Archive for October, 2007

What’s Better Than Having One 10mm Pistol?

October 20, 2007

Having TWO 10mm pistols, of course!
So, to that end, a few weeks ago I asked my friendly local FFL to get on finding me a Dan Wesson Razorback, the company’s famed 10mm 1911. I’ve heard many good things about the Dan Wesson pistols since CZ bought them out a couple of years ago, namely that they’re pretty much the best 1911s on the market for the prices they fetch — more or less a custom pistol for an assembly-line price, with fewer MIM (metal-injection-molded) parts than just about any 1911 manufacturer save for the higher-end makers like Wilson, Baer and Nighthawk. For a long time I was under the impression that CZ/Dan Wesson was like Kimber in that they only dealt through a master dealer network and not through the distributors like Davidson’s and Lipsey’s. There was only one CZ stocking dealer around here, Shooters Supply, and of course it closed earlier this year. The next closest CZ stocking dealer was Carters Country in Houston. I thought I’d have to go there to get the Razorback, but as it turned out, of course, I was finally able to get it through my normal FFL. So I went and picked her up yesterday afternoon and last night sat down and stripped her down and cleaned her with BreakFree CLP. The fit and finish on that gun is absolutely impeccable, and the trigger breaks like glass. So far I’d say it’s every bit the equal of the Kimber, far from being some second- or third-rate “knockoff” (and I have a feeling my old friend who made that comment will agree once he sees her). She’s getting her first test drive today, with 100 rounds of Remington UMC; I thought I’d replenish my brass supply a little bit. 😉 Wanna see it?

Range report to come. 😉

More Anti-Gun Idiocy from a Journalist-in-Training

October 19, 2007

Via just about everybody, we have this, from the Cal State-Fullerton Daily Titan…

Every citizen has the right to vote, but not everyone chooses to fulfill that right because they sometimes don’t deem it necessary. So is having a gun necessary?

Non sequitur. Does not compute.

if you know you are mentally capable of having a gun, then you can wait-whether it takes a week, a month or 3 months.

Yes, of course you can wait, unless you’re being stalked by a scorned lover or some such, in which instance even a 72-hour wait may well be lethal. But I guess Ms. Wojtalewicz thinks the same way the rest of the anti-gun enuretics do. “If it saves just one life…” Never mind all the lives that could well be lost because of such a waiting period…

If you want a gun, buy one. But don’t complain about the background checks and necessary precautions you have to take in order to get a gun. If you have nothing to hide, then think of the measure as a way to ensure that psychos aren’t able to get a gun.

Personally, I think of a waiting period and background check as a cop-out, a disgustingly half-assed measure that does nothing to address the real problem. I guess it never crossed Ms. Wojtalewicz’s mind to ask what in the hell said psychos were doing walking the streets with free people in the first place. Yet another example of an anti’s simple-minded way of thinking. More of that below:

In one of his comedy performances, Chris Rock poked fun at gun control and instead suggested we should have “bullet control,” with each bullet costing $5,000. “People would think before they shot someone. ‘Man I will blow your f***ing head off, if I could afford it. I’m gonna get me a second job, start saving up, and you a dead man. You’d better hope I don’t get no bullets on lay-away!'”

As silly as this idea may be, it’s an exaggeration of an idea of limiting the ability to obtain ammunition for the guns-and I doubt that would put Kmart and Wal-Mart out of business. One’s right to bear arms would not be infringed upon. And if you only need a gun for protection, there is no need for purchasing bullets all the time, since the gun would just be sitting underneath your bed, waiting for a possible intruder to enter your home.

Amazing. We quote Thomas Jefferson, and they quote Chris Rock. If that doesn’t shed the light of a thousand suns on on the lunacy of the anti way of “thinking” (and I use that term in the loosest sense possible), then I don’t know what does. And as you see, Ms. Wojtalewicz ignores yet another reality — if you actually want to be able to hit what you’re aiming at with that gun, you need to p-r-a-c-t-i-c-e with it…which takes — you guessed it — ammunition that she wants to raise the price on! And yes, going after the ammunition does indeed infringe on the RKBA, because without that ammunition a gun is nothing but a useless hunk of wood and steel. As an old friend says often, “An unloaded gun ain’t nothin’ but an expensive club.”

And there are words of wisdom in the comedian’s spoof-“people would think twice before they shot someone.”

How does she know decent people don’t do that already? How presumptuous! I guess I shouldn’t be surprised.

People shouldn’t be able to stumble upon ammunition and guns while they are shopping for household necessities…

Why? Apparently for no other reason than “because Aleksandra Wojtalewicz said so.”

Pardon my french, Aleksandra Wojtalewicz, but you’re a farking tool.

Rick Perry Sells Out Texas Gun Owners

October 18, 2007

I haven’t been too sure what to make of Rick Perry. He had his good and bad points, and he’s done some great things for the People of The Gun here in Texas, including signing the Castle Doctrine law, taking the CHL records out of the public domain and clarifying the law to say you can travel with a loaded gun in your car without a CHL, and signing the law prohibiting weapon confiscations in states of emergency as happened down in New Orleans. With such actions, I as a Texas gun owner am quite confused at what I saw in this morning’s Houston Chronicle:

Gov. Rick Perry’s endorsement Wednesday of former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani for the Republican presidential nomination sparked renewed speculation that Perry is seeking a spot on the ticket as a vice-presidential candidate.
Perry’s endorsement of Giuliani was unusual because the conservative governor differs with Giuliani on numerous issues, including Perry’s opposition to abortion and support for gun rights.
Perry downplayed their differences on abortion, saying Giuliani would appoint “strict constructionists” to the U.S. Supreme Court who would have an impact on limiting abortions.
Perry said a presidency under Democrat Hillary Clinton would lead to court appointments “that would cause people to wake up in a cold sweat in the middle of the night.
Perry also said Giuliani understands there are differences on what kind of firearm limits might work in New York and not work in Texas or other places.
Perry made it clear that one of his biggest reasons for backing Giuliani is a belief that he can win the presidency.

Where to start? I can’t believe Perry actually swallowed Giuliani’s shuck-and-jive. Perry’s reviled by more than a few conservatives in this state, to be sure, but I never expected his tin ear to be so bad. The issue of Giuliani and his double standards on the gun issue has been covered here and elsewhere before, but there is one thing I don’t think I ever really thought about before Perry’s sellout. Notwithstanding his recent conversion as a proponent of federalism and state’s rights, Giuliani’s record of advocacy for uniform federal laws further restricting our rights is well-known and out there for anyone who cares to go looking for it. And I just can’t believe there’s been anything to change his opinion on that. At this point I would still will bet on Giuliani using the presidency as a bully pulpit for getting those stricter laws in place nationwide. No matter what he tries to sell to us, his record more or less speaks for itself.
As for supporting Giuliani because he can supposedly win — what about certain other candidates *cough*Fred Thompson*cough* who are more or less running neck-and-neck with Giuliani 13 months before the damn election? It’s still early yet and there’s a lot that could happen. I realize the go-along-to-get-along mentality is quite prevalent in politics at all levels, but I still find it disgusting that Perry would throw his principles away so early. On second thought, maybe he never really had any. Maybe he just did those good things on Second Amendment issues because he knew those actions were politically expedient. Whatever the case, I am just left shaking my head. For shame, Governor Perry. For shame.

"…We love to cut you down to size, we love dirty laundry…"

October 18, 2007

One would think that was KDFW Fox 4 Dallas’ theme song, after seeing the following video.
First, a bit of background, from the Dallas Morning News:

A Ledbetter-area business owner fatally shot a suspected burglar Sunday morning – the second time in three weeks that he killed an intruder, Dallas police said.

James Walton, owner of Able Walton Machine & Welding in the 2000 block of Chalk Hill Road in West Dallas, was alerted to the intruder when his motion sensor system activated about 9 a.m. Sunday, police said.

Mr. Walton, who also lives at his business, went downstairs with a shotgun and fired at a man who had broken in. The intruder was later identified by police as Jimmy Gannon of Ferris.

Now, take a gander at how Rebecca Aguilar ambushed Mr. Walton in the parking lot of the Academy where he went to get a shotgun to replace the one the police took from him:

“Are those tears of remorse?…Are you a trigger-happy kind of person? Izzat what you wanted to do, shoot to kill?” Good grief, this Rebecca Aguilar is a real piece of shit. They haven’t even invented the words to describe just how contemptible that sort of judgmental, self-righteous, ratings-hungry behavior is, not to mention the mooks who would engage in it.
As Glenn Reynolds at Instapundit said:

I was struck by reporter Rebecca Aguilar’s body-language, literally standing over him in judgment with tailored suit and umbrella. The way she looked down, literally and figuratively, on an old man who had defended his life, entirely legally, and reduced him to tears seems to me to be representative of the worst stereotypes of Old Media.

A-yep. I would say I hope creatures like Aguilar aren’t ever forced to make the choice of whether to pull that trigger, but I can’t say that because it’s not true. I would love nothing more than to see people like Aguilar be forced to make that decision and the sooner the better. It’s really the only adequate remedy to such reprehensible behavior. I know it’ll likely never happen, but we can certainly all hope. Maybe if it did she and those like her wouldn’t be so damn judgmental.
In the meantime, it seems Aguilar has been suspended by KDFW for her reprehensible behavior. Time will tell if she keeps her job, but whether or not she does, I still shudder to think how many reporters in all forms of media see that and don’t think she did anything wrong.

I Get Referrals…

October 16, 2007

From Wilmington, Ohio, “How much is a Ruger P90DC worth?
My question is, why in the hell would you wanna sell it? The Ruger P-Series pistols are arguably the best value in the market for what they cost. Maybe a bit bulky for a carry piece, but for a house or truck pistol you could hardly do better. Granted, the P90 is on an entirely different level than, say, a Sig P220 or Kimber Covert, but I’ll say this anyway — When it comes to a defensive sidearm, if one could plot a price vs. quality curve on a graph, the Ruger P-series pistols would probably occupy the sweet spot on it. Buddy, if you’re out there, keep that gun. If you get rid of it, you’ll regret it one day.

Monday Media Snippet Musings

October 16, 2007

Now this just floored me. I never would have expected this kind of snark to appear in any major newspaper, even the Dallas Morning News:

Re: “Teen opens fire at school – Suspended student kills himself after injuring 4 in Cleveland,” Thursday news story.

Tragic school shootings are still occurring, and school children are dying. All gun ownership should be prohibited except by the military and law enforcement. People would feel safer and not ever worry about being shot by a criminal.

Germany successfully confiscated weapons in 1938, while Rwanda and Uganda disarmed the populace.

These examples bear witness to successful government confiscation, so are American citizens ready for these next steps?

Makes me wonder how many people caught what the writer was really getting at, although I am sure there were some who were thinking he was actually serious and — more frighteningly — agreed with him. But that was just brilliant. I tell you what, some of the letter-writers are better than the people who actually write for the papers. Which brings me to the next item, from Cornell Sun blogger Tony Manfred:

…People aren’t keeping muskets in their cupboards in case the government comes and tries to take their land; they are stockpiling assault rifles so they can go out and murder dozens of little kids before anyone can even reach for their cell phone to call 911. Our loyalty to the Constitution is killing thousands of Americans a year.
And for those who want to keep guns legal so that they can fulfill some twisted fetish by murdering defenseless animals, I’m deeply sorry. I know that hunting is a popular hobby in this country but allowing people the pleasure of slaughtering animals at the expense of human lives is unacceptable. Once guns are made illegal, hunters can trap deer and beat them with baseball bats or knife them to death, everyone wins.
The delusional Neanderthals at the National Rifle Association should be charged as accomplices in every gun-related murder since 1871. Their efforts to brainwash millions of people and bully politicians into thinking that anti-gun laws are written by communist traitors have led to hundreds of thousands of murders. The NRA’s motto for demanding widespread firearm availability, “Guns don’t kill people, people kill people,” is one of the single dumbest combination of words in the English language. Are you kidding? If I don’t have a gun, the likelihood that I will be able to kill to you is undeniably much lower. Guns kill people. There is no chance that Americans would be killing each other at this high a rate if guns were illegal. You’d have to be crazy to think that there would be the same amount of murders in this country if no one had firearms. Something that can inflict as much damage as a gun has no business being readily available.
I’m all for individual liberty, but giving 300 million people the option to murder each other is not an inalienable right. The idea that not allowing citizens to carry firearms strips them of their rights is vastly overstated. My right to stay alive, my right to not get murdered, supercedes your right to have the option of murdering me. This is a case of putting the right to life behind the right to bear arms. Fewer guns make everyone safer. Banning guns allows for an unfettered pursuit of happiness.

To think the leftists accuse the People of the Gun of being closed-minded, reactionary bigots. And the pot sayeth unto the kettle, “thou art black!” He calls us delusional Neanderthals…how delightfully open-minded and tolerant of him!
“Stockpiling assault rifles so they can go out and murder dozens of little kids.” What the hell do you say to that? And what does it say about the people who run the Cornell Sun that they would let anyone write such a hateful screed? Just think — brain-dead mooks like Manfred are going to be the ones running the major media institutions in this country before we know it! Doesn’t that just make you feel all warm and fuzzy inside? I know it does me!
Fewer guns make everyone safer, eh? Yes, indeed. Ask all the German Jews who had their guns taken away from them, or how about some of those ethnic Tutsis in Rwanda, or the Cambodians who lived under the rule of the Khmer Rouge…oh, wait, you might have a problem with that, considering so many of them are six feet under, which is arguably a state of being that can hardly be characterized as being safer…
One more time, for all you gun-haters reading this. Molon Labe, you sons of bitches. Come and get them. And do it your own damned selves. At least show that much integrity, instead of sending other men with guns to do your dirty work for you.

An Awesome Tune, From An Awesome CD, From An Awesome Band

October 15, 2007

Now playing here: Cross Canadian Ragweed, “17,” from their 2002 self-titled “purple” album…
“The porch swing still looks the same, she probably won’t even remember my name, just like she didn’t back then…is she married, is she doin’ fine, does she know about all the nights I laid awake cryin’, just to know her hand…the door opens and I run away, just like the same ole clown…you’re always 17 in your hometown…”

UPDATE: 10:40pm Texas time: Pat Green & Cory Morrow, “Are You Sure Hank Done It This Way,” from 2000’s Songs We Wish We’d Written. Yes, the Waylon hit from 1975, and it rawks

More Shania Fanboy Invective!

October 14, 2007

…in comments to this post:

You are seriously jealous or something. You seem to forget that Shania is a global megastar and long eclisped your little country station.

As I said immediately after, the only thing Shania Twain ever “eclisped” was the level of teh suck that she established for herself to begin with. I really don’t give a damn about her success or the lack of it. What I have the problem with is the fact that she was marketed as a country artist and radio people gave her airplay that would have been better spent on artists who weren’t using the country genre and radio format as a jumping-off point to other genres. I am every bit as disgusted with that as I am the Dixie Chicks using the platform they were given as a result of their success as a platform to spout off political crap. As for me being jealous, that’s just about the most damnably pathetic argument I’ve seen as of yet. I am quite happy with my life and my musical tastes, what the hell would I have to be jealous of?
I don’t begrudge Shania Twain her success. She makes pretty decent bubble-gum pop, I guess, but to call it country is, to put it mildly, an insult to the genre and everyone who made it what it is today. As for the selling the records without “catoring” to country radio…well, there are a lot of people who sell records without kowtowing to the ridiculous confines of country radio. Maybe not in the tens of millions, but they do make a pretty fair living as far as I can tell; if they couldn’t make a living at it I’d guess they wouldn’t still be doing it. And even if they did sell millions of records, you wouldn’t find us as their fans using those numbers trying to justify our tastes as so many of Shania Twain fans do. And yeah, it IS “so many.” I have seen more people than I can count over the last ten years use that EXACT argument. They think it’s such a big deal and I don’t understand why. Granted, I think it’s cool that somebody like George Strait can go platinum singing George Jones and Guy Clark and Bruce Robison songs like he did on his latest cd, but even if he didn’t I’d still like him and buy his cds and go see him live when I could. I suppose the Shania Twain and Faith Hill fans feel the same way, but still I can’t help but think they’re more than a little bit insecure. If they weren’t they wouldn’t find any validation in the fact that millions of others share their tastes. But that’s just what I think about that.

More Good Stuff…

October 13, 2007

here: Bruce Robison and Kelly Willis, “Angry All the Time.” Tim McGraw had the hit with it, but Bruce was the writer and the one who recorded it first. For my money Bruce is a much better singer, though Tim did a serviceable job with it….

Friday Morning Computer Musings

October 12, 2007

So I had a couple of interesting conversations this week with a computer tech. He spent some time in the Army and he’s been tinkering with electronics longer’n I’ve been alive. Of course the old PC vs. Mac debate came up, and being the recent Mac convert I had to ask him what he thought, especially considering the fact that Microsoft recently rolled out the bug-riddled Vista operating system. He had nothing but good things to say about the Mac, and basically said Microsoft more or less conditioned the world to accept less than the best when it comes to operating systems with the way the company operated; the systems they put out would more or less run on any PC with the appropriate specs regardless of who made the individual parts, but they could get away with that because of the way they wrote the software, which of course is what leads to crashes, viruses and the like. This is in direct contrast, of course, to the Apple OS which will only run on the Apple computer. Not only that, the way some manufacturers put those PCs together leaves a lot to be desired, especially as it relates to memory. Just for an example, I went to see him again yesterday and he was working on a Compaq with Vista installed. As if Vista wasn’t flawed enough, it took more than half the computer’s memory just to start the damn thing up, let alone run it continuously, or its programs — and this was with the memory that came from the factory. Then he showed me an error message he was getting, which showed that the computer was having problems with a printer port — and that particular computer didn’t even have that kind of printer port. He told me he would not recommend a person in the market for a new computer get a PC with Vista for at least another six months, after Microsoft rolled out the service packs for it. I don’t know how well Vista is selling and don’t really care, but I’d be willing to bet this particular example was not an isolated one. It was a bit serendipitous that I ran into this fella, as earlier this week I saw the picture below on another blog…

Some might think what I am about to say is just nit-picking, but I’ll say it anyway. Used to it didn’t bother me so much, but it burns my tail more and more when I see reliance on hardware or software that doesn’t come from Microsoft cast as a defining characteristic of a lefty moonbat. (Note: I most emphatically DO NOT think Ron Paul is a moonbat even though I don’t agree with some of his foreign policy ideas, but if you read most of the righty blogs you’ll see that sentiment expressed.) If I were a betting man, I’d bet my next firearm that the vast majority of those who make fun of folks who rely on non-Microsoft products have never even used those products. (Mike Hendrix at Cold Fury came up with a dead-on term for the malady those people suffer — Apple Derangement Syndrome.) I have to wonder what these people would say if they ever sat down and used an Apple, or Firefox for that matter.
Oh, yeah, and speaking of alternate web browsers — I told this same computer tech about the nickname I’ve seen for the Microsoft browser, Internet Exploder. His response?
“Yeah, that’s about right.”