Quote of the day—Con Slobodchikoff

A lot of people talk to their dogs and share their innermost secrets. With cats I’m not sure what they’d have to say.

A lot of times it might just be ‘you idiot, just feed me and leave me alone’.

Con Slobodchikoff
Professor at Northern Arizona University
July 23, 2017
This new technology may soon be able to translate your pet’s sounds into words
[I laughed and laughed at this. It reminded me of something daughter Xenia said to me once.—Joe]

Brady Campaign is hiring

I ran across this today and even though I know the Brady Campaign folks live in an alternate reality that only occasionally intersects with ours I was still taken aback:

The mission of the Brady organization and its Million Mom March is to create a safer America by cutting gun deaths in half by 2025.

One might claim they are delusional since more than half of “gun deaths” are suicides and it is extremely unlikely they can come up with idea to reduce those significantly, let alone get it implemented. And most of the murders are by gangs who, as part of their “business”, traffic in banned goods already. For them to get a gun is never going to more difficult than it is for the average high school dropout to get the recreation drug of their choice. Which means they probably can get a gun within an hour, 24×7, any day of the year.

I can’t imagine the management of the Brady Campaign doesn’t already know the goal is completely unfeasible. Hence, they are deliberately lying. It’s nothing new.

Then we have this:

Brady is in search of a National Communications Director to lead its communications strategies to drive the national conversation on gun violence prevention (GVP). This position will oversee all external communications, serve internal clients (development, organizing, legal and policy functions) in their communications needs, respond to media inquiries and develop and lead aggressive and proactive earned media strategies to build awareness of Brady’s work. This is a unique opportunity to contribute to an issue and organization of historic importance and shape the national discourse on reducing gun violence in the United States.

To apply, email cover letter and résumé to search@bradymail.org mentioning “National Communications Director” in the subject line.

Responsibilities:

  • Develop and implement communications strategies for the organization to effectively communicate Brady’s work and message as part of the national dialogue on gun violence prevention.
  • Oversee all external communications on behalf of Brady
  • Respond to media inquiries and develop proactive strategies to increase awareness of Brady’s work in traditional and new/social media outlets.

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree required; related graduate degree desirable.
  • Experience with, passion for and knowledge of the GVP issue desirable.
  • At least 8 years of direct experience in positions with communications responsibility, with considerable experience as a media relations and strategic communications professional and manager required.
  • Experience in public policy, nonprofit, or advocacy campaigns at the state or federal level desirable.
  • Proven experience managing a comprehensive communications team drafting, editing, and overseeing material production including, but not limited to, press releases, fact sheets, social media posts, and op-eds.
  • Proven ability to guide communications strategy, execution and delivery to raise profile of organization.
  • Ability to synthesize and summarize large amounts of information and to focus quickly on the essence of an issue, as well as to identify, understand, and address different policy perspectives.
  • Strong writing skills and willingness to participate in execution of communications tactics when needed to ensure success of initiatives.
  • Confident in presenting one’s own ideas and diplomatically persuading others as appropriate.
  • Ability to work professionally and collegially within a creative, fast-paced culture that demands excellence and emphasizes teamwork.
  • Demonstrated time and project management skills, including an ability to meet multiple deadlines by maintaining a high level of organization. Ability to set priorities and identify resources.
  • Ability to work independently with limited supervision.
  • Flexible and able to routinely juggle multiple competing priorities and work in teams of both support and senior staff to meet project goals.

Odd. They don’t mention anything about “must be willing to be delusional or adopt a culture of lies and deception and violate Federal law.”

Quote of the day—Christopher Burg

Some people might claim that the people being robbed aren’t innocent because they’ve been accused of a crime but civil asset forfeiture occurs before somebody has been found guilty of a crime, which is the problem. Under a justice system where one is supposedly innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt there is no justification for stealing an accused individual’s property. So, yes, Jeff Sessions announced that his department is going to be stealing from innocent people and that should have everybody up in arms.

Christopher Burg
July 19, 2017
Jeff Sessions Announces Justice Department Will Increase Theft
[I have nothing to add.—Joe]

Quote of the day—AWR Hawkins

The bottom line is that the Left already knows their gun control schemes do not work; criminals and terrorists have proven it. Yet they keep demanding that Americans submit to more and more restrictive gun laws.

Perhaps it is not gun control they are seeking. Maybe they are just seeking control.

AWR Hawkins
July 21, 2017
When Gun Control Fails
[There is one thing gun control is good for. Genocide.—Joe]

Quote of the day—Andrew Mark Miller

Sadly, liberals don’t care about stopping violent crime.  They care about their own rabid ideology.

One of many examples where liberals are actually hurting the people they think they are protecting with their reckless ideas.

Andrew Mark Miller
July 20, 2017
Gun Control Study: Carry Permits Up 190%, Violent Crime Down 18%
[Perhaps the masses of “useful idiot” progressives think they are “protecting” people. At the top levels they know better. They are in it for the power. Guns and the truth are power. Stalin knew this and knew the masses must not have guns or ideas of their own. The high level progressives know this too. The data is so overwhelming that have to know it. That they say things like “fake but accurate” with complete sincerity and even after getting caught can’t understand why they should get fired or even apologize is proof they care far more about their rabid ideology and power than the truth and what is best for the people in general.—Joe]

Fiocchi Small Pistol, No Lead, primers

I do a lot of indoor shooting and the possibility of lead poisoning is something that concerns me. I get a blood test for lead every year and it stays within the “normal” range but when I wasn’t doing much shooting for a couple years it went to almost undetectable levels. Hence, I know I have a lead source in my environment and it’s probably either the indoor range and/or the reloading.

When I saw Powder Valley had no lead, small pistol, primers available I ordered some to test. I didn’t know they were even available to the reloading community. These primers would probably reduce the lead exposure at both the range and when handling the reused brass during reloading.

They are a bit more expensive than the Winchester primers (WSP) I normally use. Before shipping the Winchester WSP primers are $28/1000 (2.8 cents each). The Fiocchi no lead primers are $57/1500 (3.8 cents each). A penny per round difference… hmm. Okay, I would pay that if it significantly reduced the lead I’m getting into my system.

Due to a mixup by Powder Valley I ended up (after a couple of weeks) getting 1500 Fiocchi standard primers as well as 1500 of the no lead primers. They came in a brick of 10 trays of 150 primers per tray:

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They are, ironically, a lead grey color:

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I made up my indoor loads and ran them over my chronograph:

Bullet
weight
Powder
weight
Mean
velocity
PF SDev ES Min Max
Montana Gold JHP, CFE Pistol, WSP
primers*
180.22 5.4 921.50 165.87 11.5 38.0 905 943
Montana Gold JHP, CFE Pistol, Fiocchi No Lead
primers
180.22 5.4 916.67 165.00 16.6 56.0 897 953
Montana Gold JHP, CFE Pistol, Fiocchi standard
primers
180.22 5.4 879.00 158.22 44.3 139.0 803 942

Hmmm.. The standard deviation and especially the extreme spread are worse with the no lead primers. And the Fiocchi standard primers are terrible! The velocity is lower and the standard deviation and extreme spread is through the roof. I loaded up some more rounds and tested them and got essentially the same results.

With the polymer coated bullets I use outdoors and CFE Pistol powder the results were even worse. The standard deviation went from about 10 fps with WSP to about 18 fps with the Fiocchi no lead primers (I haven’t tested the Fiocchi standard primers with these bullets).

I really don’t want to keep two types of primers around. I want to minimize the number of components types rather than expand them. And if I increase the standard deviation on the match ammo I would need to increase the mean velocity to insure I continue reliably making major PF. Increasing the velocity also means increasing the reloading cost above that of the increased primer cost, and increasing the recoil to solve a “problem” I don’t really have.

I think I’m going to continue using the WSP primers.


** Yes, I know these aren’t reliably making Major Power Factor, I’m increasing the powder charge some based upon this data. This load is just for practice anyway. I have never used them at a match. For USPSA matches I have been using Black Bullets, WSP primers, and ETR7 which has been repeatedly tested to give me a PF of a little over 170 with a SDev of about 9 fps.

The birds

Every few days I do a quick scan through all the images from the Boomershoot Live web cams. I’ve see quite a few deer (or the same deer many times) a coyote or two, a few birds (most notable this one), insects, etc. But the flock of birds that showed up a few days ago was unusual.

One minute there are none:

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The next minute there is a big flock which stays for a couple minutes:

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Then they are gone:

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Quote of the day—Karl Denninger

It is therefore quite-clear that the data has been intentionally tampered with.

Since this has formed the basis for plans to steal literal trillions of dollars and has already resulted in the forced extraction of hundreds of billions in aggregate for motorists and industry this quite-clearly constitutes the largest economic fraud ever perpetrated in the world.

I call for the indictment and prosecution of every person and organization involved, asset-stripping all of them to their literal underwear.

For starters.

Karl Denninger
July 14, 2017
Climate Alarmist Profiteers: Go To Prison
[Emphasis in the original.

Denninger is referring to a new report: On the Validity of NOAA, NASA and Hadley CRU Global Average Surface Temperature Data  &  The Validity of EPA’s CO2 Endangerment Finding. This report is, shall we say, “quite skeptical”, of global temperature data sets which claim to show rising global temperatures.—Joe]

Quote of the day—BlackKokkAsian

you can still buy car trunk guns in Oakland.  there’s a 10 second waiting period to count the money.

BlackKokkAsian
July 18, 2017
Comment to California struggles to implement new gun-control measures
[The selection is limited and there is no money back guarantee, but sometimes the prices are below the manufactures’ cost of production.—Joe]

Quote of the day—kam

Without Central Banks this market wouldn’t exist. All the algorithms today are but spin off of linear regression. Boats rising with the tide.

Earnings can be replaced with Central Bank cash/credit, but not over the long run. And that day could be tomorrow, or in 10 years. Who could have thought that easy money would have created so many walking corpses.

kam
June 15, 2017
Comment to What Happens When the Machines Start Selling?
[H/T to Brett.

Who? I’m not sure about “walking corpses” being explicitly predicted but there were many people who thought it was a really bad idea.

The lessons learned in the next few years will be remembered for probably a generation or so before “the new kids on the block” believe they are smarter and/or times are different. The best fix would probably be when the lesson is visible world wide as burned out ruins of cities for governments to be prohibited from trying to “manage the economy”. But I put the odds at 50-50 that will happen on even one continent.—Joe]

Quote of the day—TexasTopCat

The people pushing this law know that there will be no reduction in criminal violence, it will merely be one more group of people that will be denied civil rights and become unarmed victims of crime.

TexasTopCat
July 16, 2017
Comment to ‘Gun safety’ is not ‘gun control’: Letter to the editor
[The law being discussed is about “extreme risk protection” orders.

The questions I have are:

  1. If these people are so dangerous to themselves and/or others why are they still allowed to drive cars and/or possess a can of gasoline and a book of matches?
  2. Why are they not put in an institution, closely observed, and being treated?

Oh, that’s right. These are gun owners we are talking about. They are a special case. Any plausible, no matter how speculative, rationalization is sufficient justification to infringe upon their rights. And then, once they are no longer gun owners, there is nothing to fear about them.

As TexasTopCat articulates, nearly all the people pushing these laws know the law cannot possibly do what they say it will. It’s just an excuse to forcibly convert people who are more independent than they into a condition of more dependence.—Joe]

Quote of the day—Daniel Greenfield

All the shocked media coverage of the latest acid attacks in London carefully tiptoe around the obvious issue. Acid attacks tend to involve immigrants or the children of immigrants. They’re a horrifying tactic that has been imported to the UK.

Acid attacks are one of those enriching benefits of diversity.

Instead of dealing with the obvious, the proposals push for “Drain cleaner control”. As if you can seriously prevent people from getting their hands on chemicals that don’t go well with the human face. After the triumphs of gun control and knife control, now it’s onward to drain cleaner control.

Acid attacks in London have climbed from 162 in 2012 to 454 last year.

We could talk about immigration. Or we can try to ban drain cleaner.

Daniel Greenfield
July 14, 2017
“Diversity” is Why London has Acid Attacks
[I expected that after gun and knife control they would started demanding either rock or stick control.

I was wrong, but it could still happen. Give them a few years. Intelligence has its limits but stupidity does not appear to have an upper bound.—Joe]

Who Is The Biggest Threat To The Black Lives Matter Plantation?

In his latest video, @MrColionNoir torches the political plantation of Democrats aka Black Lives Matter.

I’m not much of a party politics girl, but the moment moved me enough to make a meme:

The biggest threat to the political monopoly of the Democratic Plantation is free-thinking indepdendent African-American citizens who embrace the Second Amendment. - Colion Noir

Feel free to share this image, no need to credit me.

#BlackLivesMatter
@BlackGunsMattr
@ColionNoir
#Everytown
#Soros
#2A

Quote of the day—Vicious Deplorable dollop

The United States is the safest place in the world, as long as you stay away from democrats.

democrats commit 75% or more of the murders every year.

democrats commit 95% or more of the mass killings every year.

The United States has a democrat problem.

Vicious Deplorable dollop
July 10, 2017
Comment to Gun control works. All the western countries that have gun control have lower murder rates
[The statements of facts are plausible but citations are needed.—Joe]

Jason Pohl, Part 3: Wrong. Try Again.

We’re still awaiting Jason Pohl’s corrections regarding gun stats.

Recap: 7/11/17 I made this post, pointing out that Pohl’s remarks were based in lies.

Jason Pohl made no effort to correct his errors, but was overtaken with a bad case of #GunCog, poking fun at this blog’s founder, Joe Huffman. Yesterday I corrected Pohl, explaining that I’m not Joe Huffman, not a boy, etc.

Then, after a gun group sought accountability for Jason’s inaccuracies, Pohl tried to pohl a fast one, posting this to Twitter:

Twitter of Jason Pohl not being accountable

Reporter Jason Pohl tries to pohl a fast one.

I see, Jason. It’s not your fault. You’re just a reporter… who made an emotional tweet, based on falsities written by your USA TODAY colleague @npenzenstadler [Nick Penzenstadler]:

Screen cap of Coloradoan Reporter Jason Pohl's lies

Devastating l-i-e-s.

Jason, just fix it. Say you were incorrect. Recognize that you were wrong there and elsewhere. How are readers supposed to trust you on any topic, if you can’t admit your most glaring errors about guns?

Today you made darn sure to tweet about your ability create spreadsheets. Yawn. Your visual display of rows n’ columns doesn’t free you from admitting your wrongs. If anything, it demonstrates you’re able to read data and admit what’s right.

Jason Pohl tweets about an uninteresting spreadsheet

Jason Pohl spreads it.

#GunCog
#FakeNews
@Coloradoan
@ArizonaRepublic
@EricLarsen_News

Quote of the day—Dana Loesch

Only people with a predilection for violence would mistake a condemnation of violence as a ‘call to violence.’

Dana Loesch
July 3, 2017
A gun-control group’s cheery response to the NRA’s ‘dystopian’ recruitment ad
[It’s not a “mistake”. It’s rules #1 (lying) and #3 (projection) in SJWs Always Lie.

In the last few months the political left has caused a million dollars of damage in just Portland alone and openly saying (emphasis added):

We are committed to the idea that people in our community should be able to participate in resisting this bigotry in whatever capacity they find appropriate. For this reason, we have chosen to make the primary focus of the event a rally at a separate location that is adjacent to the Alt Right rally.

We are unapologetic about the reality that fighting fascism at points requires physical militancy.

we are not opposed to the tactic of property destruction

In Baltimore, 2015, damages were estimated at nearly $13 million. In Ferguson the costs of the riots were in the tens of millions. And millions more in physical damage.

Then, last month, someone from the political left shot Republican Congressmen at a baseball game.

And the political left has a “cheery response” to Loesch’s “dystopian” video expressing concern about the violent left?

The only reason they are “cheery” is because they are getting away with their criminal behavior.—Joe]

Jason Pohl Part 2: Incorrect.

When an individual is called out on lies, lies, lies about gun facts, facts, facts, that person tends to choose one of two responses:

1. Research the topic; apologize for errors. (As we’ve seen with Kit O’Connell – way to go!)

2. Commit GunCog! (As we’ve seen with Terilyn Reber. Man, she was so nasty to Joe.)

Quick refresher on definition of GunCog:
When presented with facts, anti-gun people often choose to remain in a state of denial, rather than be open to a new perspective. This often results in their violent rages of yelling, name-calling, and/or throwing a tantrum. #GunCog is basically anti-gun brain fog. By choice.

Yesterday, I called out a reporter, Jason Pohl, for his shoddy reporting. Instead of cleaning up his mess of lies, he committed GunCog, posting this to Twitter…
Jason Pohl posted another lieSaid @pohl_jason:
“Today a self-proclaimed gun enthusiast/redneck/farm boy from Idaho devoted a ~500-word blog post to me because it’s 2017 and why not?”

Reporter Pohl: In the tone of an old Speak & Spell, I say to you, “Incorrect.”

Corrections:
– It’s me (guest blogger Stephanie) who wrote yesterday’s essay.
– I’m not a boy.
– I’m not a gun enthusiast.
– I’m a gun rights (self-defense) enthusiast.
– The reason for my post was to hold a reporter – you – accountable for dishonesty.
– The reason for my post was not “because it’s 2017 and why not?”

Jason, you can do better than this. Correct your reporting errors. From yesterday. And the day before yesterday. And the days, and days, and days before yesterday.

It’s that simple.

#GunCog
#FakeNews
@Coloradoan
@ArizonaRepublic
@EricLarsen_News

(7/13/17 update: I made a few minor grammatical modifications to the above post, for the sake of crystal-clear clarity. – Stephanie)

Quote of the day—Jeffrey C. Dege

Yes, there are people who are terrified of guns, but that is their problem, not ours.

I’m not suggesting that we be argumentative, but I am suggesting that we shouldn’t hide. Every time we act as if gun ownership is something to be embarrassed about, we help convince the people in the middle that the anti-gunners are right.

Jeffrey C. Dege
Epiphanies and gun rights
[I have some “conversation starters” on my desk at work:

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When someone asks me what I did over the weekend or a holiday I tell them about the match I participated, the ammo I reloaded, or the preparation work for Boomershoot I did. When friends come to the house to visit I show them my reloading bench. And I take new shooters from work, friends, and family to the range.

Be out, proud, safe, and sane.—Joe]

Public Safety Reporters: A Natural Disaster

One day Henny-penny was picking up corn in the rickyard when—whack!—an acorn hit her upon the head. “Goodness gracious me!” said Henny-penny, “the sky’s a-going to fall; I must go and tell the King.” Henny-Penny: The Sky is Falling!, English Fairy Tale

Public Safety Reporters are the Henny-pennys of fairy tale “news”.

They “report” on things like natural disasters (something so natural is hardly news), weather (isn’t that the weatherman’s work?), traffic (OpenStreetMap can take care of that), among other terrifying tidbits. Public Panic Reporters are busybodies: they scratch the surface, then go nuts, spewing so-called “news”. They’re ever-so-ready to chirp n’ chatter on Twitter about their personal fears.

Today’s example of the sky is falling comes from Jason Pohl. This guy is falling.

Jason is a Public Safety Reporter at the Coloradoan (aka USA TODAY, aka Gannett Company, Inc.). Below, he’s made a tweet, packed with devastatingly wrong info:

Screen cap of Coloradoan Reporter Jason Pohl's lies

Devastating lies from Reporter Jason Pohl of the Coloradoan (soon to be working for Arizona Republic).

Lies, lies, lies. Jason, how much time did you spend researching your bosses’ childish numbers on kids and guns? Please, before you go writing about the topic of firearms, I beg of you: utilize gun truths at GunFacts.info. All it takes is a quick click. The truth is out there.

Jason Pohl's haunting Twitter post

A haunting tweet by Jason Pohl, filled with lies. He needs to read GunFacts.info.

The lesson of this story? It lies upon the conscience of readers. To you, I ask, “Do you believe everything you read?”

“I do not,” say readers of this blog, including Foxy-woxy, Ducky-daddles, Turkey-lurkey.

Yes, that was a loaded question, with a charged answer. I already know the vast majority of this blog’s viewers are critical thinkers who question everything, gobbling up accurate facts n’ stats. Y’all exited The Matrix long ago.

Jason: I’m not picking on you. There are so many Henny Pennys out there, it’s hard to choose who to expose. Your “work” happened to roll across my news desk. I’m sure you’re not all that bad. I’m focused on setting the story straight for firearms facts. I’ll leave it to the rest of the universe to comb through your other stories/topics.

Jason Poh's Twitter post needs to be corrected

Wow. Interesting lies. Reporter Jason Pohl needs to find gun truths at GunFacts.info.

Yet I’m solidly skeptical of your remaining “news” stories, wondering what’s fairy tale vs. fact. Things look bleak. Are you a Brothers Grimm? Or an Adam Ruins Everything? I rally for the latter.

Perhaps there’s hope for the past articles you’ve composed. I dunno. Maybe nope. Yes?

Please seize the moment. Think twice, before pouncing to post lies, regurgitated by USA Today, who eats up numbers from skewed anti-gun groups like Everytown for Gun Control and The Brady Bunch & Co.

Above all, Jason Pohl, stay classy.

Twitter post of Jason Pohl's book and beer (drug).

Jason Pohl enjoys drinking beer, a drug.

Jason Pohl's Tweet "Drug Death in America Are Rising Faster Than Ever"

Jason Pohl finds this data to be staggering, even if the graph’s sourced by New York Times.

Chart: Alcohol is the drug of choice for 64.5% of American with a Substance Use Disorder

Alcohol is the drug of choice for 64.5% of Americans with a Substance Use Disorder, according to this graph that Jason Pohl didn’t tweet about.

#JasonPohl
@pohl_jason
@Coloradoan
#Coloradoan
#ArizonaRepublic
#FakeNews
#Everytown