Posted by Jeff Soyer on 07 Mar 2014 02:22 am
Oh Yeah, Now I Remember!
Okay, this is hilarious and it happened in Ohio. After spending a day in jail, a couple are dropped off at their house. Shortly thereafter, they call the cops to report that their home was burglarized. From Cleveland.com:
A Russell officer was dispatched to investigate. He met with the homeowners who pointed out damage to their front door and the home’s interior. They also reported their guns were missing and their dog had been locked in the back room.
The officer reminded the woman that she had damaged the front door on the previous day by beating it with a shovel to break it down and that the interior damage occurred during their fight. The couple indicated that they were starting to remember those things.
The officer also reminded the man that he had locked up the dog when police were called to the home the previous afternoon. He had also assisted the police in turning over their guns. The man said he didn’t realize he had done that. He was told that the guns were being held at the police station.
The couple apologized for the misunderstanding and thanked the officer for clearing things up for them.
I’m not sure I want them getting their guns back.
Posted by Jeff Soyer on 07 Mar 2014 02:07 am
CA: Store Selling “Smart” Guns Gets Protests
From the Portland Press Herald:
The California gun store that put the nationâ€™s first smart gun on sale is facing a furious backlash from customers and gun rights advocates who fear the new technology will encroach on their Second Amendment rights if it becomes mandated.
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Attacks in online forums and social networks against the Oak Tree Gun Club have prompted the store to back away from any association with the Armatix iP1 smart gun.
I don’t think we need to again go over all the reasons this type of gun is a bad idea. Besides, that watch (see picture at link) is the clunkiest thing I’ve seen in years . . . well, besides my 2000 Forester.
Posted by Jeff Soyer on 07 Mar 2014 01:11 am
Bernie Sanders Running For President in 2016?
This has to be the bottom story of the day:
Progressive Sen. Bernie Sanders is readying a potential 2016 presidential primary challenge to Hillary Clinton, claiming that the â€śsame old same old … Clinton type of politicsâ€ť won’t solve the problems of the nation.
â€śI am prepared to run for president of the United States. I don’t believe that I am the only person out there who can fight this fight, but I am certainly prepared to look seriously at that race,â€ť he told The Nation’s John Nichols.
What the heck — Obama paved the way for other socialists to aspire to the White House.
If Bernie does run, and as an independent, that could actually help split the Democratic vote and help the Republican’s chances. Then again, Republicans are quite adept at losing elections on their own….
Posted by Jeff Soyer on 06 Mar 2014 06:25 am
Warning To Those On The Coasts
Yet another dire warning from the global warming crowd:
A new report in the journal Environmental Research Letters has found that sea-level rise driven by climate change could threaten a number of cultural landmarks across the world, including the Statue of Liberty in New York to the Tower of London or the Sydney Opera House.
We’ve got enough wretched refuse in the country already.
Speaking of which:
A new poll by the Washington Post shows that amnesty is a vote-loser for GOP legislators.
The poll of 1,002 adults shows that pluralities of independents and moderates oppose candidates who support amnesty, which was euphemistically dubbed â€śa path to citizenshipâ€ť by the poll designers.
The poll showed that 41 percent of independents and 37 percent of moderates were less likely to vote for an amnesty-backer.
Posted by Jeff Soyer on 05 Mar 2014 05:20 pm
Facebook Offers Solution In Search Of A Problem
From Yahoo News:
Under pressure from gun safety advocates, the social network will block members under 18 years of age from viewing pages or timeline posts reported to involve private sales of firearms and will set up online “checkpoints” warning people that such deals may be illegal.
And people offering guns for sale on Facebook will not be allowed to indicate that background checks are not required or that sales will be done across state lines without involving licensed firearms dealers, it said.
The world is safe again.
Posted by Jeff Soyer on 05 Mar 2014 11:04 am
VT: Gun Rights Rally This Sunday, March 9th, at the Capital, Montpelier, VT
Now, more than ever:
Opposing all proposed anti-gun and ammunition legislation in Montpelier on the steps of the State House.
12:00 noon to 3:00 pm on Sunday, March 9, 2014
More at the Gun Owners of Vermont link above.
This is more important than ever, given that the City of Burlington just passed three anti-gun ordinances which the state legislature will have to vote on to approve or strike down.
Posted by Jeff Soyer on 05 Mar 2014 05:45 am
A Mad Scientist Loves His Guns
Actually, this guy is living his dream life. I’m jealous!
Posted by Jeff Soyer on 05 Mar 2014 05:27 am
Comcast Screwing Chicago Subscribers
From the Chicago Tribune:
The cable and Internet provider has begun to turn hundreds of thousands of Chicago-area homes into virtual coffee shops, using existing Comcast equipment to build out its publicly accessible wireless network.
The neighborhood hot spots initiative, rolling out during the next several months, will send a separate Wi-Fi signal from Comcast-issued home equipment, enabling anyone within range to get online. Soon, entire residential blocks will begin to show as hot spots on Xfinity’s Wi-Fi mobile app, the company said Tuesday.
Because the Comcast subscriber’s signal will be kept separate from the second, publicly available signal, the subscriber’s speed and privacy shouldn’t be affected, Comcast officials said, acknowledging that such concerns have been raised in test markets.
“They’ll look like two separate networks and they’ll act like two separate networks,” said Tom Nagel, who heads the Xfinity Wi-Fi initiative for Comcast. “Any use on the public side doesn’t impact the private side.”
Really? Won’t effect the speed available to the cash-customer? And, will the public signal have its own i.p. address? Because if it doesn’t, and some perv decides to sit outside your home and download child porn or threaten the President, it’s the cash-paying subscriber whose door will be busted in by cops.
Further, a cash-paying subscriber might be more selective about what sites he visits. What if the freeloader isn’t? In just the past two months, malware has infected hundreds of thousands of wireless routers. That’s in addition to the possible attacks on Cisco routers and TP Link routers. Remember, it’s only one router Comcast is installing, just that it’s offering a second, unprotected signal. If the router becomes hacked, the paying subscriber suffers as well.
Finally, even here in rural Vermont, my computer can detect 3 signals from others’ routers. In an apartment building in a city, there could be dozens of signals. If there will now be dozens of public — non-password protected — wi-fi signals to choose from, who in their right mind would bother becoming a paying subscriber?
Posted by Jeff Soyer on 04 Mar 2014 08:42 pm
Burlington, VT Liberals Pass Three Illegal Gun Ordinances
From WPTZ TV:
Burlington has passed three resolutions that if passed by the state Legislature would put restrictions on guns in the Queen City.
The ballot items would allow police to seize weapons from suspects of domestic violence, ban firearms from any city establishment with a liquor license and require gun owners to safely store all guns.
Ballot item No. 6 (domestic violence and guns) passed 5579-2066.
Ballot item No. 7 (ban at liquor establishments) passed 5194-2517.
Ballot item No. 8 (safe storage of firearms) passed 4351-2971.
Vermont has a state preemption law regarding firearms regulations, so Burlington would need to obtain permission from the state legislature (requiring a full vote there) to enforce these ordinances.
Posted by Jeff Soyer on 04 Mar 2014 05:38 pm
Dem Skewed Poll Shows That Dems Support Gun Registration
From the Washington Times:
The survey released Tuesday was done jointly by Roanoke College in Virginia, Rutgers-Eagleton in New Jersey and Siena College in New York. It shows that 68 percent of New York voters and a whopping 74 percent of New Jersey voters are in favor of establishing a national gun registry.
Even in the southern state of Virginia â€” which has gone blue in recent years â€” 63 percent want the federal government to track all guns.
NRA Spokesman Andrew Arulanandam pointed out that the poll appears skewed.
â€śGiven the exceptionally high numbers of support for President Obama and Hillary Clinton in this poll, it isnâ€™t surprising that there would be high numbers of support for draconian gun control proposals,â€ť he told me.
Let me know the results of a similar poll taken in Wyoming, Texas, and Montana.
Posted by Jeff Soyer on 04 Mar 2014 12:08 pm
New Scanner Can Detect “Plastic” and 3D Printed Guns
Well, there goes the “progressive” argument against banning them. From Engineering.com:
A new, high tech radar scanner could help make airports and secure facilities even safer with its ability to ferret out nearly undetectable 3D printed weapons.
Developed by Manchester Metropolitan University with funding from the UKâ€™s Home Office and Metropolitan Police, the new device was built to scan people as they mill through crowded public spaces and sound the alarm if any threats are detected.
Using sophisticated signal processing the scanner sends a beam of radio waves into a crowd where theyâ€™re reflected back if a 3D printed weapon is detected. Once returning waves reach the origin device an onboard computer attempts to classify the signature of the signal using artificial intelligence algorithms. If a positive printed weapon match is made the device alerts a nearby operator whoâ€™ll be informed of the area in which a weapon was discovered.
More at the link. And, thanks to my Google search, I’ve discovered another interesting website that I’ve bookmarked and will be following.
Posted by Jeff Soyer on 04 Mar 2014 11:59 am
10-Year-Old Suspended For “Hand” Gun
I’m starting to think that there is no hope for the pansy-state nation that “progressives” have foisted upon us. From KATU Ohio:
A central Ohio principal says she suspended a 10-year-old boy from school for three days for pretending his finger was a gun and pointing it at another student’s head.
The boy’s father says it’s the adults who are acting childish for suspending the boy from Devonshire Alternative Elementary School in Columbus last week.
Perhaps they need a Pop Tart bill in Ohio.
Posted by Jeff Soyer on 04 Mar 2014 11:44 am
Another Obvious Political Ploy By Obama … That The MSM Will Spin For Obama
Even the left-leaning The Hill is admitting that Obama’s executive orders are all politically motivated:
The Obama administration is set to announce another major delay in implementing the Affordable Care Act, easing election pressure on Democrats.
As early as this week, according to two sources, the White House will announce a new directive allowing insurers to continue offering health plans that do not meet ObamaCareâ€™s minimum coverage requirements.
Prolonging the â€śkeep your planâ€ť fix will avoid another wave of health policy cancellations otherwise expected this fall.
The cancellations would have created a firestorm for Democratic candidates in the last, crucial weeks before Election Day.
The most corrupt administration in memory. Chris Matthews just ejaculated.
Posted by Jeff Soyer on 04 Mar 2014 07:08 am
High Speed Photography of Bullets
Yeah, yeah; been there, seen that. Still, these are pretty neat. And, not a slide show.
Posted by Jeff Soyer on 04 Mar 2014 04:41 am
Who’s Afraid of Formaldehyde?
Apparently quite a few uninformed people, which is why Johnson & Johnson removed it from its baby shampoo:
Formaldehyde occurs naturally in common fruits and vegetables (even organic ones). â€śUnless people calling for removal of quaternium-15 are also keeping their children from eating apples and french fries,â€ť Hartings says, â€śI think their activism might be misplaced.â€ť
Our own bodies create formaldehyde as a normal byproduct during amino acid synthesis and overall metabolism, including breaking down antibiotics and other medications. Itâ€™s also in drinking water and the air we breathe. Homer Swei, a scientist at Johnson & Johnson, points out that 90 percent of the formaldehyde around us is naturally occurring, with 60 percent of that coming from plants and trees, yet itâ€™s still perfectly fine to walk through the woods.
More at the link. As one quoted scientist says, it’s all about the dose, not the molecule.
Related: An unvaccinated student in the SF Bay area came down with measles. Thousands may have been exposed:
Remember: When you get vaccinated, you are not just protecting you and yours. Youâ€™re also helping protect babies too young for their shots, older people, and people with compromised immunities (for example, those who are on immunosuppressants for cancer or arthritis treatment). Herd immunity is real, and important.
People like Jenny McCarthy, Andrew Wakefield, RFK Jr., NVIC, and the AVN are wrong. Vaccines donâ€™t cause autism, have very low risk, and have huge benefits. I hope this situation in San Francisco doesnâ€™t turn into an outbreak because that could be very nasty indeed. Weâ€™ve seen it happen too many times before, and itâ€™s the legacy of those people above and others who spread anti-vax nonsense.
Every year, for the past 20-years, I’ve gotten the flu shot. Haven’t gotten the flu. I’ve watched plenty of co-workers who’ve refused the vaccine come down with terrible, 7-10 day cases of it. I have no regrets . . . or sympathies.
Posted by Jeff Soyer on 04 Mar 2014 03:37 am
DRM Coming To A Keurig Coffee Maker Near You?
Greed is a wonderful thing, I guess, for the Vermont liberals running Green Mountain Coffee. How else to explain that their new machines will incorporate digital rights management?
“Green Mountain has announced a new anticompetitive plan to maintain its monopoly by redesigning its brewers to lock out competitorsâ€™ products. Such lock-out technology cannot be justified based on any purported consumer benefit, and Green Mountain itself has admitted that the lock-out technology is not essential for the new brewersâ€™ function. Like its exclusionary agreements, this lock-out technology is intended to serve anticompetitive and unlawful ends.”
Personally, I think I consume about one cup of coffee every two years or so. It’s just not my thing. I’m a hot cocoa kind of guy. Swiss Miss forever!
Posted by Jeff Soyer on 04 Mar 2014 03:26 am
Facebook Curtailing Gun Themed Pages?
Facebook may announce company policy changes for gun-related pages in the coming weeks, VentureBeat has learned.
The social network has been under pressure from the powerful Mayors Against Illegal Guns and the Moms Demand Action civic group to ban gun-themed fan pages on the site.
I understand the intention is to prevent firearm sales taking place, but if Facebook decides that the way to do that is to simply ban all such pages depicting guns or supporting 2nd Amendment rights, then they are censoring a constitutional (and natural) right. Well, Facebook is a corporation that can do as they like. Me? I’ve thought about dropping my page there, anyway. I don’t have time for or interest in Facebook or other social media. I have my own website (this one) where I call all the shots and own the content. What do I need Zuckerberg and his rules and regulations for?
Posted by Jeff Soyer on 03 Mar 2014 06:10 am
Give Your Baby a Respectable Name
From the Clarity Campaigns website:
Use the power of the Coop voter file and the latest in Democratic campaign analytics to choose a partisan name for your baby, determine what political party views you should really have, or just waste time on the Internet. Look up your own name or a less common name like Barack (a few people even have Obama as their first name).
So, I typed in “Jeff” and here’s what it says:
There are 134,038 registered voters named Jeff, making it the 363rd most common name.
54% of “Jeffs” identify with the Republican Party. There’s a 46.9% chance there’s a gun in my house. A 56% chance I attend weekly religious services, and a 54% chance I have a college degree.
So then I typed in “Jermaine.” 87% chance I’m a Democrat. 51% chance there’s a gun in the house — but illegally. . . .
Go figure, and if you’re bored, play around with it yourself.
Posted by Jeff Soyer on 03 Mar 2014 05:45 am
Non-Invasive Examination of an Antique Pistol
From the University of Huddersfield in England:
One of the issues when examining examples of high value antique pocket pistols is the evaluation of the interior mechanism. Damage to the mechanism has a detrimental effect on the value of the piece, however disassembly is complicated and may cause distress to interior components. In the past X-ray has been used to avoid this, but only provides a two dimensional image which may fail to reveal aspects of interior wear or replacement components.
3D Micro CT scanning utilises a technique which enables a 360 degree examination of the interior allowing an evaluation to be made not only of internal wear and damage but also the identification of replacement parts within the mechanism which may call into question the historical authenticity of the artifact.
The video shows actual scans of several antique pistols. Music track is awful so turn your volume down:
Posted by Jeff Soyer on 01 Mar 2014 02:44 am
IL: The Permits Are In The Mail
From the Journal Courier:
Illinoisâ€™ first concealed carry licenses are being mailed to thousands of gun ownersâ€™ mailboxes, Illinois State Police officials announced Friday.
The red, white and blue permits are the size of a driverâ€™s license and include a photo of the license holder. They cost $150 and are good for five years.
So far, 5,000 license applications have been approved and are in the process of being printed and mailed, Illinois State Police Col. Marc Maton said at a press conference in Chicago.
Good things come to those who
wait fight for it.
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