Saturday, January 31, 2009

How to get audited by the IRS and make a profit

How 'bout a little humor to start your day, stolen whole hog from Brownell's newsletter:
The IRS decides to audit Grandpa, and summons him to the IRS office. The IRS auditor was not surprised when Grandpa shows up with his attorney.

The auditor said, "Well, sir, you have an extravagant lifestyle and no full-time employment, which you explain by saying that you win money gambling. I'm not sure the IRS finds that believable."

I'm a great gambler, and I can prove it," says Grandpa. "How about a demonstration?"

The auditor thinks for a moment and said, "Okay. Go ahead."

Grandpa says, "I'll bet you a thousand dollars that I can bite my own eye."

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The auditor thinks a moment and says, "It's a bet."

Grandpa removes his glass eye and bites it.

The auditor's jaw drops.

Grandpa says, "Now, I'll bet you two thousand dollars that I can bite my other eye."

Now the auditor can tell Grandpa isn't blind, so he takes the bet.

Grandpa removes his dentures and bites his good eye. The stunned auditor now realizes he has wagered and lost three grand, with Grandpa's attorney as a witness. He starts to get nervous.

"Want to go double or nothing?" Grandpa asks "I'll bet you six thousand dollars that I can stand on one side of your desk, and pee into that wastebasket on the other side, and never get a drop anywhere in between."

The auditor, twice burned, is cautious now, but he looks carefully and decides there's no way this old guy could possibly manage that stunt, so he agrees again.

Grandpa stands beside the desk and unzips his pants, but although he strains mightily, he can't make the stream reach the wastebasket on the other side, so he pretty much urinates all over the auditor's desk.

The auditor leaps with joy, realizing that he has just turned a major loss into a huge win.

But Grandpa's attorney moans and puts his head in his hands.

"Are you okay?" the auditor asks.

"Not really," says the attorney. "This morning, when Grandpa told me he'd been summoned for an audit, he bet me twenty-five thousand dollars that he could come in here and pee all over your desk and that you'd be happy about it."
Say thank you. You're welcome.

Friday, January 30, 2009

What does it mean to be a Republican?

As somebody said, it's always darkest just before it gets pitch black. But in this winter of discontent for all conservatives and Republicans who aren't RINOs, I'm beginning to get a bit hopeful. The complete boycott of Obama's "economic stimulus bill" (AKA "crap sandwich") by Republicans in the House is hopefully the beginning of the return to sanity by the party I've been a member of since James Earl Carter Jr. ran me out of the Democrat party in 1977. I said then that never again would I vote for a liberal Democrat. (I sorta broke that pledge to vote for Hillary in the primary, but Rush told me to, so I did it. It didn't work to stop the Obama nomination, but at least I can say I tried.)

Anyway, here's a video from the "Rebuild the Party" YouTube channel that gives me hope.

Let us work together to return the GOP to Joe the Plumber, Sarah Palin and the proud traditions and principles laid down by Ronald Reagan, Teddy Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln.

And speaking of Rush Limbaugh, guess who Obama has already decided is his Enemy # Uno? I'll give this to the President, he's right about this. Rush led the charge that gave the House Republicans the backbone to unanimously refuse to swallow Obama's "crap sandwich" stimulus.

And MSNBC, surprise, surprise, doesn't like Rush one little bit, calling the GOP vote "a big mistake" for failing to bow down to His High and Mighty Obamaness. Oh really? We shall see. Last opinion poll I read shows the public support for the "stimulus" plan is sinking fast, already well below a majority, down to 42 percent.

Thank God for Rush Limbaugh. He may be the Moses to lead us from the wilderness. Again.

Back to the future in the Middle East with Jimmy Carter III

I wonder if Barack Obama is so young and ignorant of history that he doesn't know what happened the last time we had a liberal Democrat President who bent over backwards trying to make Islamic "friends"?

I refer, of course, to James Earl Carter Jr., whose long, miserable four years in office led to the Arab oil embargo that crippled our national economy and the Iranian terrorists' takeover of our embassy there leading to 444 days of American hostages held by our Islamic "friends."

As usual, Charles Krauthammer provides a history lesson to point out the utterly astonishing stupidity of Obama's speech about the need for the U.S. to become "friends" with Islam again.

Is it "new" to acknowledge Muslim interests and show respect to the Muslim world? Obama doesn't just think so, he said so again to millions in his al-Arabiya interview, insisting on the need to "restore" the "same respect and partnership that America had with the Muslim world as recently as 20 or 30 years ago."

Astonishing. In these most recent 20 years -- the alleged winter of our disrespect of the Islamic world -- America did not just respect Muslims, it bled for them. It engaged in five military campaigns, every one of which involved -- and resulted in -- the liberation of a Muslim people: Bosnia, Kosovo, Kuwait, Afghanistan and Iraq.

The two Balkan interventions -- as well as the failed 1992-93 Somali intervention to feed starving African Muslims (43 Americans were killed) -- were humanitarian exercises of the highest order, there being no significant U.S. strategic interest at stake. In these 20 years, this nation has done more for suffering and oppressed Muslims than any nation, Muslim or non-Muslim, anywhere on earth. Why are we apologizing?

And what of that happy U.S.-Muslim relationship that Obama imagines existed "as recently as 20 or 30 years ago" that he has now come to restore? Thirty years ago, 1979, saw the greatest U.S.-Muslim rupture in our 233-year history: Iran's radical Islamic revolution, the seizure of the U.S. embassy, the 14 months of America held hostage.

Which came just a few years after the Arab oil embargo that sent the United States into a long and punishing recession. Which, in turn, was preceded by the kidnapping and cold-blooded execution by Arab terrorists of the U.S. ambassador in Sudan and his charge d'affaires.

This is to say nothing of the Marine barracks massacre of 1983, and the innumerable attacks on U.S. embassies and installations around the world during what Obama now characterizes as the halcyon days of U.S.-Islamic relations.

As my dear wife has commented, Sir Charles can say more with fewer words than anybody when he cuts through the smog of fuzzy liberal thinking to lay bare the truth of what's going on here.

Exhibit 2 on Obama's stupidity/blindness/whatever on how to be "friends" to Iran.
Barack Obama is drafting a letter to the "Iranian people," which, as the linked BBC piece points out, is designed to reassure the delightfully cordial Mahmoud Ahmadinejad:

State department officials have composed at least three drafts of the letter, which gives assurances that Washington does not want to overthrow the Islamic regime, but merely seeks a change in its behaviour.

In other words, Barack Obama intends to validate the repressive regime that currently perpetrates numerous (and heinous) human rights violations. And it will make the lives of dissenters infinitely more difficult.

Jimmy Carter didn't get it, when he played pen pals with Iran's leadership in 1988. And now, it seems, neither does the Obama administration.

I rest my case. God help the U.S. of A. And please Lord, lead us out of this 4-year nightmare.

The British called - They want their guns back!

The British government banned guns nationwide and guess what happened? Gun crime is up 40% since the gun ban. Imagine that, criminals with guns who take advantage of legal unarmed citizens.

Take 9 minutes and watch this video for a preview of what America will be like if it happens here.

If you're a gun owner, or want to be, there's only one nationwide organization that's fighting for your gun rights. Join the National Rifle Association. If you're a gun owner and not a member, you oughta be ashamed of yourself.

Thursday, January 29, 2009

Some like it hot, some like it cold... Obama switch hits

My friend Mary Katharine Ham nailed His Mighty Obamaness, who never does any wrong. This was so good I just stole her whole post from The Weekly Standard on Obama and the weather.

Perhaps it's the weather that's confusing President Obama. After all, anyone could be thrown for a loop when Al Gore is testifying on the Hill as to the impending doom of the planet Earth due to global warming while the Hill is blanketed in snow and ice.

Maybe that's why Obama was ridiculing Washington, D.C. residents for their panicky response to several inches of snow on Tuesday:

"Can I make a comment unrelated to the economy?" -- and launched into weather remarks (please check transcript):

"My children's school was canceled today, because of what? Some ice," he said, and all at the table started laughing.

"As my children pointed out, in Chicago school is never canceled," he said, joking about how kids go out for recess on snow days. More laughter.

POTUS said he would have to instill "some flinty Chicago toughness" into Washingtonians.

"When it comes to the weather, folks in Washington don't seem to be able to handle things," POTUS said.

Only to have David Axelrod explain the change in Oval Office dress code (no jackets required) by invoking Obama's Hawaiian roots, just days later:

The capital flew into a bit of a tizzy when, on his first full day in the White House, President Obama was photographed in the Oval Office without his suit jacket. There was, however, a logical explanation: Mr. Obama, who hates the cold, had cranked up the thermostat.

“He’s from Hawaii, O.K.?” said Mr. Obama’s senior adviser, David Axelrod, who occupies the small but strategically located office next door to his boss. “He likes it warm. You could grow orchids in there.”

We D.C. folks could stand to learn a few lessons from this flinty Chicagoan who is ready to brave the 50-foot, indoor commute to his office in a 75-degree White House.

Update: Heyyyyy, wait just a second. Who was it that lectured us about how we can't keep our thermostats at 72 degrees?

Oh, that's right. Obama, On Your Shoulder.

And while we're talking about clueless, believe what I say, not what I do President Obama, here's another one I gotta steal from MKH, how Obama can't find the Oval Office door.
President Obama tries to walk into the Oval Office through a window, somehow escapes weeks of wall-to-wall coverage and ridicule of mistake.
Stop, MKH, I can't stand anymore right now. Whew. Gimme a minute to catch my breath.

Bill Kristol, Carlos Slim and The Gray Lady's Last Dance

Perhaps my favorite columnist, Emmett Tyrell, honcho of the best conservative magazine on the planet, The American Specator, has the inside story on why The Noo Yawk Times has seen fit to purge its ranks of the sole token conservative on its op-ed page or the entire staff, Bill Kristol.
I can report on copper-bottom authority that The New York Times let Kristol go owing to public health concerns. As the Times' financial condition has grown fragile, the publisher of the Times, Arthur Ochs Sulzberger Jr., has become apprehensive that Kristol's conservative views could endanger the health of some of the newspaper's neurotic liberal readers. During the past year, readers unexpectedly encountering Kristol in the otherwise lenitive company of Paul Krugman and Bob Herbert have complained on the correspondence page of various discomforts. None appeared life-threatening, but what if an aged environmentalist or an infirm McGovernite lost in reveries of 1972 actually suffered a coronary? The trial lawyers would move upon the Times in an instant. Sulzberger might not survive.

Of course, the Times might not survive anyway. It labors under $1.1 billion of debt. So precarious are its finances that it recently had to accept a $250 million loan from a Mexican with the unlikely name of Carlos Slim. Whether he really is a Mexican is not clear, and the Times' team of investigative reporters is now so tiny that executive editor Bill Keller has not been able to spare even one reporter to inquire. So far as I have been able to ascertain, no reporter has even googled to verify Mr. Slim's nationality. He might be Portuguese. He could be dangerously overweight. Actually, I am told that investigative reporters at the Times now, in an effort to economize, rarely leave their offices and conduct many of their investigations on the telephone. Mr. Sulzberger likes them to call collect.
Carlos Slim? I knew the old Gray Lady was on her last legs but I hadn't considered how shaky The NY Times must be if they're staying afloat with a loan from an unknown Mexican benefactor. I'd say since the last conservative has left, it's time to turn out the lights in Noo Yawk. The old Gray Lady is taking her last dance as midnight approaches. All I can say is don't let the doorknob hit ya where the Good Lord split ya. Say good bye to the Noo Yawk Times.

And if you haven't already, say hello to Bill Kristol and The Weekly Standard and especially the Weekly Standard Blog. While there, be sure to read anything by my beautiful young friend, Mary Katharine Ham, who keeps up with the crazy world events in The Daily Grind.

'The Liberal Victimhood Game' and how it plays voters

What do Rod Blagojevich, Caroline Kennedy, Hillary Clinton, U.S. Rep. Carolyn McCarthy and President Barack Obama all have in common, other than they're liberal Democrats?

They're all victims. Or more accurately, they have used the cloak of victimhood as they rose to power in politics. I'll let Ann Coulter explain. Nobody explains liberals and how they manipulate their way into power better than Ann in her column today: Liberal Victimhood: A Game You Can Play at Home

I notice that liberals have not challenged the overall thesis of my rocketing bestseller, "Guilty: Liberal 'Victims' and Their Assault on America," which is that liberals always play the victim in order to advance, win advantages and oppress others.

I guess that would be hard to do when the corrupt Democratic governor of Illinois is running around comparing himself to Nelson Mandela, Martin Luther King Jr. and Mahatma Gandhi.

Indeed, you can't turn on the TV without seeing some liberal playing victim to score the game-winning point.

You really need to read the whole thing to understand how liberal "victims" weasel their way to power with the considerable help of the liberal-dominated mainstream media, of course.

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

The Second Coming of James Earl Carter Jr./III?

You gotta love somebody who agrees with you and Michael Medved read my mind this morning by comparing the early days of President Obama's administration to the disastrous presidency of James Earl Carter Jr, who Medved calls "the century's worst president."

Back during the campaign it occurred to me that Obama's promises to bring the wonders of socialism to our government sounded a lot like Jimmy Carter and I created the campaign poster at right for a blog post. BTW, that guy on the right looks like Carter with whiskers, but it's not, it's another famous socialist, Lenin. Same, same. I picked him because Obama's own campaign icon of himself bears a striking resemblance to Lenin's huge posters of himself hung all over mother Russia. And like Lenin demanded and got of the masses in Russia, the mainstream media and masses were then and now bowing down in worship of their new messiah, Socialist Barack Obama.

Here's a bit from Medved's reflections on the second coming of Jimmy Carter:

In the sweep of recent history, James Earl Carter, Jr., stands utterly alone in leading his party to capture the White House with overwhelming Congressional majorities (61 Senators, 292 members of the House – far bigger margins than Obama!) and then, after a brief four year demonstration of almost unimaginable ineptitude, handing the reins of government back to the opposition.

In looking ahead to the Obama administration, no one wants an economic or foreign policy repetition of the nightmarish Carter years – the Republic can hardly afford that sort of long-term damage.

But GOP loyalists should legitimately hope that the new president does manage to follow Little Jimmy’s political example – repeating the Carteresque feat of losing the presidency for his party after a single term of office.

In this regard, President Obama’s first week has already provided a promising start—displaying some of the nastiness, small-mindedness, insecurity, and self-righteousness that notably characterized the Georgia Peanut. The Inaugural Address included graceless digs at President Bush that undermined the promised theme of “unity,” while touchy, grumpy comments to the White House press corps stunned reporters who had previously displayed their infatuation with the new president. The odd remarks scolding Republicans with a reminder that “I won” and warning them not to listen to Rush Limbaugh, hardly characterize a self-confident, optimistic, coalition-building leader in the style of FDR, JFK or Ronald Reagan.

Maybe, like Carter, Obama will bury himself in his own hubris and we'll get rid of him in just four years. That's about as optimistic as I can get. But good Lord, he can do a lot of damage in four years. Will we still have a republic standing after four years of Obama-Carter socialism?

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Why not?

Saturday, January 17, 2009

Seeking answers for our nation: American Solutions

Did you sign the "Drill Here, Drill Now!" petition, like I did? If so, you're part of a countrywide movement led by a group called American Solutions. Here's a video of what they're about.
From igniting the energy debate with the Drill Here, Drill Now petition, to developing the Platform of the American People, to pushing a message of education reform at the Republican and Democratic Conventions, to colloborating on solutions for the economy during the second annual Solutions Day, we've worked hard to be your voice this past year.

In 2008, American Solutions grew to 1.7 million members and we wouldn't be here today without your help and support.

Take a moment to watch one of our members of Louisville, Kentucky tell the story of 2008:

Obama's 'regulatory czar' is anti-hunting PETA wingnut

Just got a alert about an unknown Harvard professor who Obama has slated to become his "regulatory czar." Sounds harmless until you look at what this guy believes. For starters, all hunting should be outlawed! Animals can sue humans in court! Really. Can't wait.

Forget about Barack Obama's income tax-challenged Treasury Secretary or the conflict of interest controversy at the State Department. The most outrageous Obama appointee just might be Cass Sunstein, a Harvard Law School professor who's flying under everyone's radar and into a job that hardly anyone has ever heard of.

Cass Sunstein is slated to run the White House's Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs. He's going to be America's chief "regulatory czar." And shocking new research from the Center for Consumer Freedom shows that he's a dedicated animal-rights zealot.

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Hold on to your sirloin.

The anti-meat nuts at People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) and the anti-hunting lobbyists at the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) used to think that putting Dennis Kucinich in the White House would be their best hope of wielding real power in Washington . But even they didn't see Cass Sunstein coming. Sunstein has the legal mind of Chief Justice John Roberts and the animal-rights agenda of PETA president Ingrid Newkirk.

We're not talking about animal welfare---the idea of making sure we don't cause animals unnecessary suffering when we use them for food, clothing, entertainment, or lifesaving medical research. Sunstein believes in animal rights---the notion that people shouldn't "own" or "use" animals at all, for any purpose, no matter what the stakes are for mankind.

Cancer research? Not if lab rats are used against their will.

Hunting? Absolutely forbidden, especially if it's for sport.

Leather jackets? The cows need their skin more that you do.

Seeing-eye dogs? They're nothing more than slaves.

And that T-bone steak? Fuhgeddaboudit! If animals have any "rights" at all, the right to not be your dinner is at the top of the list.

All of this makes perfect sense to Cass Sunstein, who organized the "Chicago Project on Animal Treatment Principles" at the University of Chicago. He will soon have the political authority to push for a radical overhaul of the way the federal government regulates everything Americans do with animals.

How radical? Sunstein supports making sport hunting illegal, and completely phasing out the consumption of meat. And if that's not nutty enough, he's actually in favor of giving animals the legal right to sue people.

Think we're joking? Think again. Here's what Sunstein wrote in his 2004 book, Animal Rights: Current Debates and New Directions:

"[A]nimals should be permitted to bring suit, with human beings as their representatives ... Any animals that are entitled to bring suit would be represented by (human) counsel, who would owe guardian like obligations and make decisions, subject to those obligations, on their clients' behalf."

Conservative commentators have been openly fretting that Barack Obama may try to turn welfare entitlements and single-payer healthcare into a new Bill of Rights. But Cass Sunstein threatens to expand the whole concept of "rights" to include the rest of the animal kingdom.

That fish wriggling at the end of your hook could soon be a federal offense (if the fish doesn't file a lawsuit first). Don't say we didn't warn you.

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Pre-inauguration Chicago politics as usual for Obama

So far, so bad, to turn a phrase. President-elect Barack Obama hasn't been sworn in yet, but so far, its been Chicago politics as usual. No surprise. As Dr. Phil says, How's that working out for you? New TV Ad points out that Obama has faltered in his initial decisions - seeking billions of taxpayer dollars for federal bailouts and surrounding himself with a team of individuals mired in scandals.

From OurCountryPAC

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Who lit the fuse to set off "The Big Bang"?

Got a couple of hours to consider the most fundamental question in the universe, who laid the zillion tons of dynamite and lit the fuse for the Big Bang? Watch the below video from CrossExamined Blog between Christian author Frank Turek and atheist author Christopher Hitchens as they debate the origin of the universe and whether God had anything to do with it.

Frank Turek writes the short version here at, including this teaser:

When I debated atheist Christopher Hitchens recently, one of the eight arguments I offered for God’s existence was the creation of this supremely fine-tuned universe out of nothing. I spoke of the five main lines of scientific evidence—denoted by the acronym SURGE—that point to the definite beginning of the space-time continuum. They are: The Second Law of Thermodynamics, the Expanding Universe, the Radiation Afterglow from the Big Bang Explosion, the Great galaxy seeds in the Radiation Afterglow, and Einstein’s Theory of General Relativity.

While I don’t have space to unpack this evidence here (see I Don’t Have Enough Faith to Be an Atheist), it all points to the fact that the universe began from literally nothing physical or temporal. Once there was no time, no space, and no matter and then it all banged into existence out of nothing with great precision.

Turek vs. Hitchens Debate: Does God Exist? from Andrew Ketchum on Vimeo.

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

My new Gun Shop career-change launches today

Today is the first day of the rest of my life. Really. I got laid off yesterday at my full-time job as a technical writer/photographer for a local industry. A recession is when other folks are getting laid off. A depression is when you get laid off. But I ain't in no depression. The Good Lord looks out for fools and drunks and me, too. I have already been working part-time in a local gun shop and today I start my latest new career, full-time. I've been keeping pretty busy just doing pages for one gun shop. Now I plan to add two or three or four more, as many as it takes to add up to one full-time job. Let's see, I started out in '75 right out of Missouri U J-School as a photojournalist and since I've worked at newspapers doing that, worked for a health-food business as webmaster and catalog creator, worked as a full-time web developer for an Internet business, worked for myself as a web designer (poorest paying boss I ever had), taught classes in web design and Photoshop at a community college and then worked as a technical writer/photographer for the past four and half years. And guess what business ain't suffering from the recession but is actually booming? Gun shops. Is God's plan perfect or what?

So this is career change number six and counting. Time to go to work. See y'all later. Among the many things I love about working at the gun shop is I can go to work with open carry. Hoo-ra!

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Sunday, January 11, 2009

Ruger playing shell game with new Tatical Mini-14

Ruger is playing "hide the assault weapon," for some strange reason.

Now you see it, now you don't is the game Ruger Firearms is playing with a new Tactical Mini-14 with folding stock. What's up wid dat? Here's the image that was on the site, nabbed by Firearm Blog, plus a screen cap from the Ruger site before the page disappeared.

Certainly good news for Gun Nutz 'R' Us, a folding tactical stock for a Mini-14, just in time for the Obama Assault Weapons Ban, coming to a gun store near you as soon as he can.

Features, from the now-missing page at the Ruger site, are:
* Folding and collapsible stock
* Ergonomic pistol grip
* 20 round magazine
* Quad rails
* Polymer stock
What's not to like? Personally I was leaning more toward the Ruger Mini-14 Target Model, which does something no Mini-14 has done before, hit exactly what you're shooting at, as in:
"The heavy barrel Mini-14® Target Rifle delivers minute of angle accuracy when tuned using the adjustable harmonic dampener."
Regular Mini-14s deliver something closer to hour of angle accuracy, sorta in the same ballpark, but it's a semi-auto so you can saturate the zone with 20 rounds of .223, as in spray and pray.

But if you're gonna shoot a spray and pray model, it is nice to have folding stock on it. Whatever.

Just thought I'd post something on guns on a Sunday evening and this is it. See y'all later.

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

No-experience President names no-experience CIA chief

I haven’t been blogging about incoming President Barack Obama on purpose. Figured I ought to at least let him get in office before I start taking shots at him (rhetorically).

But his appointment of former Clinton White House Chief of Staff Leon Panetta as his pick for CIA Director has not only blown my cool, it’s also raising hackles and getting outright criticism of Obama for the first time on Capitol Hill. And that’s just from the Democrats all up on their dew claws.

On Capitol Hill, Democrats on the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence were still stewing over Obama not consulting them on the choice before it was leaked Monday and continued to question Panetta's intelligence experience. Vice President-elect Joseph R. Biden Jr. acknowledged that the transition team had made a "mistake" in not consulting or even notifying congressional leaders, and Obama telephoned committee Chairman Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) and her predecessor, Sen. John D. Rockefeller IV (D-W.Va.), yesterday to apologize.

Note Biden said it was a “mistake” to stiff-arm the Democrats on the Hill, not that it was a mistake to choose Panetta with no qualifications.

David Ignatius at The Washington Post, who of course is an Obama supporter, tries to make a good case for Panetta’s appointment.

As White House chief of staff during the second Clinton term, Panetta was one of the few people who could discipline the omnivorous President Bill Clinton. He sat in on the daily intelligence briefings as chief of staff, and he reviewed the nation's most secret intelligence-collection and covert-action programs in his previous post as director of the Office of Management and Budget.

Now that really gives me the warm fuzzies. Panetta could discipline Clinton? On what and when did it happen during the eight years of the most undisciplined president in our nation’s history? Omnivorous is a very good description of Clinton and Panetta didn’t curb his undisciplined appetites. Where was Panetta when Monica was under the desk?

During those eight years, Panetta and Clinton were busy doing something but it wasn’t paying attention to Osama bin Laden and Al-Qaeda’s alarming spread from local Mideast terrorists to worldwide terrorists. U.S Embassies were bombed, USS Cole bombed; Clinton and Panetta fiddled while the world caught on fire, bowing out stage left just prior to 9-11 when the threat of Osama finally became obvious to the world.

And that’s Panetta’s only “experience” claim to be CIA director, in charge of the most crucial agency in charge of our national security? Yikes!

Even The Washington Post newswriters don’t agree with Ignatius’ rosy view of Panetta as “experienced” in intelligence from his Clinton post.

A (CIA) official who had worked with President Bill Clinton's national security team while Panetta was chief of staff said he had no recollection of Panetta taking an active role in intelligence briefings or discussions of CIA policy and practice.

"He just didn't make an impression," said the official, who also spoke on the condition of anonymity so he could discuss the matter freely.

There at the daily intelligence briefings with Clinton, but asleep at the switch. Wow, that really makes me feel a lot better, how about you?

We’re in for a long, cold eight years. A President with no executive experience himself is going to staff the agency in charge of our security with someone just like him, no experience at spying, or even listening to talk about it. Panetta will be a disaster added to the coming Obama disaster.

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

10mm Pistol's Demise 'Greatly Exaggerated'

In addition to being gun nut in general and a pistol nut in particular, I'm even more peculiar than that. I'm a weird caliber lover. Love .357 Sig. Love .44 Special. Love 9x25mm (DoubleTap only).

Had a brief fling with .38 Super and 9x23mm Winchester, but they didn't work out. Not due to the calibers but because the barrel to convert my Glock 20 was "experiental" and it wouldn't feed properly. I'm still hopeful of a conversion barrel for my G20 that will actually work.

But until then, I am also a certified 10mm nut. First pistol I bought after 9/11 was a S&W 1076, the FBI duty weapon from 1990-95 until the feds wimped out and went with .40 S&W. I traded it straight up for a highly customized G29, the "baby" Glock in 10mm with a 3.76" barrel. Can you say pocket rocket? And of course, I also bought a G20 which is fine full-size 10mm pistol. (See my pair of 10's above, G29 and G20.)

And lo and behold, after being written off as dead, 10mm caliber is making a comeback, almost as if it's quoting Mark Twain, saying "Reports of my demise have been greatly exaggerated."

One of my gun-nut buddies says:
10mm is making a little bit of a comeback:

Glock is supposed to release the G20SF and G29SF this month.

Colt is making a new 1911 Delta Elite 10mm that should be out soon.

EAA has a bunch of 10mm options.
The latter refers to European-American Armory, which imports the full line of Italian Tangfolio pistols which are available in compact, full-size and even long slide with scope mounts in 10mm, as well as .38 Super, 9mm, .40 S&W and .45 ACP. Swap a slide and you got any caliber you want.

And now in other 10mm comeback news, the daddy rabbit of all the 10mm pistols, the very first one which was almost still-born, the Bren Ten, may be resurrected soon under a new name!
Tucson, AZ - Feb 01, 2008 - Vltor Weapon Systems today announced the launch of the Fortis Pistol Project, a modern version of the famous Bren Ten style pistol.
Originally released in 1982, the Bren Ten pistol was designed to advance the state of the art in handgun technology. Designed to fill the need for a full size, full power, double action pistol, the Bren Ten created immense interest as a potent choice for law enforcement and military use.
Developed as a pistol and cartridge combination, the Bren Ten was the first production pistol to chamber the powerful 10mm Auto cartridge. In its original loading, the 10mm Auto was capable of launching a 170gr buller at 1,300 fps - generating over 600ft/lb of muzzle energy.
Unfortunately, the original Bren Ten and its successor fell victim to business management and financial problems - but the demand for a high quality American made, full size, double action pistol has still not been filled.

According to Eric Kincel, the General Manager for Vltor, the Bren Ten may have truly been a design that was ahead of its time; "Now is the time to make this pistol. With today's precision manufacturing techniques and the superior materials available, the Fortis will be a pistol line that is everything people hoped previous attempts would be."
Eric pointed out that the Fortis is nearly identical to the original Bren Ten in exterior appearance and ergonomics, but that some changes have been made to improve reliability, safety and strength. "The Fortis, while based on a twwnty-five year old idea, is very unique. It offers a high tech, high quality pistol that more than fills the demands for a full size, magnum power auto loader."

The first released Fortis will be a "duty gun", a full size, all steel, high capacity 10mm Auto that will reliably answer the call of professionals and sportsmen that rely on a good pistol. However, Eric is quick to point out that the Fortis Project is a line of pistols based on one common design. "There will be other versions of the Fortis...different calibers, sizes and options specific to certain applications." When asked if they intend on releasing a faithful reproduction of the original Bren Ten, Eric's answer was simply "We sure want to".

Fortis Pistol Proposed Specifications (subject to change in final production)

* Manufacturer - Vltor Weapon Systems
* Model - Fortis (original release)
* Type - autoloading pistol
* Operation - Semi-automatic, Double/single action
* Caliber - 10mm Auto (others to follow)
* Barrel length - 5.00"
* Overall length - 8.75"
* Height - 5.75"
* Width - 1.30"
* Weight - 38 ounces
* Safety - reversible thumb and firing pin block
* Sight radius - 6.88"
* Sights - Adjustable, 3-Dot combat style
* Rifling - 5 Groove, radiused, RH twist
* Stocks - Engraved polymer panels
* Capacity 0 12 rounds
* Finish - Black Steel Slide and Subdued Finish Stainless Frame" and
From the most recent entry on the Vltor-Fortis Pistol blog, Dec. 10, 08:

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Fortis Pistol receivers after undergoing final QC inspection and waiting for the machine operations -- by the time you read this, they will be being made into the last run of pre-production guns, the next round will be for delivery!
Last word is they're shooting for SHOT '09 for the unveiling of the new Fortis/Bren Ten II, which is Jan. 15-18 in Orlando, Fl.

No photos of the complete Fortis pistol on their site except this thumbnail.
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Here's what some of the originals look like from, the definitive source:
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Sounds like a good plan to me.

Thursday, January 1, 2009

What iz it? It'z a Browning BDM 9mm Ambi Pistol

One of my gun nut buddies identified the "What iz it" gun photo I posted earlier. Ain't it great to have gun nut buddies all over the world linked up on the Wide Wonderful Web?

I shoulda known, it's a Browning. See that little Buckmark logo at the top of the grip right behind the trigger? That's what detectives call a clue.

Next photo down is a Browning BDM from the World Guns site, which gives the nomenclature.

"BDM stands for the Browning Double Mode (or Dual Mode), and it means that the pistol can be had in either traditional Double Action mode or in Double Action Only Mode ... in the same gun, and the change of mode can take a split a second, not more.

"It is done via the small slotted switch in the left side of the slide. The switch has two positions, marked "P" and "R". P stands for Pistol, or DA mode, R stands for revolver, or DAO mode. The switch can be turned from one position to another by any sharp-tipped tool such a knife, screwdriver or even a coin. BDM is equipped with ambidextrous, frame-mounted safety / decocker levers. To engage safety (and decock the hammer in DA mode) one must pull the lever down, and the lever will stay in this position. To disengage safety the lever must be pulled up, so a red dot will show on the frame."

And the last photo is a current Browning by FN, the Hi-Power Mark II 9mm, which also a lefty-friendly thumb safety on the right side in addition to one on the normal left side for righties.

Mystery solved. I'll be on the lookout for one of those Browning BDMs, now out of production.

Another of my gun nut buddies also came up with a link to a fellow gun nut who hacked an inch off the grip and 3/4" off the slide and barrel to create a short Browning BDM.

What iz it? Plus, How You Can Make A Difference

Was reading stuff this morning online and saw this, which is identified only as a 9mm pistol in a gun shop in Sacramento, Calif. What the heck is it?

It got my attention because it has a thumb safety on the wrong side, so to speak, the right side, which is what us lefty shooters really appreciate.

I downloaded it and opened it up in Photoshop for a closer look but the writing on the slide it too pixelated to read. If anybody knows, speak up.

It was displayed with an interesting column on College Students Seek to Use Concealed-Carry Permits by William Perry Pendley.
One minute, Suzanne was eating lunch with her mother and father. The next, the happy hubbub of the restaurant was silenced when a pickup truck crashed through the brick, mortar, and glass. How could that happen? The driver emerged, but Suzanne noticed he wasn’t dazed or drunk; he was angry and purposeful. Then, she saw the guns. He stepped over the debris and began to shoot patrons. She must be dreaming. Her father leaped to his feet, charged the gunman, was shot, and fell to the floor. When the gunman turned his back to shoot others, she remembered: she had a gun! Where was it? She had to find her gun! Oh no, it was in her car. She crawled, then ran toward a window to escape, to get her gun, and to return to save her mother. Was it only a nightmare?
The scene is the infamous murders in Luby's Cafeteria in Killeen, Texas. Suzanne is Dr. Suzanna Gratia Hupp, a chiropractor who became one of the nation's most effective advocates of concealed-carry laws for civilians after that 1991 incident, leading to a "shall issue" carry law in Texas in 1995 and has since spread to almost all states, with a few exceptions.
The massacre that killed Dr. Hupp’s parents was the deadliest shooting rampage in American history, that is, it was until the Virginia Tech Massacre of April 17, 2007, when 32 were killed and 17 wounded. Subsequently, on February 14, 2008, a gunman killed 6 and wounded 18 at Northern Illinois University. Little wonder, therefore, that students on CU’s campuses in Boulder, Denver, and Colorado Springs—who have a license to carry concealed weapons almost anywhere else in Colorado—wish to exercise that right in what, in their view, is one of the most dangerous settings they will encounter: “a gun-free zone.”
Students for Concealed Carry on Campus (SCCC), a national advocacy group with over 30,000 members that supports the legalization of concealed carry by licensed individuals on college campuses, agrees. Last month, SCCC, two CU students and a recent CU graduate filed a lawsuit in Colorado state court seeking a ruling that CU’s policy is illegal and unconstitutional!
See what one determined person can do when they set their mind to it?