Tuesday, October 31, 2006
Monday, October 30, 2006
The latest issue of the Carnival Of Cordite is up at Spank That Donkey.
The Enemy Press AP reports in the Short Pants Media USA Today that "The European Broadcasting Union protested the IOC's decision to hold some Olympic swimming and gymnastic finals during the morning at the 2008 Beijing Games." It seems that NBC, who purchased the rights for a series of Olympic Games, requested the time changes so that certain events would be broadcast in prime time in America.
Unfortunately for the whiny Euros, it means their broadcasts would take place late at night. Instead of vigorously defending the current schedule, they take the increasingly predictable European way and cry about it. "The EBU said it told the IOC the decision meant 'viewers in Europe as well as the vast majority of the global TV audience will be disadvantaged.' (sob....) The EBU describes itself as the largest professional association of national broadcasters in the world, with 74 active members in 54 countries of Europe, North Africa and the Middle East, and 44 associate members in 25 other countries. It negotiates broadcasting rights for major sports events on behalf of its members and operates the Eurovision and Euroradio networks." OK then, the size of your broadcasting area and members should determine when events are held?
Back in the real world, we know the only size that matters to the IOC is the size of your wallet. The Corpus Christi Caller-Times reports another Enemy Press AP story about the proposed schedule changes and we get a little bit more info about the participating wallets, er, broadcasters. "NBC paid $3.5 billion to televise the five Olympics from 2000 through 2008. That's more than double than what is contributed by the next biggest rights holders, in Europe, and a compelling reason for the IOC to go along with a few of NBC's requests." A few of NBC's requests. Not all of them. "In fact, NBC also wanted more track and basketball at prime time in the United States, but the IOC decided track and field finals, except for the marathon, will be held at night, while the men's basketball gold medal game will be in the afternoon." See, the whole Olympics Movement wasn't ruined because money talks. They weak Euros only make references to tradition when it suits their argument. Too bad for them, but money trumps all traditions when it come to the IOC.
We can get an idea of the differential in payment to secure broadcast rights for various countries. Canada, a nation of approximately 33 million people, paid $45 million dollars to broadcast the Peking Olympics, according to CTV. Australia seems set to pay over $130 million to broadcast the 2010 Winter Games and the 2012 London games for a country with a population of over 20 million people. The US population has just gone over 300 million and NBC paid $3.5 billion as seen above. Europe on the other hand has a population of over 700 million yet paid a measly $750 million for the same rights as NBC, according to the Sidney Morning Herald.
These actions are symptomatic of the decline of the once great civilization there. They moan and complain about things yet never seem to take action themselves to do anything about it. Don't like the changes? Pony up more money. The Euros see themselves as some kind of Khrushchevian colossus that will economically rule the world. Too bad many of them don't seem to want to give up their leisure to, you know, actually work. You want the benefits of the Olympics, you gotta pay for 'em.
Saturday, October 28, 2006
New York City's 1010 WINS reports on the death of a "journalist" for anti-American leftist (redundancy alert) Indymedia who was covering other leftists' violent protests against the probably corrupt government of the Mexican state of Oaxaca, according to the Enemy Press AP.
We're not going to go into the details, as they are sketchy, and the possible doings of the victim are not of concern here. The death of any American is to be regretted, whether the victim is a political compatriot or not. The thrust of this commentary is the bald statement by the Enemy Press AP - in their headlines for their stories for this incident and throughout the stories - that an Indymedia contributor is considered to be a journalist. Does this mean that the AP now believes that all bloggers/contributors to websites - either bloggers who cover local activities or contributors to sites such as Hot Air - to be legitimate journalists who must now have all protections that newspapermen and broadcast reporters have?
Considering their track record, most likely not. It fits their agenda to proclaim the victim as a journalist to further their claims that journalists are under attack by governments everywhere. Witness their lies about Bilal Hussein, terrorist sympathizer and AP associate who has been detained by Coalition forces since this spring for his ties to murderers in Iraq.
No, the Enemy Press AP is using the death of this man to push their own warped view of journalism on society. They seek to redefine journalist to suit their anti-American agenda. They want to use terrorists as stringers, they seek to demoralize America, they desire turmoil and tragedy without end in the Middle East and elsewhere to give themselves a soapbox with which to demonize America, Israel, and those countries who believe in freedom. Fortunately the blogosphere exists to expose these haters. Now that the Enemy Press AP has accorded journalist status to us, let's run with it and expose them for what they are: The Enemy Press.
Friday, October 27, 2006
Last Saturday a groundbreaking ceremony was held at the site of the soon to be Clark County Shooting Park. Approximately 200 people attended including Senator Harry Reid, who is responsible for acquiring the land for Clark County, and other local dignitaries, according to the Las Vegas Review-Journal.
"'This has been a team effort, and I am so happy to have been part of this team,' Harry Reid said. 'This is going to be another part of Nevada's uniqueness, the greatest shooting park, not in the United States, but in the world.'" According to the Shooting Park website, the first phase of construction is scheduled to begin in November with the initial construction completed by January 2008. The initial areas to be open will include "30 site Host Area with full RV hook ups, concert pads and shade covers. Known Distance Archery Range with 16 different distances out to 90 meters. Suitable for all points. Covered firing area, shade ramadas, night lighting, and a 1,500 square foot classroom with restrooms. Shotgun Center with a 5,000 square foot building (cafeteria, pro shop, security room, manager’s office, 50 gun locker storage area). 24 combo trap and skeet fields, 3,000 square foot storage building, 12 shade ramadas, 96 full hook up RV sites with 50 amp service, and lots of parking. Hunter Education Center with a 4,000 square foot education building (seats up to 90 people, restrooms, two offices), two simulated hunting field courses, shotgun range, 20 point pistol range to 50 yards, 10 point rifle range to 100 yards, 10 point archery range to 90 meters. All firing points are shade covered, two shade ramadas, and night lighting. Public Rifle/Pistol Range: 3,000 square foot building (pro shop, convenience store, restrooms and 30 seat classroom). Shaded firing points, 30 points out to 50 yards, 15 points out to 100 yards, and 15 points out to 200 yards (60 points total), shade ramadas, safety control tower, target frame holders at 50 foot and 3, 7, 15, 25, 50, 75, 100, 150, and 200 yards, shade ramadas and night lightning (sic)."
The park will eventually include an area for mounted Cowboy Action Shooting and a high power rifle range of 1200 yards. The need for a public shooting range has been discussed for years in the Las Vegas Valley and now seems to be headed to fruition. There are private ranges in the area, however, many of them have steep membership fees and are limited to 200 yards. This park will make outdoor shooting available to those in the valley who now use the increasingly populated open desert for target shooting and plinking. The County Shooting Park will also be aiming to host national and international shooting events, and plans to be a high quality destination for those who enjoy the shooting sports. Once completed, the park will rival, if not surpass, the Ben Avery Shooting Facility in Arizona. The Clark County Shooting Park will actually be larger than Ben Avery.
As target shooting gains in popularity and people are reasserting their rights to self defense, a public range in Las Vegas is now a necessity. A large, well run facility such as this will help people learn the skills needed to safely handle their firearms and it will bring many hours of family enjoyment to those already involved in shooting sports. If the park is built out to plan, all residents and visitors to Clark County and Las Vegas will have access to the best facility in the nation, if not the world.
Clark County Shooting Park
Clark County Nevada
Received my '03 back from the CMP yesterday. The new bolt is securely in place. It's green. Green. That would be olive drab green. OK, I know that many of our military rifles were OD parkerized, but my Greek return rifle has a black finish. It doesn't quite look good mismatched like that. Any ideas how to match it up? Something an amateur can do without too much cost. I also don't want to have to buy equipment to refinish as I don't expect to do anything like this again.
Of course I could always camo paint the...blech.
Sunday, October 22, 2006
OK, so I hit a local gunshow today and although I didn't get what I wanted, I did pick up some stuff I needed.
No gun this time, but I did finally pick up a real range bag. I've been using a softsided laptop/briefcase bag until now. I bought a nylon and vinyl rig made by Kickin' A Packs 'N Stuff. I have the medium sized MD version. $25 plus tax.
I have open carry available to me but I have no plans to do so, unless conditions require it - natural disaster, hippies freaking because the Dems lose the election and so on. That said, I can't just carry around a gun in a box whenever I go out in the desert to shoot. At the last gun show I acquired a little nylon job for the Bulgy Mak for $10. I wanted one for the .357, but the stock was gone. The same vendor was at the show today and I was able to get a matching one for the Smith. Now I guess I can keep both guns on my hip when I'm out shooting.
The last item was a sling for the K31. It's a used leather sling dating from 1945. My rifle was manufactured in 1948 so at least it's close. And, it's the correct sling for the rifle. $13 and no tax.
I didn't even buy any ammo!
Of course I didn't just go in, buy these three items and leave. I came prepared to buy a bayonet for my 03 Springfield. Ouch! I shoulda bought one when I bought the Springfield, they were going for around $80 then, I couldn't find one for less than $200 today!!! Guess I'll start haunting Ebay again. I know I let a few get away from me because they were up to the $100 mark and I was expecting to pay $80. Guess I'll have to up my price level. Looks like the Swiss bayos are even pricier.
As usual the same old junk was there as well as guns. Very few guns in relation to the number of tables. Seemed to be a few more Winchesters about but without the prices of yore. Most were around the $650 mark and there were a few near $500. Still too rich for my blood, but interesting nonetheless. Only saw one unf&*%@! up Krag and it was going for a grand. All the rest were Bubba'd. If there's a hell, it's certainly reserved for those who butcher a fine firearm. Oh yeah, that table full of Garands and Carbines made an appearance again. Still didn't see anyone buying one....
Just because I wasn't in the market for a firearm doesn't mean I didn't fingerprint any. I looked to see if I could find a companion to the Bulgy Mak and found only two. Both were priced over what I paid for mine. Didn't look any better either. Most of the old classics were overpriced too. I spied a Heritage Rough Rider and saw it was tagged $175. The MSRP for that model is only $160. The seller had a Ruger Single Six as well, so I was able to compare the feel. He had it priced at $345. Now I know about Ruger quality compared to an off brand, but the Rough Rider didn't feel that much lighter than the Ruger. Had I been ready to buy, I think I'd give the Rough Rider a chance, but not as his price. Recently I've been reading about the German P38 sidearm so I took a look around for one. There was only one wartime model, the other two I found were modern. Too much for my pocket.
Speaking of too much for my pocket.... I passed a dealer packing up her trinkets and noticed a couple of 1911s. Yeah, can't afford one of those, but took a look anyway. Oh, how I wish someone would have dropped a wallet full of money right in front of me! I saw a very good Colt dated 1917. The finish was about 30%, but it looked good, it looked real good. What a curse to be poor! $1495. The woman was willing to make a deal, but I doubt if Sexy Girl would let me trade Honey Girl for a gun. Even a beauty such as that Colt! My only child for a gun? You know.... I reluctantly put down the gun and moved away with tears in my eyes.
How could anything else top that? Well, nothing could so I made my way towards the door. I got what I needed anyway so no loss. Such is the life of a gun owner.
Saturday, October 21, 2006
In regards to this post below, I made a decision to send my Springfield back to the CMP in hopes that a new bolt could be found to solve my headspace problem. Imagine my joy when I opened this e-mail yesterday:
Our armorer Mr. T B has asked me to tell you that he has replaced the
bolt in the rifle with another and it has excellent headspace now on our
field gauges and tight headspace on our no go gauge. Do you want the rifle
now sent back to you or did you want them to do a refund on it as there is
not another one to exchange it for?.
Customer Relations Manager
So, I responded, no, I think I'll pass...yeah right! Next weekend: Bang!
The offices and a residence of a staffer for Republican Congressional candidate Tan Nguyen were "raided" by California authorities, according to the Enemy Press Washington Post. This raid was the result of complaints concerning a letter sent to over 14,000 Spanish speaking residents of Orange County where Mr Nguyen is running for the seat held by extremist Democrat Loretta Sanchez.
This story is a follow up to the post found below. It appears that the letter was sent under a false name, California Coalition for Immigration Reform. The group denies knowledge of the letter. Nguyen "a Vietnamese immigrant trying to unseat a popular Democratic incumbent, has acknowledged his campaign sent the letter, which wrongly said immigrants could be jailed if they voted. He blamed an unidentified staffer whom he said he has fired." That being the case then, provided Nguyen is being truthful, the offending person has been removed from the campaign and Nguyen has no duty to withdraw.
Others, of course, don't see it that way. Unfortunately for conservatives in California, many of them are so-called Republican leaders. In fact, in their rush to appear to be even handed towards everyone, they end up spouting foolishness about "civil rights" and "voter intimidation." The Post notes "State and federal officials have been investigating the mailing for possible violations of election or civil rights law. It is illegal to use threats to try to dissuade anyone from voting." Anyone? Do they mean even those who have no right to vote? Perhaps. How is informing someone that they are not entitled to vote a violation of election or civil rights laws? The answer is, it isn't. The letter was a crude attempt to stop illegal voting, the apparent centerpiece of the campaign. It failed, and blew up in the candidate's face because of factual errors and the fact the letter purported to come from an organization it didn't. It would have been better if the Nguyen campaign used direct mailers to all voters or billboards to get his point across. The handling was wrong, the message is correct. Vote fraud is a serious concern. Every fraudulent vote cancels a vote that a citizen is privileged to cast to make his or her views known. If attempting to suppress voter turnout is a crime, then all the news media who publish false polls or polls weighted to get the results they want should have been imprisoned long ago.
Thursday, October 19, 2006
Orange County and other California GOP brass are calling on one of their candidates to withdraw from a race because of what's being characterized as an "obnoxious and reprehensible" letter to "Hispanic voters," according to the Joplin Globe and the Enemy Press AP.
Apparently a letter was sent to "an estimated 14,000 Democratic voters in central Orange County." The letter is said to have been written in Spanish and states "'You are advised that if your residence in this country is illegal or you are an immigrant, voting in a federal election is a crime that could result in jail time.'" Of course we can't be sure if that's the correct translation of the letter, remember, this is the Enemy Press AP we're talking about. If however the translation is correct, what exactly is wrong with informing illegal aliens that they have no right to vote? Well, nothing really, but that didn't stop the predictable backlash against the candidate, Tan Nguyen. (What?! It wasn't a white guy???!!)
Of course to assume that all illegal aliens speak Spanish or are of Hispanic heritage is patently ridiculous. However, a large majority of those in California are Spanish speaking and of Hispanic heritage therefore to send out a letter in Spanish would more likely be effective than sending a letter in Ebonics. Still, the letter should never have been sent. It's insulting to Spanish speaking citizens to lump them in with those who are in a criminal state of residence in America.
Too bad that the Republican hierarchy went overboard in their condemnation. Even the Democrat incumbent didn't get as outraged as the GOP Mahouts. "In an interview Thursday morning, Sanchez said she had never spoken to Nguyen because her campaign didn't see him as a threat to her re-election. "'If it is in fact this guy (who sent the letter), the most disgusting and saddest thing about it is that it comes from another immigrant,' said (Loretta) Sanchez, a congresswoman born in the U.S. to Mexican parents whose 1996 election signaled Orange County's increasing diversification." A calm, measured response. Not so from the candidate's own party. "County Republican Chairman Scott Baugh, however, said that after speaking with state investigators and the company that distributed the mailer, he believes Nguyen had direct knowledge of 'obnoxious and reprehensible' letter. He told the AP that the party's executive committee voted unanimously to urge Nguyen to drop out of the race against Democratic U.S. Rep. Loretta Sanchez." The state's GOP chairman said, "'If it is proven that a candidate was responsible for this action, that candidate is clearly not fit to serve the people of California and should withdraw immediately from his or her race,' California GOP Chairman Duf Sundheim said in a statement."
OK, Duffer, enlighten us to how Nguyen is not fit to serve if a letter goes out under his name, whether he approved it or not, informing illegal aliens that they have no right to vote? Seems that kind of candidate is more fit for public office than those who currently refuse to stem the tide of illegal immigration and assents to the demands of criminals to effect our sovereign rights.
To be sure, this refusal to do anything also leads to active collusion with criminals. The story also indicates that "Complaints about the letters this week prompted a state probe, and a spokesman for California's attorney general said investigators had been questioning people in Orange County." Questioning people about what? Are you an illegal? Doubtful, most likely the investigation was to root out those who believe that illegal aliens have no rights to suffrage. Here's more: "U.S. Justice Department spokeswoman Cynthia Magnuson said the department's civil rights division was investigating in coordination with the state attorney general's office." What bloody civil rights have been violated by informing people that they are not allowed to vote if they are not citizens? Are these people crazy? Are they paid off by the illegal alien lobby? Are they actively working to undermine the rights of those who are citizens for votes down the road? To see this kind of reaction to someone who may have a point about our voting rights is the true outrage. Thugs and criminals now seem to control the government of the Golden State. They refuse to pass laws for the public good and spend their time coddling and protecting criminals. If anyone opposes them, they use their office and the media to demonize and silence those who would remain free. They are villains impure and simple. Not one of the current crop of elected state officials seem to remember they are there to serve and protect the legal and free citizens of the state, not to pander to criminals. They are the true "obnoxious and reprehensible" things in that state.
Tuesday, October 17, 2006
The latest edition of the Carnival Of Cordite is up at Spank That Donkey.
Monday, October 09, 2006
Of all the political crap going on. I believe this may become only a guns and Second Amendment blog soon. I have a new site on Townhall and may begin posting all social and political commentary there. If I do this, expect the blogspot Ah, Shoot! posting to slow considerably.
Unfortunately shooting seems to be something that gets less attention from me as open range seems to be going the way of every other good thing in the country. I don't have the time or access to shooting areas as many others do, so I won't be posting as often. Once the Clark County Shooting Park becomes a reality, then things may change. Please keep checking in, but most posts will now be on Ah, Shoot! at townhall.
Sunday, October 08, 2006
Some people can't or won't join a range. Many are prohibitively expensive or have onerous membership rules and regulations. For many shooters, there are certain states that allow shooting on government land.
A favorite shooting spot in Parts Unknown has just been shut down. No one has been shot, no crimes have been committed and the area is open desert with no redeeming factors. However, while trying to access the area today, I found a large number of "Area Closed" signs. The informal shooting range has been closed down. "For Environmental Protection" the signs said. And what should be attached to the signs? A BLM logo. There is nothing in that area that's worthy of protection or is scientifically significant. The area is desert. The same desert that is all about in the valley.
So, did fringe environmentalists successfully lobby the government - or threaten the government - to shut down the area to protect some little bug? No way of knowing. A clue did surface however as I continued cruising the area looking for a place to shoot. There was an "Available" sign found out in the middle of nowhere. Yes, someone apparently acquired the rights to the property and so has effectively shut down the area. How one goes about acquiring BLM land is no mystery. But the area in question is far enough from the highway that it's inconceivable that someone would buy it for any useful purpose.
Of course I could call the number of the seller and find out more info, but I don't believe it would result in a very friendly call for him. We seem to be gaining gun rights throughout the country, but also seem to be losing places to shoot. So many areas are being opened up for development that open range is disappearing at an alarming rate. Soon we'll be told we can own anything we want, we just can't shoot it....
Tuesday, October 03, 2006
The NY Sun posts a piece from former FCC commissioner Harold Furchtgott-Roth concerning internet governance. It appears that the Commerce Department and ICANN (Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers) have agreed to continue the oversight of the internet for at least three more years.
Of course the genocidaires at the Turtle Bay Tyranny Society will be very angry at that. "Ironically, but not coincidentally, later this month the United Nations will convene for the first time the Internet Governance Forum (IGF), in Athens. That forum will look at a wide range of Internet governance issues that may not closely align with the views of either the American government or Icann." Sounds benign doesn't it? Nobody wants a crazy quilt of rules and regulations governing internet access. However, the blood stained hands of the usual suspects will be in attendance.
Most people don't care who "governs" the internet as long as their naughty pix and videos are still available. Considering the whole history of UN attempts to seize control of the latest way for people to communicate, everyone should be concerned. The rotten fruit of all UN ventures should be a warning. The thugs and murderers who belong to that organization would love to have it control the internet. Access to free information would be stifled. No matter what high flown rhetoric is put out, the free exchange of ideas would be gone. Information showing the true faces of the evildoers who oppress many countries would be unavailable. Uncounted numbers of people would be thrust into darkness. Banning or severely restricting access serves no one but killers. Unfortunately for America, those are exactly the people who would control the internet. Let's hope our government stays strong and refuses to surrender its oversight.
Internet Governance Forum