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Comment Re:A simple truth: (Score 1) 316

When the local movie theaters began showing 30 minutes of previews and commercials after the listed start time of the movie, I told the management in no uncertain terms that they'd lost a customer, and that they would never again see my ass in their seats.

Want to show ads before the start time? Right, whatever. I'll suffer them. I'll even put up with a few two or three previews before the movie, since that's kind of a cue for people to sit down and shut up. 30 minutes of this nonsense after the lights dim? They can fuck right off!

I've been to precisely one movie since then, and it was a special screening to which my friend got free tickets. It only reaffirmed my resolve. Maybe I'll try another movie in another ten years, if the industry survives that long.

Comment Re:Test mode (Score 1) 100

CRXs got closer to 50 MPG (US), at least that's about what my friend's particular car did. But what did they weigh? About 1600lbs or so? Add another half a ton of sheet metal and it might scrape the bottom of the current crash standards score chart. And damn it was tiny.

So, like all things in life, it's about finding a balance. Do I want to get great mileage...or live through a crash?

Comment Re:So vague is has to be true? (Score 5, Insightful) 241

Just imagine the alternative: You're the superintendent, and it was discovered that your received a somewhat credible threat, after something actually happened--no matter how trifling in the grand scheme. You know full well that you'd be publicly crucified by the entire nation's media, maybe you'd even be inquisitioned by Congress. You'd almost certianly lose your six figure job, and become unemployable to that standard ever again. You probably lose everything you worked your entire life for, and it would probably break up your family as well.

If you throw up the red flag, none of this happens, except people raise an eyebrow, and some kids get to take the day off, some tax dollars get wasted and the SWAT guys get to go play Rambo in a bunch of empty schools.

Which path do you chose?

If I was in his/her shoes, I'd sure as fuck play the CYA card too.

Comment Re: Torrent (Score 1) 313

Well, yes, it is primarily shooters to blame. I'm not afraid to admit that sometimes gun owners can be our own worst enemy, and this is one of those instances.

Oddly, some of the worst behavior I've seen was from stupid/bored/drunk/high townies that live nearby, and basically call these areas their back yard. After all, they don't have to drive an hour to get there, and don't consider shooting opportunities as a scarce resource. A fair share is also due to campers (more like squatters sometimes), and no doubt hikers as well, as even that demographic has two divisions: people who basically leave no trace, and pigs like everyone else.

As a hiker, I'm always picking up hiker related rubbish on the trail (energy bar wrappers being the most common), but there is a practical limit to how much damage one hiker can do, namely the weight they can carry on their back. As a shooter, I always bring along a rake and shovel and at least a couple huge industrial grade trash bags for cleanup after I'm done. I often fill at least one bag and bring it back to the city for disposal.

Comment Re: Torrent (Score 1) 313

I don't know of a gun range that can afford to buy several square miles around their property, so people can't build progressively closer and closer to the range--and then complain to the county and get them shut down--do you?

That's exactly what has happened to virtually all of the ranges in my area, except one that's smack dab in the middle of a state park where the only neighbors are geese, ducks and herons.

So, we're left with a few, short distance indoor ranges with excessive noise and poor ventilation, a couple decent outdoor ranges with expensive membership fees that are at least an hours drive outside of the population centers, and the national forests which are yet further away, and also incrementally driven further away as the forest rangers close down viable shooting spots due to assholes who have to treat everything as a dump.

Comment Re:Kimber (Score 1) 469

The early SIG P226s (1986 / 87 ish) with the "sand grove" in the frame rail has a reputation for giving up at around 30,000 rounds. I know. I have one. It doesn't get a lot of miles on it for that very reason.

The more modern ones will outlast the useful life of the gun barrel several times over if properly cared for. A range near me has a rental P229 .40 with a documented 90k rounds down the pipe(s). We're talking about spitting north of twenty thousand dollars in ammo through a thousand dollar pistol. Seems reasonable enough to me.

Comment Re:Kimber (Score 1) 469

1911? Fat? Boxy? Compared to a Block... Errr... Glock? (I keed, I'm a Glock fan too)

The 1911 might be a lot of undesirable things, but it's hardly fat. It's the same width in the slide (a bit less than an inch) as my concealed carry EDC (Walther PPS - the motto of which is Thin is In), and only a tiny bit wider in the grips. In fact, until the Glock 43 came out earlier this year, the 100 year old Browning design was thinner than any of the Glock 9s.

Comment Re:Regarding .40 S&W: (Score 1) 469

.45 ACP is a good round at poking holes in human size things, but it sucks at two things: penetrating barriers (even cops carrying surplus .45 pistols in the 30's recognized this, thus the invention/adoption of .38 Super, .357 Magnum), and carrying. 1) Grip size for double stack .45 is large enough that small men and most women won't be comfortable with any double stack grip. 2) A given number of 9mm cartridges will weigh 60% less than .45--it makes a difference when you carry all day every day.

Even though you apparently don't like it, .40 strikes a reasonable balance between 9mm and .45 when it comes to frame size, gun weight, capacity, power, the ability for many shooters to quickly put accurate rounds down range--this last one is the determining factor for gunfights. The pressure .40 produces is the same as standard pressure 9mm (35K psi) and as for wearing out guns--rumors of this are greatly exaggerated.

Back on topic: All of this is irrelevant to the military, because they can't use the modern hollowpoints which make 9mm a reasonable/viable self defense cartridge for police. And that's what it really comes down to: .40 S&W, being designed from scratch was designed from the start to use truncated cone, wide nose bullets... i.e. big ol' open cavity hollowpoints. This was not true of 9mm and .45 pistols, which were designed to use round pointy nose FMJ bullets, and were later shoehorned with hollowpoint ammo. Legacy 9mm and .45 pistol designs were prone to malfunction with the better performing hollowpoints, so a balance of performance and reliability had to be struck. .40 (or re-vamped 9mm wide flat nose ammo) would probably suit the military well enough. Truncated cone, flat point bullets would arguably perform better than round nose 9mm--plowing through flesh and bone making bigger wounds rather than poking through like an ice pick--and the lighter weight but faster 135, 155 grain .40 cal loads would still weigh a quite a bit less than .45 ACP.

Comment Re:the white rural majority may like sanders (Score 1) 211

Golly gee, anon. Are your eyes brown? Because you're full of shit.

With the exception of voting no on Brady, which was done more from the idealistic side of things (truth is he believed it didn't go far enough, and was too much a compromise), he's been very consistently anti on the big issues (so called assault weapons bans and so forth), but liberal (in the classic sense) on some more niche issues like checking firearms onto Amtrack.

You have to understand his mindset. He's a "Vermont sportsman", aka Elmer J. Fucking Fudd incarnate. Anything which isn't involved in durr hunting (i.e. Amtrack might garner business from hunters), he doesn't care about it; neither does he care enough about the Constitution to legitimately amend the 2A's militia clause, and would instead gleefully do any number of end runs around it to neuter it as he sees fit.

Honestly, that part is more worrisome to me than his ant-gun bent, but so it goes with the rest of the asshats in Washington. Despite the oaths they all swore, they only care about the Constitution when its somehow possible to use it as a tool to meet their ends (commerce clause).

Hell, the only reason Sanders made it to the senate in the first place is the Vermont Republican he was running against turned just as anti-gun than Sanders was at the time, causing the NRA to return the favor and cut off their nose to spite their face in retaliation: i.e. to endorse an openly anti-gun Democrat instead for the first time in like, ever. Sanders won very narrowly, probably thanks in part to that endorsement.

Comment Re:There are good reasons for gvt bureaucracy, rem (Score 1) 275

Nation-wide railroad network: To incentivize its' construction, the US government gave away huge land grants (much of it land of various Indian tribes) to corporations. The US maintains a federal bureaucracy to support rail transportation.

The rail companies kind of cheated this idea, too. If you've ever explored the American West, you probably came across various and sundry ancient rail sections inexplicably placed haphazardly all over the place. These rails were never connected to the rail network system, and were certianly ever useful to anyone in any meaningful way. Want to know why? Railroad land grants. You see, the rail companies initially would got an odd section of land on each side of the track for every mile of track built, resulting in a kind of checkerboard pattern if you looked at it on the survey.

The idea being the rail companies would subsidize track building through selling real estate near the track. Seemed sensible enough, right? What happened was this: in any place that was reasonably habitable (water, fertile land, the usual things that make life nice), the rail companies would build track alongside the main track such that the checkerboard was filled in, giving them 20 miles on either side of the main rail. They received the deed to the land, and often came along and recuperated their materials to use on yet another section of track, repeating the process. This allowed them to quickly and cheaply become the legal owners of huge swaths of land.

Eventually, they'd sell the granted land, making a tidy profit. They'd usually retain the mineral rights, however. Interestingly, the several rail companies to this day retain more mineral-acres than anyone, and still make insane amounts of cash on mineral leases to this day.

Comment Re:Because...it's the LAW! (Score 1) 423

And how. It wasn't so long ago that being gay was thought to be a mental illness, and not long before that, having a vagina and being subject to the estrous (the word even implies being driven mad) cycle was basically an open indictment against one's mental state.

In a fit of circular logic, a certain subset of the anti-2A crowd pretty much imply that wanting to own a firearm for whatever purpose is equivalent to being crazy.... and so... Oh, you want a gun huh? Oops. DENIED. I bet if we were to come up with an ultimate political Venn diagram, these folks would strongly overlap with uber-feminists who believe that having a penis means you're a rapist, you just haven't been caught yet.

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