January 24, 2014

It Didn't Work In NY Either

Starting in 2000, NY State wasted spent millions of dollars on a "gun DNA" program whereby every semiautomatic pistol sold in the state had to be fired and the casing sent to the State Police for analysis, classification, indexing and storage. The 12 year project, called CoBIS, finally ended a year ago without ever solving a single crime.

Now California is enacting a law that attempts to do much the same thing using an unproven technology known as microstamping; major firearms manufacturers, Smith and Wesson and Ruger, will refuse to sell guns in this state.
A new gun law proponents say helps law enforcement has driven Smith & Wesson and Sturm Ruger out of California, and affirmed the suspicions of firearms rights advocates that the measure is really about making handguns obsolete.

The two companies have announced they will stop selling their wares in the nation's most populous state rather than try to comply with a law that requires some handguns to have technology that imprints a tiny stamp on the bullet so it can be traced back to the gun. The companies, and many gun enthusiasts, say so-called "microstamping" technology is unworkable in its present form and can actually impair a gun's performance.

“Smith & Wesson does not and will not include microstamping in its firearms,” the Springfield, Mass.,-based manufacturer said in a statement. “A number of studies have indicated that microstamping is unreliable, serves no safety purpose, is cost prohibitive and, most importantly, is not proven to aid in preventing or solving crimes.”

Shrek XIV

Story here.

January 23, 2014

Double Your Pleasure, Double Your Gun

Arsenal Arms .45 cal. Double-Barreled Mod 1911 Pistol.

Gilboa 5.56 mm Double-Barreled AR-15

2A Ad Banned By The NFL

Tanks On The Move To Kiev & Military Stag Parties

Apparently the  Ukrainian military has decided to squash civilian protests in Kiev. There are videos being posted of military equipment being transported and positioned in the dead of night.

Russian text to the above video:
22 января 2014 года в 17.00 в Чернигове на ул. Борисенко со станции "Чернигов - Северный", которая находится возле обл. ГАИ, грузятся танки на ж/д платформы. Погруженных танков на 17.10 пока только 3 единицы, но ж/д платформ под них - 11 шт

English translation:
22 January 2014 at 17.00 in Chernihiv on the street. Borisenko Station "Chernigov - North", which is located near the region. GAI loaded tanks on w / e platform. Submerged tanks at 17.10 while only 3 units, but w / d platforms for them - 11 pcs.

More here, and here.

Live feed of Kiev protesters here. Every now and then you may hear gunshots and, yes, they are burning tires. I imagine this site will be shut down if the tanks start rolling.

Not for nothing, but you can have a Ukrainian stag party complete with live RPG rounds and tank driving here. Try that at Fort Bragg.
Military Day - Package 1

The Programme Includes
* 3 laps tank driving per person in your group, one of the laps you will drive the tank yourself.

Ammunition Allocation
The following are the quantities offered per 2 people in the group
* RPG Rocket Launcher - 6 rockets
* Pistol / Rifles / Machine Gun - 800 rounds in total

Please note that weapons / ammunition might be substituted / altered depending on ammunition availability on the day

Extra rounds / rockets can be purchased on the day subject to how busy the military base is at the time.

* Lunch will be supplied from the field kitchen
*Transfer Kiev - Military base - Kiev
* Personal military instructor while shooting and translator assistance.
* The maximum number is 10 people partaking in any one group

January 22, 2014

We're #1 *groan*

 Hendrick's Chapel on the SU Quad.

Once again my alma mater receives a rather dubious distinction, the snowiest university in the country - average of 124 inches of white stuff a year. No one else is even close. And we're proud of it, we even compete for the honor..

In fact, the top three snowiest universities are all in upstate NY.

It's the Great Lakes - the cold Canadian winds blowing across all that water pick up a lot of moisture, freeze it, then dump it on us.

It's like a terrible Canadian insult; a freezing, Arctic-driven, meteorological bowel movement.

As a freshman arriving from the comparatively paltry snowfall of downstate Long Island, I just wasn't prepared to be wading knee deep in snow as I trudged to work as a breakfast cook at oh dark hundred.

I can't believe that I'm still here 46 years later.
While many are used to the cold that comes with the winter season, not all regions are ready to handle the snow. However, to some students, faculty and staff, snow is a normal part of life on campus.

Below are the top 10 snowiest colleges in the United States, ranked by the school's annual average snowfall.

The list is here.

Of course once the co-eds get used to the weather it ain't too bad.

January 21, 2014

*Ahem* It May Have Escaped Your Notice, But....

A drunk driver hit a man riding a bicycle, lodging the bicyclist in the car's windshield. And then drove home with the fellow still stuck in the windshield.
A Wisconsin man who became lodged in the windshield of a car that struck him said he turned to the driver and said, 'Hello, I'm the guy you hit on the bicycle.'

The driver did not respond, but continued on, running a stop sign and hitting another vehicle before he arrived home, the cyclist, Steven Gove, told local media about the Saturday incident.

The man finally noticed Gove when he stopped the car outside his home.

Story here.

It Went Well

It's been two months today since my knee replacement surgery. After five weeks of rehab I went back to work; that was two and a half weeks ago.

Now I climb seven flights of stairs a day (up and down), do almost a half hour on the exercise bike, work out on my Bow-Flex and do my stretches (but not as often as I should).

My knee is still a little sore and swollen and I can't walk or stand for long periods of time yet, but it gets a little better every day and I thank God for it.

Now I have to figure out when to have the other knee done.

January 20, 2014

Interview This

Is there a pattern developing for Mr. Sherman?

No doubt about it, people get passionate in the pros. And after a three hour battle for the chance to play in the biggest game of the year, players may blow off steam.

Richard Sherman may or may not be as we think he is, let him explain for himself here in his own words.
Erin Andrews interviewed me after the game and I yelled what was obvious: If you put a subpar player across from a great one, most of the time you’re going to get one result. As far as Crabtree being a top-20 NFL receiver, you’d have a hard time making that argument to me. There are a lot of receivers playing good ball out there, and Josh Gordon needed 14 games to produce almost double what Crabtree can do in a full season. And Gordon had Brandon Weeden, Brian Hoyer and Jason Campbell playing quarterback.

But that’s not why I don’t like the man. It goes back to something he said to me this offseason in Arizona, but you’d have to ask him about that. A lot of what I said to Andrews was adrenaline talking, and some of that was Crabtree. I just don’t like him.
We can see that.

More here.

It's His Holiday

New Yorkers Are Crazy

Mayor de Blasio got over 70% of the popular vote in the NYC mayoral election last year. It's like everyone lost their minds.

Now it's time for a reckoning. New Yorkers will be in for a few surprises when this wingnut and his handpicked assortment of leftists get down to business. And business won't like it either.

And what's with all his repeated legal name changes?

Bill de Blasio: the Left's Nutty Professor Transforming New York into a Giant Political Petri Dish

Bill de Blasio swept into office on a pledge to transform New York's 'tale of two cities' by ending income inequality, raising taxes on the evil 1%, doling out free or reduced-cost housing for poor and working-class residents, and establishing that all-important job-creating engine, pre-kindergarten education.

But just three weeks into his tenure as mayor of America's biggest city, the man born Warren Wilhelm in Manhattan 52 years ago has already raised hackles with his many detractors -- and even some of his staunchest supporters.
I would say here that New York deserves better .... but they don't. They elected him.
He has big plans, like requiring private companies to provide mandatory sick leave and forcing developers to build affordable housing, whether they like it or not. And his "universal" pre-K programme would be a nationwide first, taxing the rich to come up with the needed $500m.

To that end, De Blasio is taking a page from Obama, running campaign-style ads to press the policy, and blanketing the city with flyers. "For over 15 years, Albany has promised funding for these programmes - and rarely delivered," the flyers say. "It's time for a new plan."
This maniac must have a picture of Detroit pasted to his bathroom mirror, or Mayor Dinkins.
"With gridlock in Washington, cities are now the place to get things done," says Democratic strategist Mary Anne Marsh. "And there is no bigger stage than New York City. With de Blasio's overwhelming election mandate, if he can implement his proposals and keep the city running well, then that becomes the playbook every progressive will follow."

And as far as those name changes are concerned. This guy wasn't probably vetted (surprise!) by the media. I'd like to see what's going on behind all those names he had. He sounds like Obama.

More here.