More Videogame and anime

Ubu Roi has a write up of episode two of Mahouka.

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HateMachine – It’s a pistol!

Per the PSA Marcus posted below.

photo (1)I couldn’t get the SigTac pistol brace fully seated…she’s sort of stuck where she’s at.
Range report to follow soon.

Edit:  Click pic for close-up.

-BLT

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A Public Service Announcement

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Super Pistol Trailer

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Peanut Butter

One of the books I grew up on was a biography of George Washington Carver.

I noticed something, thinking back after waking from a troubled sleep.

We all know about the current First Lady’s efforts to prevent poor children from having certain access to calories combat childhood obesity.

The specific mention of a peanut butter ban in these efforts is interesting.

Assuming Michelle Obama made a point of specifically targeting it, this may speak to her white supremacism and hatred of minorities.

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Harry Reid and the BLM

Is Harry Reid responsible for getting ranchers kicked off their lands to line the pockets of himself and his rich lawyer family members?

These guys seem to think so.

Marcus

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Remington 700 Recall

If you have a Remington 700 built within the last eight years you need to check this out. You may have a rifle affected by a factory safety recall. At least one of my own rifles is and you might have one too.

Marcus

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Speaking of Anime

Thanks Tim. ;-)

Marcus

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Anime and video games

I hope no one was assuming I had good taste.

Last night I noticed that youtube had SRW Z3 videos up, before I’d thought to look.

Super Robot Wars is a series of licensed mecha crossover fanfic video games. One thing they do is remix music from the anime for each of the properties included in a game.

Gundam Wing

This week, I’m also pretty excited about a magical girl anime that just came out. Below at 0:57 we see a recent historical scene, part of the naval and ground invasion of Okinawa.

Mahouka

Ubu Roi has a write up of the anime’s first episode.

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5 1/2 lines

This is from the bottom of the page source on the main page, I’ve cut out the angle brackets so the rest will show up. All these addresses go to the same server, and were registered by the same entity. Supposedly out of Iran.

div style=”display:none;”
a style=”font-size:1px” title=”???? vpn” href=”http://www.go2pay35.asia”???? vpn/a
a style=”font-size:1px” title=”???? vpn” href=”http://www.vpnorder010.asia”???? vpn/a
a style=”font-size:1px” title=”???? vpn” href=”http://www.vpnpersian49.asia”??? vpn/a
a style=”font-size:1px” title=”???? vpn ??????” href=”http://www.vpnnet49.asia”??? vpn ??????/a
/div

Edit: Those question marks were some sort of foreign language symbol when I hit publish.

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‘Tis The Season

So, I was thinking about posting something about SRW Z3 youtube videos, or those interesting 5 1/2 lines.

I checked TaxProf to see the latest, and found something a bit more pressing.

http://taxprof.typepad.com/taxprof_blog/2014/04/the-irs-scandal-9.html

While watching prior IRS hearings, I’ve found myself wondering if Representative Cummings was being sincere.

There is reason to think that Cummings or his staff may have been actively colluding with the IRS and Lerner.

If this is so, it seems possible that the arguments he has been presenting have been without basis.

There is a lot of stuff going on with the IRS scandal lately.

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The Bureau of Land Management in Action

It looks like the BLM is confiscating a man’s cattle because he’s “not supposed” to allow his herd to graze and water on federal lands.  Only his family has been doing this since the 1870’s and now the rules have changed (apparently there’s a tortoise in danger or something).  Things are now coming to a head out in Nevada and there is a showdown between the Feds and a bunch of libertarian-minded folks.

Now, I’m not a lawyer, but if I own some land and I allow people to walk across it (let’s say it’s a shortcut for kids going home from school for example), and then I allow this to go on for a few years.  One morning I wake up and decide that these people are trespassing on my land—only, I can’t legally keep them off my land anymore because I’ve allowed this to go on for so long.  So if this is the case for a private land owner, why is the federal government allowed to operate differently?

Here’s a short video taken in Nevada for your consideration.

Marcus

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Is Facebook Killing Blogging?

As JBM enters its tenth year online (yeah, I know right!) we continue to monitor the “net” to see what is still out there.  Sometimes I feel like Dr. Robert Neville sending out messages on the radio like the last man on Earth hoping someone else is out there.  Now, we know that there are plenty of the big blogs… dominating the blogosphere, but what about everyone else?  Back in 2007 you couldn’t chuck a rock without hitting a new URL, but now?  It just ain’t the same.

So what’s the reason for the decline?  Frustration?  Boredom?  Or are our inner narcissists scratching the itch on social media?  Hell if I know.  But I will tell you this—I’m too damned stubborn to give up on blogging.  And dumb.  Don’t forget dumb.

You all aren’t getting rid of me all that easy.

Marcus

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Concealed Carry on Military Installations

I’ve been reading and watching the discussion go back and forth on this subject in the wake of the latest Fort Hood shooting and I cannot believe how frustrating the whole spectacle has become for me.  I keep seeing the media parade around a bunch of serving and former officers who have been loudly denouncing any concealed carry efforts on military installations for “safety” reasons.  I may have blown a fuse when I saw the Army Chief of Staff—General Ray Odierno—get in front of congress and firmly state that he did not support arming American troops on bases and posts in the continental United States.  First off, do not get me started on the military’s senior leadership and their risk-averse culture…  I may go down some rabbit hole on an epic super rant.  Let me attempt instead to provide some analysis—something none of these people have done thus far.

First point, we’ve already armed these same young men and women 24/7 in combat zones and they do not generally go around shooting each other.  I believe that in the last thirteen years I can count the number of “Blue on Blue” incidents on one hand.

Second point, the argument for arming people on military installations only applies to allowing legal permit-holders to carry concealed firearms.  A right that they already enjoy the moment they leave the gates and venture out into civilian society.

Third point, back in the continental United States (CONUS) it is illegal for anyone under the age of 21 to own a handgun.

Fourth point, young servicemembers that live in the barracks (or dorms, single soldier quarters, etc.) have to store their personally owned weapons in the unit arms room.  This highly restricts their access to firearms—particularly during off-duty hours when the unit armorers are off enjoying their down time as well.  This effectively makes drawing and carrying a concealed weapon off duty for a junior servicemember impractical at best.

Fifth point, the servicemembers who will have easy access to firearms are the ones that live in their own quarters, and those personnel are usually married with families.

Sixth point, if civilian firearm ownership is any guide then it is logical to conclude that most military families do not own a firearm at all.

Seventh point, few firearm owners actually go through the trouble of getting a concealed firearm permit, which means that only a small percentage of military personnel with ready access to their weapons do so as well.

Conclusion:  The demographic within the military that actually have concealed carry permits consists largely of senior non-commissioned officers and mid-grade to senior officers.  These people almost all have families, are somewhat older, and are seasoned combat veterans.  As such, these are exactly the people that you would trust to deter and neutralize violence on military installations.

There are other points I could make as well, but the bottom line is that arguments against allowing concealed-carry permit holders to exercise their rights on bases and posts are based upon hysteria, risk aversion and a lack of critical thinking.  Let us hope that logic will win the day.

Marcus

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More Kalashnikov Stuff

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Update:  Full disclosure, I am definitely not endorsing Century Arms or any of their products.  A friend of mine and I both bought rifles from them that turned out to be lemons.  And when I sent my weapon back to Century to get fixed I found their customer service to be particularly weak.

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The Muse Has Struck Again

I guess I’m at the writing thing again…  and hopefully I’ll actually get to finishing something for a change.

Wish me luck.

Marcus

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It seems

that this combination of computer and browser blocks the issue.

Over on another combination, I’ve been consistently getting malware warnings from microsoft security essentials whenever I type in the JBM address, since 3/31. (Whatever it is doesn’t seem to go through javascript, as I have that off.)

I’ve not been whining in the open here because I’ve been worrying what I could get with a combination that could log in. I just now realized that this one can, and doesn’t seem to have gotten anything.

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Most Corrupt Administration in History

The US Attorney General, Eric Holder, has admitted that he has been using official government aircraft for personal business. But he says since this didn’t adversely affect “the mission” or that the aircraft were tasked elsewhere at the time, it was perfectly acceptable.

“My staff keeps telling me to take it easy, you know, well, this is one that gets me,” Holder told Rep. Frank Wolf, R-Va., during a House Appropriations subcommittee hearing. “There was this notion that we’ve taken—I think it was described as hundreds of personal trips. That was wrong. GAO counted flights, not round trips. And we looked at it and figured out from the time period that they were looking, we took not hundreds, but 27 personal, four combined—official and nonpersonal trips—and none of the trips that I took or that the [FBI] director took ever had an impact on the mission capability of those airplanes.”

Holder made the comment when asked if he would report those trips to the General Services Administration in the future.

“We didn’t have a reporting requirement that existed before,” he said. “If they want to change those rules, we’d be more than glad to make sure that we share that information with the appropriate organization, but this is something that is really wide open.”


Let me be perfectly clear on this, government employees are never allowed to use official vehicles for personal use.  It’s a clear ethics violation and I’ve seen lots of people got in serious trouble for this.  But I guess if you’re the Attorney General in the Obama administration you’re above the law.  You can read the whole thing here.

This is disgusting.

(H/T Drudge)

Marcus

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Intermission

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Severe Weather AAR

So as some of you may know, we have very recently relocated and I posted earlier on the challenges of moving preps. Those challenges have continued to grow and I’ve spent the greater part of a month trying to resolve a number of issues. The most fundamental problem that we ran across was that we moved to smaller home and truth be told, we had done a pretty effective job at filling up the old one. We spent weeks here at the new location just unpacking and trying to shoehorn items away—while trying to get the household up and running. For example, the first few days I did all the cooking on the gas grill in the back yard because we could literally not get to the stove in the kitchen because of all the boxes. But we sorted it out eventually.

Preps have presented us with a unique series of problems to solve. With limited storage I’ve had to get creative in our use of space. Food preps initially started out in the garage—not a big deal right now due to the cooler temperatures—but I eventually found a place for them in the house, in a temperature controlled environment. Other items such as hygiene and medical items are still scattered about—mostly in the garage, and I’m trying to work my magic on that as well. Though truth be told, I’ve hit some chokepoints and efforts have definitely slowed to a crawl.

While all of this has been going on we’ve experienced some weather along the way. Severe thunderstorms and tornadoes in the local area to be precise. Under normal circumstances this would be something to take in stride, but since we’re currently building the airplane in flight we experienced some hiccups. Last night in particular, the power went out and we were quickly enveloped in darknesses’ warm embrace, all while the house was pelted with hail and the winds howled outside—the sound of the wind punctuated by the occasional wailing tornado siren.

Candles were lit within seconds. Check—no problem, first hurdle cleared smooth as silk.

Flashlights came out, tested—all functioned perfectly. Check.

Weather radio… crickets, crickets… not so smooth. I had to go find it. So I put my headlamp on and ventured out into the garage. Luckily I had unpacked it and it was on an easily accessible shelf. I brought it in, but the battery was not charged—a screw-up, and something I should have anticipated since I knew that bad weather was on its way all day long. Luckily the radio has a hand crank on it and we were able to listen to the weather reports… at least until we got tired of cranking on the handle. Bottom line though, the equipment was recovered in a timely manner, though it was clumsy and it should have been prepared ahead of time. (Post Script: It became quickly apparent that the only other radio in the house was in my iPod, which also had a low battery!)

At this point most of the drama was over and the worst part of the storm had blown on past us. Now we were sitting in the living room chatting by candlelight. Boredom began to set in, that was until a guitar appeared and was quickly followed up with a deck of cards. Check… no more boredom.

I was enjoying an alcoholic beverage at the time and began to ponder the issue of drinking water should the power remain out for an extended period of time. It then dawned on me that during the move I had neglected to refill my short-term water storage containers. I usually have about nineteen gallons of properly chlorinated water stashed away in case of emergency, but those containers were empty as I had not yet gotten around to refilling them. Even though we had plenty of other (non-alcoholic) things to drink around the house, the water could have been used for more than just drinking if it was needed. Flushing toilets comes to mind. So that was another lesson learned—get the water supplies replenished… pronto.

All in all the experience wasn’t terribly bad, but I definitely need to fix a few things around here right away. I wasn’t as prepared as I should have been. Hopefully this is helpful for some of you out there.

Marcus

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