been an average of 160,000 troops in the Iraq theater of operations during the past 22 months, and a total of 2,112 deaths, that gives a firearm death rate of 60 per 100,000 soldiers.

The firearm death rate in Washington, DC is 80.6 per 100,000 for the same period.

That means you are about 25% more likely to be shot and killed in the U.S. capital, which has some of the strictest gun control laws in the US, than you are serving in the military in Iraq.”

Possible conclusion: Maybe the U.S. should pull out of Washington!