Saturday, January 10, 2009

Favorite wife and favorite gun!

Of course, she's my only wife...

She liked the PS90 much better than my other guns, although she didn't mind the 9mm carbine much last year when I took her and my friend Pat shooting. The PS90 has very, very light recoil.
Conversely, she won't touch my AK or M44. Not that I blame her, as the M44 bruises my shoulder through 3 layers of clothing and a vest with a shooting pad.

Range fun!

Took my new PS90 to the range today, along with my Hi-Point 995 and my AK clone. It was snowing like a bastard out, and the range was covered in ice. Had I not been driving my Jeep, we probably would be stuck there. It was still fun, however!

FN PS90 5.7x28mm carbine.

Hi-Point 995 9mm carbine with ATI stock.

Romanian WASR-10 AK-47 clone with K-VAR stock set.

Friday, January 9, 2009


Use the Force, children!

Why, oh why, couldn't they have invented these when I was a child?


Toy trains 'Star Wars' fans to use The Force

By Mike

Could The Force be with you? A toy due in stores this fall will let you
test and hone your Jedi-like abilities.
The Force Trainer (expected to be
priced at $90 to $100) comes with a headset that uses brain waves to allow
players to manipulate a sphere within a clear 10-inch-tall training tower,
analogous to Yoda and Luke Skywalker's abilities in the Star Wars films.
you're not tapping into some "all-powerful force controlling everything," as Han
Solo said in the movies. But you are reaching out with mind power via one of the
first mass-market brain-to-computer products. "It's been a fantasy everyone has
had, using The Force," says Howard Roffman, president of Lucas Licensing.
Mind-control games may be the coming thing: Mattel plans to demonstrate a
Mind Flex game (also due this fall), which uses brain-wave activity to move a
ball through a tabletop obstacle course, at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las
Vegas on Thursday.
In the Force Trainer, a wireless headset reads your brain
activity, in a simplified version of EEG medical tests, and the circuitry
translates it to physical action. If you focus well enough, the training sphere,
which looks like a ping-pong ball, will rise in the tower.
A state of deep
concentration is needed to achieve a Force-full effect. "When you concentrate,
it activates the training remote," says Frank Adler of toymaker Uncle Milton
Industries, which is creating the Trainer. "There is a flow of air that will
move the (ball). You can actually feel like you are in a zone."
Star Wars
sound effects and audio clips emitted from the base unit "cue you in to progress
to the next level (from Padawan to Jedi) or when to move the sphere up or down
to keep challenging yourself," Adler says.
"Until today, EEG technology has
been designed for rigorous medical and clinical applications with little regard
to price (and) ease of use," says Greg Hyver of NeuroSky, which developed the
brain-wave technology for both games. "We are putting this exciting technology
into everyone's living room."

Thursday, January 8, 2009

John Scalzi on writers and money

Check it out HERE.

A lot of his points are good for anybody, not just writers.
I have already followed some of this advice; I married someone who is WAY better with money than I am.

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Define Irony - Kidnapping Expert Kidnapped


If that's not irony, I don't know what is. (Which is OK, I guess, since most people don't seem to know what it is anyway.)

Dumbass test #5764

A link on IS YOUR HUSBAND GAY? Take this simple survey and find out!

Seriously? Listen, I know that it happens once in a while, but damn. If you are married to a gay man and you don't know it - and I mean truly don't know it, since I know some people are aware but choose to be ignorant - you have bigger issues. Like the fact that my plants probably have higher IQs than you.

CIA commentary


By Frances Fragos Townsend
CNN Contributor

Editor's note: Frances Fragos Townsend, a
CNN contributor on national security issues, formerly served as President George
W. Bush's chief anti-terrorism and homeland security adviser. Townsend has spent
more than two decades in the fields of intelligence and criminal justice and has
served during the past three administrations. Townsend is currently a consultant
to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and a member of President Bush's Intelligence
Advisory Board, the Council on Foreign Relations and the Aspen Institute
Homeland Security Program.

Frances Townsend says the director of the CIA
is not a post for on-the-job training.

(CNN) -- Leon Panetta is an
impressive man with many laudable achievements to his credit.
Mr. Panetta
served eight terms in Congress and worked in the Clinton White House as chief of
staff to the president and director of the Office of Management and
But his impressive credentials are insufficient to allay the
well-founded concerns of senior Democrats and Republicans that he is the wrong
man to be the next director of the Central Intelligence Agency.
Mr. Panetta is a seasoned political operative and a proven
manager -- both of which would be useful to him as CIA director -- but more is
Accurate and actionable intelligence is among our most effective
tools in fighting against terror threats. The nation has gone more than seven
years without a terrorist attack and much of the credit for that lies with the
men and women of the intelligence community: in the CIA, FBI, and Defense and
Homeland Security departments, among others.
Career intelligence officials
need a leader they can count on to protect their mission from inappropriate
political interference and who would be willing to defend their efforts when, as
is often the case, they are attacked based on less than accurate or complete

Because of the critical role the intelligence community plays in
protecting our nation, the director of the CIA is not a position for on-the-job
training. President-elect Barack Obama had a competent, qualified career
intelligence official to nominate.
John Brennan served for decades at the
CIA under numerous directors and in both Democratic and Republican
Just prior to his retirement, Mr. Brennan served as the
director of the Terrorist Threat Integration Center, the predecessor to the
current National Counterterrorism Center. John Brennan had no loyalty to the
policies of the Bush administration and in fact at times voiced his
Mr. Brennan's loyalty was to the mission and role of the
intelligence community in protecting our nation. Unfortunately, the incoming
administration permitted the vicissitudes of party politics and special
interests to derail this nomination.
[In a letter to Obama obtained by CNN
in early December, Brennan said he was dropping out of consideration for the job
because of strong criticism by people who associated his work at the CIA with
controversial Bush administration policies on interrogation techniques and the
pre-emptive war in Iraq.]
The next CIA director has many important issues to
confront. He or she must continue to ensure adequate resources for the
intelligence community and continue to build our human and technical
intelligence capabilities.
The new director will necessarily review
detention, interrogation and rendition policies. And at the same time, the CIA
director must seek new ways to gain the intelligence advantage on crucial
priorities such as terrorism, proliferation of weapons of mass destruction and a
host of regional issues in the Middle East, Africa and Asia.
Regardless of
who becomes the next CIA director, the nation is fortunate that from the deputy
director on down, the CIA is run by career officials who will continue to do the
nation's business. But they will continue to require the tools necessary to do
the job.
Before abrogating Bush Administration policies on interrogation and
detention, the new CIA director must learn: what is legal; what is effective;
and how have these policies been implemented.
A new administration may choose
to make more limited use of these tools or add additional procedural safeguards.
But any decision must be made with caution.
Tools that the Justice
Department deem legal and the intelligence community determines are effective
must not be taken away because they are politically unpopular. The nation and
the intelligence community deserve better and must be led with the same courage
that they have displayed.
President-elect Obama is
off to a strong start, taking daily intelligence briefings and asking probing
questions. If Mr. Panetta is to be the next CIA director, he will need to earn
the trust, confidence and respect of career intelligence officials.
Panetta will need these career intelligence officers to best advise the new
president on the CIA capabilities at his disposal to support critical foreign
policy and national security objectives.
The most important objective will
remain protecting American lives. Mr. Panetta is smart and no doubt a quick
study. Let's pray if he is confirmed that he is up to the difficult job ahead of
The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of Frances

Right. Does it really matter who is in charge of the CIA? I mean, anyone can claim credit for things not happening. Ooh, no terrorist attacks in the past 7 years! Yeah, there were no terrorist attacks before 2001 for how many years?

Let's not forget what a bang up job the CIA has done in the past on everything else:
  • Putting Castro in power in Cuba - whoops!
  • Putting Sadam Hussein in power in Iraq - whoops!
  • Putting Osama Bin Laden in charge of Al-Queda and training them in the very tactics they use against us now? - big fuckin' WHOOPS!
  • Failing to do anything about the planned attack on Sept. 11, 2001 - dur!
  • Failing to stop drugs from entering our country from South America - well, they do this on purpose to get funding, so I guess that's our whoops for letting them.

At this point I'm convinced Gumby could run the damn CIA and it wouldn't matter too much.

Monday, January 5, 2009

PS90 Accessorized

FN PS90 with side rail by Promoted Pawn, SureFire P6 LED, and SureFire M79 flashlight mount. Yes, that's only a 10 round magazine, because I live in repressed NY state.

Promoted Pawn sells mil-spec side rails for $25 a pop. Compared to FN at $89 a pop, or CMMG at $89 a pair, it's a pretty damn good deal.

5.7x28mm WOLF ammunition

To lay all of the Internet rumors to rest, I contacted WOLF ammunition by email to ask if they planned on producing 5.7x28mm ammunition in the foreseeable future. This is their reply, dated January 5th, 2009:

Dear Jeremy,

There are no plans on producing this caliber in the foreseeable future.


WOLF Ammunition

There you have it folks. The future of cheaper 5.7x28mm ammo for your P90 or FsN is bleak.

Massachusetts: Small amounts of Pot no longer criminal


Small Amounts Of Pot No Longer Criminal
New Law Takes Effect
POSTED: 10:13 am EST January 2, 2009
UPDATED: 6:19 pm EST January
2, 2009

BOSTON -- A new state law that says it is no longer a
criminal offense in Massachusetts to possess a small amount of marijuana went
into effect on Friday.
Survey: Agree With
Pot Decriminalization Law?
Discuss: New Pot Law
A referendum, approved by voters in November,
makes possession of less than an ounce of marijuana a civil offense with a $100
Existing laws that prohibit distributing marijuana or operating a
motor vehicle under its influence remain unchanged.
Supporters of the law
say it will spare thousands from having a criminal record, which can make it
harder to get a job, student loan or gain access to public housing. They also
said it will save taxpayers $30 million in costs associated with marijuana
But critics said marijuana is a gateway drug and the law could lead
to more drug use among young people.
Under the new law, anyone under 18
caught with an ounce or less of marijuana must complete a drug awareness course
or face a $1,000 fine. Parents or legal guardians will also be notified.
the law takes effect, state officials are urging cities and towns to ban public
pot smoking, similar to public drinking ordinances.
Massachusetts is the
12th state in the country to decriminalize the possession of small amounts of
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Well, at least Mass. is on the right path. Someday maybe we will all come to our senses and stop persecuting people for their lifestyle choices and stop forcing our morals down everyones throats. Maybe.

Gaza happenings

In case you live under a rock (I know many people apparently do), HERE is what is going on in parts of the Middle East.

Senior Hamas official Mahmoud al-Zahar speaks, and like a 5 year old uses ridiculous logic to justify his organization's attacks on Israel. Well, we shot rockets into their cities to harm civilians and Israel fired back, aiming at military targets but killing the civilians we used as human shields. Therefore, we were justified in attacking them in the first place.


In other news, undereducated Americans protested Israel's retributive strikes by chanting "Free, Free Palestine" in major U.S. cities. Apparently they didn't understand that Hamas attacked Israel and started the whole shebang, and that there really are no Palestinians to free.

You want to make up some Palestinians to free? How about you protest Hamas using the citizens of Gaza as human shields. Protest the fact that some immature and borderline retarded people cannot let go of their hatred and prejudice and live and let live, and therefore cause death and destruction to be visited upon their own people.

Me? I'm all for Israel defending itself by aggressively seeking out and eliminating threats. In fact, I think that if the U.S. followed this policy instead of embroiling itself in stupid wars that have nothing to do with National Security, we might be a bit more popular with the rest of the world, and we might stop adding entire groups of people to our list of detractors.