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May 30, 2011

Some Gave All

I was at the cemetery, with a bunch of men from the American Leigion, a squad of Boy Scouts, 1 Cub Scout, and the AL Ladies Auxiliary. I hear, "Hey Sergeant, you just volunteered!" and I get handed a U.S. Rifle, Caliber .30, M1 for the firing squad. It was my first time handling one ever. I think it was the perfect occasion to do so.

God Bless the United States of America. May the souls of the faithful departed, through the Mercy of God, rest in peace.

May 28, 2011

My plans for Memorial Day

I intend to dress in my Class B uniform (my A's aren't updated yet) go to the Cemetery, and salute when the rifles are fired. May weep openly during Taps. I refuse to go shopping.

May 27, 2011

And now for some good news

Wiping the spittle from the computer from my last post, I come to you with some (hopefully) good news. There is a woman with whom I work, who fears guns completely. She has agreed to take a bold step, and go to the range with me and DW (which means Progeny will be along too). Hopefully, she will come away with a smile on her face, with the thought of, "Shooting stuff is fun!" Hopefully, the wookie in me will restrain itself, for I hope to show this young lady (and hopefully new shooter) that we're not all hiding in our basements waiting for the ATF to come. I'll show her the basement much, much later. ;) Maybe, just maybe, we'll add to to Breda's Gunchick Roster. I'm definately starting with a .22. Since the only .22 I own is a rifle, I'll move to handguns slowly, maybe with my 9mm. It's a Hi-Point (go ahead and roll your eyes) which means it's top heavy enough to control recoil. And DW's S&W .38 Model 10 with the bull barrel. I'll guage things as it rolls.

Any advice from someone who's done this before? The only person I've ever (re) introduced to guns was DW, to show her what I was getting all excited about. She loves going to the range now. I usually do all the cleaning afterwards. Fair enough, since she cleans up after me all the rest of the time. Yes, unfortunately, I'm one of those husbands. How she has put up with me for nearly 14 years is a mystery.

May 26, 2011

From the IB Mission Statement

And I quote:
These programmes encourage students across the world to become active, compassionate and lifelong learners who understand that other people, with their differences, can also be right.

I'm sorry, but 2 diametrically opposing worldviews, i.e. Communism and Libertarianism, cannot both be right at the same time. Radical Fundamental Islamism, with its world view of "let's blow up ourselves up and take the infidel with us;" and Catholicism, with it's world view of "love thine enemies and pray for those who persecute you," cannot co-exist. Sorry. It don't work that way. It's not all the same, not all roads lead to God, and not to limit His saving power, He did say, "By no other Name can men be saved." I understand that other people have other cultures. They have every right to be wrong.

Now, if understanding other people and thier differences means live and let live, fine. But if you say that my raising my daughter as a Catholic and teaching her about Jesus the Christ, who is God Almighty, is wrong, and that she can't live her religion, and say what she feels needs to be said, and enjoy shooting her guns with Daddy, then you and I have issues, and I WILL FIGHT. You think Sarah Palin the Mama Grizzly is bad, you have yet to see me. I will make her look like a Teddy Bear.

As you can see, I have problems with doublethink and logical fallacies.

P.S. And BTW, it's programs you European, idiotic, fucktard! Welcome to the United States of America! We both kicked and saved England's ass, twice! If you're going to teach in my fucking country, you'll adapt to OUR right way of doing things. Fucking surrendermonkeys.

She really needs to quit growing up

Progeny is having her Preschool Graduation tonight. Next year she starts Kindergarten. Reading the school rules, and noting that it's an International Baccalaureate Program (IB), the Wookie in me is screaming it's head off (don't you tell me I can't withdraw my daughter from school and it won't be excused. My Kid, not yours.)

I wish we could afford homeschooling. There is literally only one school where I live, K-12. Small town. I get disturbences in the Force whenever I think about it. Maybe I'm just paranoid. After all, scores* of kids graduate from this school every year, go on to college, and then wind up working for the Government.

Hmmm.

Why am I scared that one day she will end up thinking the United Nations should be a superior entity to the United States, and our culture and National Soveriegnty be damned? That there will be a dichotomy in her education, between the education I am giving her, hard won through experience, and the indoctrination I fear she'll get from the IB School? That she'll wind up rejecting everything I hold dear for some utopian progressive vision? God help me, I'm raising kids. And yes, I am a helicopter parent. With all the bad shit I have seen in my life, coupled with all the bad shit that goes on in the world, I am my daughters personal Secret Service Agent. God help both of us.

* Yes, I said scores. Every Graduate of Small Town Unified School District can say they were in the Top 20. Regardless of GPA.

May 25, 2011

O.C. Day

O.C. day has been declared by Breda, Mike W., and Nancy, for Sunday, the 5th of June. I will be at drill, but the moment I am in civvies again, I will do what I always do here in the Free State of Arizona. I'll OC. I OC because I can. And I enjoy the taste of sweet, sweet freedom.

May 22, 2011

Do me a favor...

When you go to the range/forest/desert/whatever, don't do this:




That really bothers me, even if I don't cut myself. Now I have to clean up after some discourteous mouthbreather with a gun. There is a special place in Hell for people who shoot glass and leave it behind like that.

May 21, 2011

The Lone Ranger....



...was here.

Made with my Lee Hand Press, charged with my Lee Perfect Powder measure. Excuse me while I squee.

May 20, 2011

It's here!

My Lee Perfect Powder Measure (finally) arrived! I have to give Midway credit, they corrected their mistake, and got it here by upgrading the shipping, at no extra cost. I'm still a bit miffed at the mistake though. Now I've gotta get all those cases loaded before the Rapture. ;) Note to self, flare case mouth, then charge. Made that mistake once. Thankfully, I caught it before seating any bullets. Doubly thankfully, I found a double charge (!!!) while correcting my mistake. It's true what they say, God looks out for fools, drunks, and little children. I'll let you decide which category I fit in. DW already knows, and I think Progeny is figuring it out.

The Political Philosophy of (Groucho) Marx



I think my Politics could best be described a Contrarian. If I were surrounded at all times (in my community) by Libertarians, Gunnies, et al., I think I would be a dyed in the wool socialist hippie. As it is I'm surrounded by tree hugging environmentalist socialist hippies, therefore I am a gun toting redneck. Hi ya'll. Groucho Marx said it best in the above video, "Whatever it is, I'm against it." Genius, pure genius

May 17, 2011

Well, it was a nice Republic, while it lasted.

Via Tam and Kevin, I find out that the SCOTUS, by an 8-1 vote (?!) tossed the 4th amendment to the Constitution out the window, baby, bathwater, tub, and all. Kevin says he wants to get drunk and take a shower. I want to throw up. We have effectively given up freedom for security, deserve neither, and no one is taking up arms, secceeding, or saying WTF except for a few bloggers. Welcome to the People's Democratic Republic of America. BO-fucking-HICA.

I feel angry, powerless, and effectively raped.

Remember, don't resist when you're being raped. It'll just go harder for you.

Where are the IIIpers now?

All those "Citizen Militias"?

Oathkeepers? Anyone?

Bullshit. Never gonna happen. And they know it.

May 16, 2011

SNAFU

I got a notification that my package with my Powder Measure got turned around in Flagstaff because someone labeled it with a P.O. Box. Called MidwayUSA and raised a polite stink. They said they would ship me a new one free of charge, and put the other one back in stock when it gets back. They shipped it UPS Ground this time. Should be here 23 May, next Monday. They were very apologetic and polite about it.

It really is true, an armed society is a polite society.

May 14, 2011

Read. This. Now.

TSA gets PWND. By a blogger. I now have a new hero.

Via Kevin at Smallest Minority.

You know you're a Reloader when...

You consider a good day at the range when you come home with more brass than you left with.
You go to the range, don't fire a single shot, and STILL come home with a pocket full of brass.
You prefer wheelguns to autoloaders because it's easier to keep track of the brass.
Your shot groups suck because you're trying to keep track of where the brass landed.
You've ever had a serious and intense discussion about corn cobs and walnut husks.
You have more empty brass casings in your house than ammo.
If you quit spending money on components, you just might be able to save up for that progressive press you want.
You'll never quit spending money on components.
You think Richard Lee should be canonized.
You fantasize about how your obscssion hobby will be your meal ticket at TEOTWAWKI.
You've ever gone mining for range lead. (Casters only)
You don't cast, but you've done that anyway, because you plan to (one day).
You've ever gone to a tire shop and left with the same tires you came with.
You've ever hit 5 tire shops in one day.
You think it's a waste that you can't reload steel casings.
If it weren't for your investment in your equipment, you might try anyway.
You keep some steel casings, "just in case."
You have ever cursed the name of COL Hiram Berdan.
You've ever taken your reloading set up to the range.
You think "Bench Rest" is where your elbows go when you're throwing/weighing charges.
You've ever used a .45 ACP tray as a shell holder while charging .38 Spl casings.
You're thinking, "Hey, I ought to try that!"
You find yourself smiling and nodding at this list.

Anything else you can come up with?

EDIT:  American Mercenary left this comment on this post the other day which got lost in the Blogger Brouhaha and the ongoing feud with Microsoft. Recreated from the e-mail notification when I get comments. Which almost never happens... ;) Anyway, here it is.

AM has left a new comment on your post "You know you're a Reloader when...":

You have serious discussions about metal polishers, vinegar vs. storebought, etc.

You go to a pet store to buy walnut hull media, and you don't own a bird.

You have brass in calibers you don't own, but would like to someday.

You Curse H&K fluted chambers.

You know the difference between M80 and M118 brass, but go through the steps of annealing and full length resizing M80 brass anyways.

You keep spent 22lr brass for that one day when you start turning them into jacketed 22 caliber bullets.

May 10, 2011

Got any spare Global Warming?

That is a lousy picture of it snowing outside my workplace. Today in roughly mid-May. In Arizona. So, anyone else think the evidence doesn't match the data? I joked about global warming to a co-worker and he said, in all seriousness, that yes this was the result of global warming, because global warming, "stops the Gulf Stream from flowing, causing this weather." Again, I am in Arizona. Not Florida, not EASTERN Texas, Arizona. A land locked State. I am closer to the Bay of California than the Atlantic Ocean. I think I'll go bang my head against the wall. It will hurt less and I'll make more of an impression.

May 9, 2011

I see an interesting thing here....

Check out this post. Then start thinking about how we can come up with a Citizen Based Anti-SEIU. And what that would mean. Countering thuggery with thuggery. But since we're on the Side of Liberty, we have guns. They already are what they accuse us of being. Every time they accuse us of being Nazis, thugs, cretins, knuckledraggers, etc, they are looking in the mirror. They are collapsing in on themselves, a Black Hole of Fail. We don't need to do that. We just need to keep on with what we're doing, and making sure the Opposition doesn't get any momentum. And hold on to your guns, keep your powder dry, for when they attack us. And because we have the High Ground, and have held it, they will lose.

I admire and respect AM. And I think he has some great points for when the Organic Fertilizer hits the Occillating Room Cooling Device. Which it will. I'm just not inclined to hurry it along. And no, I don't mean Ammonium Nitrate.

I have the same mentality towards The Coming Civil War(tm) as I do towards carrying my firearms in public. I'll add to JayG's DGC if they attack me, I'm not going into the Hood to go Goblin Hunting. Or Zombie Hunting. We saw what happened to Timothy McVeigh when he tried to hurry things along. I don't want to be that guy. Those are my thoughts on the matter, anyway. It'll happen soon enough.

Speaking of Dictators

Every time I think of Congress, I can't help but think of that line in The Patriot, "Why should I trade 1 tyrant 3000 miles away for 3000 tyrants 1 mile away?"

Good question.

I spent the day reloading

DW was at work, Progeny was at daycare, and I spent the day charging cases, weighing each charge. Today I invested in a Lee Perfect Powder Measure. GDP went up accordingly. What would that be, .0000005% growth, since I got it on sale for $20?

If I wasn't cheap, I wouldn't reload to begin with. And every dictator (or potential dictator) in the world got one more cut on the way to 1000. So there's that.

May 8, 2011

I miss you, Mom.

My Mom was one of the strongest women I ever knew. After she divorced my Dad, she raised me practically on her own. Yet she also stayed close enough to my dad and his family so that I could be with him, too. She was a Nurse, and she had one of the most caring hearts. When we lived in Little Havana, the nieghbors would come to her if something happened to them, because she was "La Medica". She didn't even speak Spanish. If it was serious enough, she would send them to the Hospital. One of the best moments, was when she was holding then 6 month old Progeny in her arms, singing to her the same silly songs she used to sing to me. This was about a year before she passed on. It was the first time she ever saw the Grand Canyon. I didn't even know she had Cancer. I didn't know until she was in Hospice, and I couldn't go to her in Florida. I didn't have the money, or the time away from work available. And she forbade me. I'm in my 30's, and she's still trying to protect me. I guess she didn't want me to remember her like that. It still hurts. If you'll excuse me, the pollen count has suddenly gone up, and I need a handkerchief. Requiescat in pace, Mater.

May 6, 2011

Overheard at work

I was watching the idiot box as I was checking out at work and some talking head says vis a vis the Osama Compound:
TH: The major mistake he made was in staying on the second floor with his family, where Agents would have a clear view of him
Me: Of course! Becase every redneck in Oklahoma knows that when the ATF comes, you head for the basement bunker!
Boss: *Snerk*

May 4, 2011

Quote of the day

Pantsless edition:
We knew when we put our John Hancock on the dotted line that we were volunteering to risk our lives to save the liberty of our fellow countrymen. Instead, they’re out there putting their lives on the line so you and your own can be given the most comfortable set of chains that are non-toxic, biodegradable, and made from only recycled materials. Oh, and they’re freely provided.

Robb makes some intersting points on Freedom of Information and it's neccessity to Liberty. RTWT. I learned from experience that the only reason for secrecy in Government is to cover up embarassment and/or incompetence.

May 3, 2011

Well, Progeny has Pink Eye

So I'm stuck at home with her. No work for me for a couple of days. If I try, very hard, I just might be able to work up a bit of give-a-damn about the loss of my productivity to my boss. I get to spend the next 2 days with my daughter, coloring, playing with her workbench, and singing preschool songs.

That high pitched squeeing sound you hear off to the west is Progeny and I having fun. I am going to milk this for every drop.