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Posted by Jeff Soyer on 15 Oct 2014 05:28 am

A real must for the millionaires who already own the TrackingPoint rifle, now there’s some cool shades to go with it:

You can shoot from completely protected positions behind trees or around corners when it’s necessary to remain unexposed to the target.

ShotGlass can record everything you see and say. You don’t need to clamp a GoPro® to your hat anymore. ShotGlass videos download directly to your smart phone for sharing with friends, family, and social media.

Friends or family can wear ShotGlass while you are shooting. They can see exactly what you see, and share your experience. A father can mentor his son by guiding him to the proper whitetail. A professional hunter sees exactly what target his client is engaging and can direct the client to the desired target and point of impact. In battle, a spotter wears ShotGlass to direct his sniper to the target in real-time under high stress.

Photo from the TrackingPoint website:

More information at Ars Technica. Pretty spiffy!

Posted by Jeff Soyer on 14 Oct 2014 05:19 am

Drop in the bucket… From the Independent:

When Helga Glock lodged legal papers in Atlanta, Georgia, last week, suing her ex-husband Gaston for $500 million (£311 million) for allegedly cheating her out of the firearms company they began together, it was only the latest in a series of colourful events surrounding the family.

Much more at the link, including details occurring after the publication of Paul M. Barrett’s excellent book, GLOCK: The Rise of America’s Gun.

Posted by Jeff Soyer on 14 Oct 2014 04:53 am

In other news from Hollywood, Brad Pitt still believes in gun rights:

The Golden Globe-winner - who has six children, Maddox, 13, Pax, 10, Zahara, nine, Shiloh, eight, and six-year-old twins Knox and Vivienne with his wife Angelina Jolie - is proud of his family’s tradition [of handing down guns to children and grandchildren] and believes everyone has a right to own their own firearm as he ‘’feels better'’ knowing he has it in his home.

Well, at least he’s not a hypocrite on that subject.

Posted by Jeff Soyer on 14 Oct 2014 04:47 am

I have no idea what “Frisbie Golf” is, but this cop is being a douche.

At least he let the guy go without escalating it. I understand that the Chief of Police of Ankeny, Iowa, later apologized to the motorist…No doubt because the video was on YouTube.

Posted by Jeff Soyer on 13 Oct 2014 06:22 am

From the Barre Times-Argus:

A man arrested this week in Boston is expected to be arraigned next week on a charge that he stole a shotgun valued at $89,000 from the Covey and Nye store on Main Street last month. [in Manchester, VT]

[ . . . ]

The shotgun that had been at the Manchester store was made by Luciano Bosis, an Italian artisan who specializes in high-end guns often used for bird hunting or clay target shooting.

Police said media coverage of the theft and tips that came from people who had seen the coverage led them to Goldberg.

More at the link.

Posted by Jeff Soyer on 11 Oct 2014 05:59 am

Good for him. At a sparsely attended forum held by the Vermont Association of Police Chiefs, he was questioned on the issue:

Milne said he does not support any new gun laws.

“I believe the gun laws that we have are sufficient,” he said.

Unfortunately, it’s a tough road to the Governor’s Mansion for Scott Milne, given the liberalness that has moved here from elsewhere. The current occupant, Gov. Peter Shumlin, recently went on record with his views:

Though his comments largely criticized the Republican-controlled House of Representatives and Republican governors, looking beyond his rural base in Vermont, Shumlin also said there is a need for a 50-state solution to gun control.

“We should not be living in a country where someone can walk into a school and shoot up 23 little kids,” Shumlin said. “No one with a heartbeat believes that.”

But Shumlin also noted the “need divide” between rural and urban America in terms of the gun issue and said that a total assault weapons ban would need to determine how an assault weapon is defined. Many automatic weapons would not be used for hunting and could be banned, he continued, including the kind used in the Newtown school shooting in Connecticut, which he called a “weapon of war.” But at the same time, he said that the definition of an assault weapon would need to address certain rifles used by hunters in his state and other rural areas around the country.

“It depends on how city boys define an assault weapon,” Shumlin said. “There is no one I know in Vermont who hunts deer that uses weapons of war in the woods.”


I should also mention that I’m supporting Mark Donka for Congress. His head is in the right place and he fully supports the 2nd Amendment. Alas, he also has a tough road ahead to defeat incumbent Rep. Peter Welch, who would sell us out in a moment on gun rights.

Posted by Jeff Soyer on 11 Oct 2014 05:26 am

It is completely understandable as to why hunters are prohibited from the forests in several towns, at the moment. With a sharp-shooting survivalist cop killer on the loose, public safety (as well as safety for the officers involved in the manhunt) comes first. Alas, it does come with a price:

…as the manhunt nears the one-month mark, the press has largely moved on and the state has canceled hunting season in seven area townships. Hunters can still track their game elsewhere, but the businesses that depend on sportsmen, from taxidermists to bed-and-breakfast proprietors, are cursing the killer police describe as “pure evil.”

[ . . . ]

Dave Weiss, a hunter who lives in the Monroe County seat of Stroudsburg, understands why the Pennsylvania Game Commission implemented the temporary ban on hunting and trapping. His anger is directed at the man suspected of killing Dickson.

“I’m mad for all of the sportsmen out there,” said Weiss. “And this ban affects a lot of people whose livelihood is dependent on hunting. It hurts the entire economy of the Poconos. It has a ripple effect. That area was built on tourism.”

Area motels, campgrounds, sporting goods stores, restaurants have all been affected by this lunatic. Not to mention, of course, the families, friends, and co-workers of the slain and the injured troopers.

Posted by Jeff Soyer on 09 Oct 2014 05:36 am

Or vice versa. Former Georgia Rep. Bob Barr examines the hypocrisy of Eric Holder and the left:

Imagine if voter ID laws were as rigorous as gun regulations found in many of America’s major cities. In order to vote in such a scenario, citizens would be forced to take a day-long class (at a cost of $100 or more) about the basics of the U.S. government and electoral process. They then would be required to take a competency test (only available at inconvenient locations during normal working hours) on the current election’s issues. Finally, after paying a non-refundable processing fee of $100 to score the results, they would then be forced to wait months for the actual voter registration card — which could be rejected for any reason — to arrive in the mail. If a voter decided to seek the help of a tutor to help ensure his non-refundable processing fee was not wasted by a possibly failing grade, he would have to be prepared to shell out another $100.

Much, much more at the link.

Posted by Jeff Soyer on 09 Oct 2014 05:20 am

I blame ‘global warming’:

Sea Ice around Antarctic Reaches Record High Levels: NASA.

NASA scientists say that the southern oceans that surround the Antarctic have record sea ice levels. The sea ice in the region has covered the maximum area since 1979 the date when tracking started.

Posted by Jeff Soyer on 09 Oct 2014 05:09 am

What’s really weird is that this happened in Nebraska:

A Nebraska school district has instructed its teachers to stop referring to students by “gendered expressions” such as “boys and girls,” and use “gender inclusive” ones such as “purple penguins” instead.

“Don’t use phrases such as ‘boys and girls,’ ‘you guys,’ ‘ladies and gentlemen,’ and similarly gendered expressions to get kids’ attention,” instructs a training document given to middle-school teachers at the Lincoln Public Schools.

“Create classroom names and then ask all of the ‘purple penguins’ to meet on the rug,” it advises.

The document also warns against asking students to “line up as boys or girls,” and suggests asking them to line up by whether they prefer “skateboards or bikes/milk or juice/dogs or cats/summer or winter/talking or listening.”

“Always ask yourself . . . ‘Will this configuration create a gendered space?’” the document says.

I’m glad I probably won’t be around when this batch of students starts running the country.

Posted by Jeff Soyer on 08 Oct 2014 03:34 am

I wish there was security camera footage of this! From the Observer-Reporter:

A would-be robbery suspect was beaten up when he found out the hard way a convenience store clerk on the University of Pittsburgh campus is also a former Golden Gloves boxing champ.

The boxer, Eric Sydnor, told KDKA-TV he just did what he had to do when 45-year-old Leverett Johnson walked into the convenience store with a gun Saturday night.

“He got slammed,” Sydnor told the station.

Johnson was still in the hospital Tuesday, recovering from the beating Sydnor administered, police said.

Sorry, this made me smile.

Posted by Jeff Soyer on 08 Oct 2014 03:29 am

I put this under “rumors” because of the source. From InfoWars:

The United Nations Convention on Migratory Species, operating under the U.N. Environment Programme, is meeting in Quito, Ecuador on Nov. 4-9 to discuss and act on the lead ban recommended by a scientific council.

Reference material for the conference suggests that “voluntary approaches to restricting use of lead ammunition” do not work on a national level and for a proposed ban to work, a “range of societal issues” would need to be addressed, including “philosophical issues regarding gun rights and increased government oversight of shooting.”

“With respect to lead ammunition, the most effective way of reducing risks to migratory birds is to create legislative processes to restrict sale, possession and/or use of lead ammunition to ensure lead ammunition is not left unretrieved within the environment,” the document states.

More at the link.

Posted by Jeff Soyer on 08 Oct 2014 03:21 am

Although short on details, I’m guessing it was still in the box. From the Greenfield Reporter:

The victim told police he was approached by a young man who asked for a cigarette, then asked about Coleman’s gun and finally pulled a gun from his own waistband and said, “I like your gun. Give it to me.”

The officer says Coleman handed over his gun and the robber left on foot.

Posted by Jeff Soyer on 07 Oct 2014 03:35 am

Lately, some comment spam has been appearing.

I started experimenting this morning. Henceforth, any comment containing even one link — including in the “website” box on the form, will be held for moderation. I’ll try to check it often throughout the day. If you want the comment posted immediately, just leave the website box blank.

Why not just get rid of the website box? It screws up the Gatekeeper plug-in, that box you fill in with a word to prove you’re not a robot.

Why not just get rid of Gatekeeper? Because it blocks an average of 100 spams per hour!

I wish there were a better way. On my book review site, The North Country Review, I tried requiring registration, only to find dozens of phony registrations per day. Sure, their email addresses were phony, so they never got the confirmation emails, and never actually came back to comment, but it clogged up the “Users” database. So, I simply did away with comments there, not that my book reviews ever generated all that many comments…

I thought about using the Facebook comment plug-in, but a surprisingly large number of people don’t have a Facebook log-in. But, spammers do!

I’m still toying with updating Alphecca to a modern WordPress version, but that would mean the loss of the last four years of posts. That would, however, open up some possibilities.

Posted by Jeff Soyer on 06 Oct 2014 10:45 pm

The Feds just love to hand shit out. From Ocala.com:

Doug Wortham used a Defense Department giveaway program for law enforcement to stock his office with an assault rifle, a handgun and a Humvee — even though the people in his custody are in no condition to put up a fight.

They’re dead.

Wortham is the Sharp County, Arkansas, coroner. He says the Humvee helps him navigate the rugged terrain of the Ozarks foothills, but he struggled to explain why he needs the surplus military weapons he acquired more than two years ago.

More at the link. American taxpayers paid for all of that unneeded stuff.

Posted by Jeff Soyer on 06 Oct 2014 10:38 pm

One Kroger store manager in Ohio wasn’t about to be intimidated by Moms Demand Action.

Posted by Jeff Soyer on 05 Oct 2014 09:07 am

This time, it’s from the left’s garbage pale, Salon. Here’s a quote regarding gun rights:

Gun rights libertarians have tipped the scale from the victims of gun violence in favor of the shooters. “Stand your ground” laws permit the gun owner to define the threat, giving him or her (usually it’s him) carte blanche in applying lethal force. The George Zimmerman travesty was not the first instance of this either. Remember Bernhard Goetz pulling a gun on black teens in the New York City subway in the mid-1980s?

Americans forget the past with disturbing regularity. Few recall how Ralph Nader changed the safety standards for American cars in the 1960s. True, t­he automobile industry tried to ruin him. But at least GM and Ford never claimed that owning an unsafe car was a constitutional right. Yet here’s a revealing fact about the present debate: the same people who believe it’s an imposition for a gun owner to register his weapon (though he registers his car) believe it’s okay to deny voting rights to those who cannot produce a driver’s license. Think about that.

So, no matter what a slim majority of the sitting Supreme Court says, the right to bear arms, as Revolutionary Americans conceived it, had nothing to do with the modern libertarian conception of “gun rights.” The framers of the Constitution never endorsed what Justice Scalia invented in the Heller decision. They tended to believe in regulation, fearing the greater danger of anarchy; they did not advocate gun rights amid suburban sprawl; their guns fired a single ball. Minimally, then, it should be a requirement that everyone register every gun and declare why he wishes to purchase it. No stockpiling. No hi-tech, military-grade weapons in private hands.

And criminals will do that…when?

It goes on endlessly; paragraph after liberal-self-serving paragraph. Businesses required to pay anyone enough to live on comfortably; political parties only allowed one filibuster per year (is that like this year’s MLB rule that managers can only challenge an umpire’s call once per game?). Oh, and high court justices would only be appointed for 10-years. Much more, but it’s the usual tripe from lefties that insures that they’ll hold all the cards. I think this quote from the article sums it up:

It is critical that twenty-first-century American conservatives agree to one slippery principle, however, if anything good is to take place. And that is this: Individual liberty is not won by “getting government off our backs”; it is gained through good government.

They get to decide what “good government” is.

Posted by Jeff Soyer on 03 Oct 2014 06:55 am

And, they’re hoping that the open carriers are killed by responding cops:

Reacting to a photograph of a man standing at a checkout with a handgun holstered upon his hip, mom-who-demands-action Joyce Ward asks, “Why weren’t the police called immediately?” And “why,” Ward continues, “wasn’t he shot by the police for having a weapon”? Fellow poster Lisa McLogan Shaheen has a similar inquiry, wondering, “Why hasn’t someone called 911 so the cops can gun him down?” Others go a little further, proposing that they might help their cause along if they were actively to bring about an altercation. “Every time I see someone with a gun in a store I will call 911,” Jennifer Decker vows, “they’ll get tired of that right quick!!!” Even that plan is too limited for Ann Marie. “Just call the police every time you see someone with one,” she counsels, “the police will get sick of it eventually or have a run in with one of these clowns and then things will change.”

[ . . . ]

There is no kind way of putting this, I’m afraid: Ultimately, what we are seeing on the fringes of the gun-control movement is the suggestion that American citizens be “SWATted” for their choices — that, in the name of a political disagreement, one party calls the cops on another and, under false pretenses, puts them in harm’s way. Is this reconcilable with “common sense” change?

It is always the liberals who advocate for the death of ideological opponents.

Posted by Jeff Soyer on 03 Oct 2014 04:43 am

From Discovery News:

Climate change could affect the ratio of human males to females that are born in some countries, a new study from Japan suggests. The researchers found that male fetuses may be particularly vulnerable to the effects of climate change.

Since the 1970s, temperature fluctuations from the norm have become more common in Japan, and at the same time there has been an increase in the deaths of male fetuses, relative to the number of deaths of female fetuses in that country, according to the study.

Sounds like a win-win for those guys who survive…as long as they can get through college without being accused of sexual assault. /snark

Posted by Jeff Soyer on 03 Oct 2014 03:17 am

I guess he IS thinking of a presidential run. From The Blaze:

The bill, Senate Bill 808, got all the way to California Gov. Jerry Brown’s desk but the liberal Democrat governor vetoed it Tuesday.

“I appreciate the author’s concern’s about gun violence, but I can’t see how adding a serial number to a homemade gun would significantly advance public safety, ” Brown said.

It was a sigh of relief for gun rights supporters not only in California, but across the country.

“We’re getting better at throwing back the nightmare scenario,” said Texas gun rights activist Cody Wilson, who oversees the nonprofit group Defense Distributed, Ars Technica reported. One day after Brown vetoed the legislation, Wilson announced he had discovered an even easier way to manufacture guns.

Wilson is now manufacturing and selling what he’s calling the “Ghost Gunner.” It’s essentially a digital gun mill that uses three-dimensional printing when plugged into a computer. It creates a part that can be attached to the lower receiver of an AR-15 rifle.

Wilson’s previous 3D printer software worked in plastic. The Ghost Gunner works in metal. And, it’s selling like hotcakes:

On Wednesday, Cody Wilson’s libertarian non-profit Defense Distributed revealed the Ghost Gunner, a $1,200 computer-controlled (CNC) milling machine designed to let anyone make the aluminum body of an AR-15 rifle at home, with no expertise, no regulation, and no serial numbers. Since then, he’s sold more than 200 of the foot-cubed CNC mills—175 in the first 24 hours. That’s well beyond his expectations; Wilson had planned to sell only 110 of the machines total before cutting off orders.

To keep up, Wilson says he’s now raising the price for the next round of Ghost Gunners by $100. He has even hired another employee to add to Defense Distributed’s tiny operation. That makes four staffers on the group’s CNC milling project, an offshoot of its larger mission to foil gun control with digital DIY tools.

Other than as part of an expression, what exactly IS a “hotcake?”

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