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Posted by Jeff Soyer on 22 Apr 2014 10:32 am

From WDBJ 7TV:

Sales are booming for silencers, the cylindrical devices used to muffle gunfire.

The civilian market for silencers soared 37% in 2013, when the total number shot up to nearly a half a million, according to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives registry. That’s compared to 360,000 in 2012 and 285,000 in 2011.

Silencers are so popular that there’s a nine-month wait to have a registration approved by the ATF, according to Ben Shim, a certified firearms instructor and gun industry analyst with CRT Capital Group in Stamford, Conn.

Silencers are just about the only thing illegal in Vermont — gun wise.

BTW, arthritis is still bad, hence the light or late postings.

Posted by Jeff Soyer on 21 Apr 2014 07:08 am

At least in the short term . . . And note that this study isn’t something the eco-nuts can claim is a ‘conservative lie’ propogated by ‘big oil companies.’ It’s the AP reporting and the study was paid for by the U.S. government:

Biofuels made from the leftovers of harvested corn plants are worse than gasoline for global warming in the short term, a study shows, challenging the Obama administration’s conclusions that they are a much cleaner oil alternative and will help combat climate change.

A $500,000 study paid for by the federal government and released Sunday in the peer-reviewed journal Nature Climate Change concludes that biofuels made with corn residue release 7 percent more greenhouse gases in the early years compared with conventional gasoline.

The Obama administration immediately criticized the report because it doesn’t fit the narrative.

Posted by Jeff Soyer on 21 Apr 2014 04:53 am

From Business-Standard:

In a breakthrough, Cambridge scientists have discovered a bizarre new property in the nuclei of embryonic stem cells that could pave the way for gen-next bulletproof vests.

Stem cells - the body’s master cells - demonstrate the property never before seen at a cellular level, scientists said.

The property - known as auxeticity - is one which may have application as wide-ranging as soundproofing, super-absorbent sponges and bulletproof vests, they said.

Not much more at the link, which is a little short on details.

Posted by Jeff Soyer on 21 Apr 2014 03:59 am

Unwisely, I believe. Most other gun shop owners agree.

Posted by Jeff Soyer on 21 Apr 2014 03:54 am

From Townhall:

It has been three and a half years since I first covered the case of a Washington State prosecutor targeting Kitsap Rifle & Revolver Club (KRRC) Executive Officer Marcus Carter. Unbelievably, Kitsap County Prosecuting Attorney Russ Hauge, a Democrat, has still not stopped his witch hunt, even though his waste of millions of dollars of taxpayers’ money for almost 15 years has resulted in no convictions against Carter.

Read the whole thing. Tar and feathers for Hauge.

Posted by Jeff Soyer on 21 Apr 2014 03:44 am

From Susan Stamper at the Appeal-Democrat:

What group historically despised the free market, embraced policies like government-supplied jobs, guaranteed retirement and free healthcare? They were zealous animal rights advocates, promoted gun control, abortion and euthanasia. They were fanatical environmentalists, endorsed a healthy lifestyle, railed against smoking, promoted organic veganism and sponsored alternative medicine. And in their universities, they promoted racial quotas and held to strict, politically correct, speech codes.

The Democratic Party you say? Not quite. The correct answer points to one of the most reviled groups in history — the Nazis during the 1930s. Their motto, “Gemeinnutz geht vor Eigennutz,” loosely translated meant: Service before self; the good of the many is more important than the good of the individual. The motto was nothing more than propaganda; meant to make you feel good, and not much more; a feel-good sentence for a very bad agenda.

An interesting read with some more facts that should make Democrats think twice about their agenda.

I’d also recommend this article from a while back.

Posted by Jeff Soyer on 20 Apr 2014 02:57 am

The full and official list is here.

Here are the novels:

Ancillary Justice, Ann Leckie (Orbit US/Orbit UK)

Neptune’s Brood, Charles Stross (Ace / Orbit UK)

Parasite, Mira Grant (Orbit US/Orbit UK)

Warbound, Book III of the Grimnoir Chronicles, Larry Correia (Baen Books)

The Wheel of Time, Robert Jordan and Brandon Sanderson (Tor Books)

Posted by Jeff Soyer on 19 Apr 2014 03:00 am

Or rather, you don’t need to. From NBC News:

Maryland health officials are investigating possible cases of food poisoning at what may be the worst-ever venue — a gathering of government and industry leaders attending a national Food Safety Summit.

At least four people called the Baltimore City Health Department this week to report that they developed diarrhea, nausea and other symptoms about 12 hours after eating a meal April 9 during the conference at the Baltimore Convention Center.

Posted by Jeff Soyer on 19 Apr 2014 02:40 am

From the Boston Herald:

U.S. District Court Judge Richard Stearns ruled that Michael Wesson of Salisbury and Thomas Woods of Natick have a Second Amendment right to own firearms despite being convicted of possessing weed in the past. Sterns said the portion of the Massachusetts Gun Control Act that disqualifies gun applicants who had previously been convicted of possessing a controlled substance was unconstitutional, as applied to the two men.

“What they are seeking is a vindication of their personal Second Amendment rights to purchase and possess firearms for home self-defense,” Stearns wrote. “They also seek, as an extension of the core right of home self-defense, the right, subject to reasonable restrictions, to transport firearms to a shooting range or other lawful location to maintain proficiency in their use.”

Good.

Posted by Jeff Soyer on 18 Apr 2014 02:17 pm

They’re silent. Absolutely silent. Progressives; liberals, not a peep of outrage. Because Muslims:

Roughly 25 Muslim drivers dispatched to Cleveland Hopkins International Airport are refusing to drive cabs adorned with advertising for the region’s upcoming Gay Games, citing religious reasons.

Two of the three companies operating at Ohio’s largest airport were informed by the drivers — one-third of the airport’s total fleet — last week that they will no longer participate in the airport’s dedicated taxicab program. The companies, Ace and Yellow Taxi Cab, were told by the drivers that their decision was based on religious reasons, airport spokeswoman Jacqueline Mayo told FoxNews.com.

I’m gay, so I can say this: The professional-victim fags of the liberal and gay communities were outraged that newly appointed Mozilla CEO Brendan Eich — in 2008 — held the exact same position that their own, chosen one, Obama, held on gay marriage. Eich made a donation to Prop 8 in California (with his own money, without fanfare, not involving Mozilla, etc.) and he was — in 2014 — hounded out of his job.

A photographer and a baker were hounded and sued for not wanting to (for religious reasons) photograph or bake a wedding cake for gay weddings.

Somehow this is different because… These 25 Muslims are refusing to do their job because of a Gay Games advertisement on the taxi cabs. I just — as of this writing — checked Huffington Post, Salon, and Slate. Not an ‘effing peep that these Muslims should lose their jobs, or that this is outrageous and “out-of-step with current society or with” blah, blah, blah.

Fucking hypocrites. You can bet that if it were Christian or Jewish employees refusing to drive the cabs, MSNBC puppets would be frothing at the mouth and Kos Kids would be denouncing the Muslim religion as an evil beyond Satan.

In the Fox article, a spokeswoman for the Gay Games just shrugs it off.

Progressives (liberals, leftists, et al) are the biggest hypocrites on the planet.

Posted by Jeff Soyer on 18 Apr 2014 05:26 am

Not sure why, but my arthritis (hands) is really bad this morning. Too painful to work the keyboard. Talk amongst yourselves.

Posted by Jeff Soyer on 17 Apr 2014 10:32 am

From Bearing Arms:

A 65-year-old man faces an array of charges after he allegedly shot a squirrel in his yard Monday morning.

James Toigo, 258 Housatonic Dr., was charged with unlawful discharge of a firearm, cruelty to an animal, first-degree reckless endangerment, second-degree breach of peace, failure to register an assault rifle and three counts of possessing large-capacity magazines, according to a police press release.

Granted, he violated other ordinances which is what brought the cops to his home in the first place. This confirms what I posted about when I reported that Connecticut State Police weren’t planning to bust-down doors searching for unregistered “assault weapons.” I warned:

Left unsaid is that if they catch you with an unregistered firearm — say during a traffic stop or a domestic violence investigation — they could cite you for that (piling on the charges, as cops are wont to do).

That is what happened here, in this case.

Posted by Jeff Soyer on 17 Apr 2014 05:27 am

From the Herald Tribune:

There is nothing wrong with the somewhat controversial Glock 42 pistol, according to Glock, Inc.

Everything is fine with the much-anticipated .380, says Mike Robinson, a spokesman for the Smyrna, Ga.-based firm.

“We’re still shipping it out,” Robinson said. “It’s not a matter of bad production, in our opinion.”

More than 100 readers would disagree.

I’ve been deluged by emails, comments and phone calls from folks around the country who say the pistol is extremely ammo-sensitive and unreliable — failure-to-feed and failure-to-eject prone.

Much more at the link.

Posted by Jeff Soyer on 17 Apr 2014 05:18 am

At Guns.com, his five strategical blunders.

Posted by Jeff Soyer on 17 Apr 2014 05:11 am

Growing up in the early sixties, everyone in my home played his two 10-inch LP’s at least once a week. His weird humorous songs were so bizarre that, not yet into my teens, I thought I was listening to something clandestine — except that my parents loved him, too. Anyway, of late there’s been several articles about Lehrer (who is still alive, BTW) including this excellent one at BuzzFeed.

He’s also seemingly unconcerned about protecting his work — now, or after his death, as detailed at TechDirt:

While Lehrer has made startlingly little effort to ensure a future for his work, a handful of superfans have filled in the gap. One is Erik Meyn, a Norwegian who manages the Tom Lehrer Wisdom Channel on YouTube, a feed of performance videos and playlists that has received more than 10 million views since 2007. Meyn originally posted content to the channel without Lehrer’s permission and called him from overseas in December 2008 to apologize, a conversation he later posted on the “Tom Lehrer!” Facebook page. An excerpt:

TL: Well, you see, I’m fine with that channel.

EM: You’re very kind. But my question is: Who in your family will take care of your copyright and your songs in the distant future?

TL: I don’t have a family.

EM: OK, but what do you think will happen to the channel and your songs? And if you have someone who will act on your behalf, could you give them my name in case they’d want the channel taken down?

TL: Yes, but there’s no need to remove that channel.

EM: I was just wondering what will happen in the future, because you’re certainly going to continue to sell records.

TL: Well, I don’t need to make money after I’m dead. These things will be taken care of.

EM: I feel like I gave away some of your songs to public domain without even asking you, and that wasn’t very nice of me.

TL: But I’m fine with that, you know.

For those of you who are not acquainted with Tom Lehrer, here are a few of his works. Keep in mind that he wrote and performed these in the 50’s and 60’s:







Posted by Jeff Soyer on 16 Apr 2014 11:15 am

From Policeone.com:

The number of shootings in New York City has increased during the past several weeks after months of declines, with several shootings a day keeping police busy, particularly in Brooklyn, the latest NYPD statistics show.

But … But … NYC has tough gun laws and NY State has the ‘SAFE Act’ … so how can that be?

The NYC Police Department blames it on increased gang activity of late. So, uh, I guess that means that gang members and other criminals don’t seem to be obeying all these gun control laws.

Posted by Jeff Soyer on 16 Apr 2014 11:09 am

From Consumer Affairs:

The GunBox of Lehi, Utah, is recalling about 1,000 GunBox gun storage boxes.

The storage box locking mechanism can open if the box is dropped, allowing access to the gun stored inside.

No incidents or injuries have been reported.

The GunBox is an aluminum, square, clam-shaped case with an RFID scanner with a T-shaped logo on the top center of the box and two USB ports for charging devices. The “RF+Biometric” and “Premier” model boxes include a square fingerprint scanner below the RFID scanner on the top of the box that holds multiple fingerprints.

More information at the link.

Posted by Jeff Soyer on 16 Apr 2014 02:45 am

From Reuters:

Initiative 594 would require all firearm sales, including those at gun shows and conducted online, to be predicated on a background check of the buyer. Initiative 591, however, would disallow background checks for gun purchases unless explicitly required by the federal government.

[ . . . ]

The results on the Washington state gun measures from the Elway Poll, which is independent of the two campaigns, shows Initiative 594 enjoying 72 percent support, while the other measure has 55 percent in favor. The poll’s margin of error is 4.5 percentage points, and 504 registered voters participated.

Since the second initiative essentially leaves things as they are, there must be a lot of confused people in the Evergreen State. Might be because of legalized pot… Or, the Elway Poll used a scale of 127%.

Posted by Jeff Soyer on 16 Apr 2014 02:39 am

None of the legislation is ‘anti-gun’ in any sense of the word. The most interesting two are:

• House Bill 2517, sponsored by Rep. Steve Smith, R-Maricopa, would impose fines on cities, towns and their lawmakers who enforce gun ordinances more strictly than the state’s own laws. The bill would impose a civil penalty of up to $5,000 on city and town governments that violate the statute. It would also allow the state to sue individual government officials, such as city councilors, and would prohibit them from using public funds to defend themselves in court.

• House Bill 2483 would ban cities, counties and towns from restricting the shooting of guns on private property. The bill was sponsored by Rep. John Kavanagh, R-Fountain Hills.

More at the link. I like that last one, especially. Here in Vermont, some towns do have areas where “the discharge of firearms is prohibited.” Mostly those towns are populated by people from away.

Posted by Jeff Soyer on 16 Apr 2014 02:34 am

For once, they’re NOT like you and me only better:

A lively debate in the Louisiana Senate on Tuesday (April 15) grew deadly pretty quick during discussion about a bill members shot down that would let lawmakers pack heat in Senate chambers, among other places.

Nearly a dozen lawmakers were hypothetically shot and Sen. Jack Donahue victimized twice during a debate between the bill’s sponsor, Sen. R.L. “Bret” Allain, R-Franklin, and Sen. Karen Carter Peterson, D-New Orleans.

Not that they DON’T think they’re better, just that the discussion turned into a ‘laugh fest’ about shooting each other while trying to stop a real armed assailant.

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