Quote of the day–L. Neil Smith

They hate it because it’s an X-ray machine. It’s a Vulcan mind-meld. It’s the ultimate test to which any politician — or political philosophy — can be put.

If a politician isn’t perfectly comfortable with the idea of his average constituent, any man, woman, or responsible child, walking into a hardware store and paying cash — for any rifle, shotgun, handgun, machinegun, anything — without producing ID or signing one scrap of paper, he isn’t your friend no matter what he tells you.

L. Neil Smith
Why Did it Have to be … Guns
[I have tried to put it a little more succinctly but I suspect I will lose a lot of people with that. Smith spells it out concisely in a manner that everyone can understand. RTWT.–Joe]

Recovery is nearly complete

Boomershoot is very stressful for me. I usually only sleep four or five hours a night and loose about 10 pounds in the week around Boomershoot. This year’s event was the least stressful of any. I had several people comment on how low key I was compared to usual. I actually enjoyed strolling up and down the line watching for safety violations holding hands with Barb. Usually I’m too keyed up for either of us to enjoy holding hands much.

I think sleeping on-site helped lower the stress. I could work late and get up early to prepare for the arrival of the rest of the crew. Even though I slept in a tent next to the Taj Mahal that got down to 29 F just before dawn one morning I got more sleep than usual. It was interesting to me that I put a small jug of milk on some ice in a small cooler Wednesday noon and the ice still hadn’t all melted as of Saturday noon.

Barb seemed pleased that my appetite returned on Tuesday and I started eating normally on Monday.

I also have to give a lot of credit for the (relatively) low stress Boomershoot to our staff:

  • Scott K. makes an amazing contributions by showing up early Thursday morning each year and leaving long after nearly everyone else is gone on Sunday evening. This year he drove all the way from Virginia.
  • Brian and Cody worked until very late on Sunday as well. This is when I most appreciate the help. The anticipation and fun is over. It’s cleaning up after the party when you are dead tired. Thanks guys.
  • Mark Y. showed up Thursday morning as well and worked four solid days. He “only” had to drive an hour each way from Moscow.
  • Barron and Janelle B. drove about 1:15 each way from Uniontown and were there all four days.
  • Ry drove 340 miles from Seattle and was there all four days.
  • Ry’s daughters Anna and Arden folded boxes, stamped the ATF required markings on empty boxes, and did numerous other grunt work.
  • David S. came from Seattle and worked all day Friday, Saturday, and part of Sunday.
  • Rolf N. came from Seattle and helped make explosives and entertained us all with his puns.
  • Phil put in some time at the Taj doing some grunt work too.
  • Tim S. helped not only on the day of Boomershoot but with experiments last fall.
  • Daughter Kim worked long days Saturday and Sunday. She left the range at 19:22 on Sunday and looked like death warmed over. She had put away nearly everything at the Taj Mahal and even took down my tent, rolled up my sleeping bags, and stuffed them in my car. She had been up since at least 6:45 that morning. She usually makes nearly all of the Boomerite but this year Scott K. made the explosives on Friday while Kim was attending classes. Saturday she made all of it and cleaned up the production area while I and most of the others ran the High Intensity event.
  • Peter V. and John S. are nurses. They bring their medical kits and shoot in the Sunday event. They seem a bit disappointed they don’t get to treat and gunshot wounds or explosives injuries but they say they have a good time each year. This year John helped measure chemicals and fold target boxes on Saturday.
  • Boomershoot photographer (and daughter) Xenia Joy was there on Sunday and I’ll eventually go through her pictures and post some of them.
  • Bruce (Squirrel Hunter), Fred, and their crew did the raffle which netted $1300 for Soldiers’ Angels and distributed badges Friday night, Saturday night and Sunday morning.
  • Chris T. watched the road Friday, Saturday, and Sunday and radioed back to the shooting line about approaching cars.
  • Eugene Econ, Shawn W., Bill and Rob W., and Monte M. put on the Precision Rifle Clinic. In addition to all the expert shooting ability and coaching skills prep for this starts Thursday afternoon and involves moving large quantities of steel up a steep hill.
  • Wife Barbara Scott put up with me being gone (physically for three nights and mentally for at least a week) and then helped so much with numerous errands, providing transportation for the cameraman, and taking care of my mom while Dad came over to do an interview with Michael Bane. And most of all she hasn’t yet hit me for telling her over the megaphone that there were 150 people waiting on her to arrive so we could do the fireball. That doesn’t count all the tolerance she shows all year long as I prepare for the next Boomershoot. Some of her coworkers tell her she is a celebrity because of the attention Boomershoot sometimes gets. But, as she tells them, she isn’t a celebrity, she just sleeps with one. I think she means me.

Also, I would like to again thank Bruce for the matching Boomershoot jackets that he gave to Barbara and me at the Saturday night dinner. Those were awesome.

A contrast

In most states in the U.S. if you want to shoot clay pigeons you can go to Wal-Mart or any number of other stores, pick out a gun, fill out a form, wait a few minutes then pay for the gun and walk out with it and as much ammo as you can afford and/or carry. I considered the form and the wait an infringement. What would the courts say if there were to be a law requiring you to fill out a form and get permission from the government before joining a church (another constitutionally protected right)?

Even as oppressive as I consider our current laws it doesn’t compare to the U.K. when you want to go clay pigeon shooting.

Quote of the day–Oleg Volk

These rolling hills are Irish-Green
But those who herein dwell
Have rifles that reach a mile
To send Cromwell’s hosts to hell

To them Ruby Ridge was a warning
An alert to the fair and free
Like other, more recent incursions
Against them and you and me

Enjoy rolling hills of Idaho
They look Irish but hold more lead
In case someday reason fails
And the living might envy the dead

The Federal hydra seldom
Comes into these rolling hills
To it the climate is noisome
Though the locals are dressed to kill

Plain are natives of green and beauty
Simple and rough their talk
But they have enough math to know
How far long-range bullets drop

These rolling hills are Irish-Green
But those who herein dwell
Though wishing for peace and quiet
In war would do rather well

To them you are valued visitor
By whom they strive to do right
Those who come in friendship
Need not fear the rifles’ might

These rolling hills aren’t Ireland
But a more formidable land
And despite all the Pharaoh’s armies
These people will win in the end

Oleg Volk
April 29, 2009
Of Idaho
[Yup. There is lead in the hills and I’m not the only one in Idaho to invest in copper coated lead.–Joe]

Quote of the day–Lisa

I already checked: Georgia does recognize Idaho’s concealed carry permit. I will be taking my Ruger SP101 .357 with me. I will also invest in pepper spray, the biggest knife I can legally carry, and I plan on getting back into shape… those thugs in Atlanta will be sorry if they ever mess with an Idaho girl.

April 25, 2010
Tech it or leave it
[Lisa is my niece.–Joe]

Quote of the day–John Stuart Mill

War is an ugly thing, but not the ugliest of things. The decayed and degraded state of moral and patriotic feeling which thinks that nothing is worth war is much worse. The person who has nothing for which he is willing to fight, nothing which is more important than his own personal safety, is a miserable creature and has no chance of being free unless made and kept so by the exertions of better men than himself.

John Stuart Mill
[And those that would give up the tools with which they might fight for their freedom in the false hope that thugs and those that would take their freedom will give up their tools of oppression and become good neighbors are no better than those unwilling to fight for freedom.–Joe]

You ARE the Help

The now infamous North Hollywood bank robbery has been analyzed every which way and beaten to death.  Dozens of cops pinned down and absorbing fire from two sedated robbers was a disgusting, pathetic situation.  But this isn’t about that.  Seeing the History Channel documentary on it again the other day only reminded me of the larger point.  What triggered this post was the comment that these dozens of cops were waiting for help.

Help?  Dudes; WTF?  You ARE the help.  As Ron White pointed out; any teenager having experience with a hunting rifle could have ended the bank robbery standoff with two shots from a concealed position.

It comes down to mindset.  Sure, some people have more capabilities and resources than others, but in your everyday life, you, the reader, ARE the help if you have your mind right.  Bringing a pistol to a rifle fight is just one of countless examples of going through life, and even responding to an on-going situation, unprepared and oblivious.  Condition white.

You Do have fire extinguishers in your house and garage, right?  You do carry one in your vehicle, and you do carry jumper cables, tools, a working jack, water, a first aid kit, a spare coat, a good spare tire, a tow strap, a phone and a carbine, right?

I don’t have to try to display a complete list.  That’s not the point.  It starts with the mindset.  After that, the list comes along naturally.  Nor does preparedness come solely from hardware and supplies.  You can have all the goodies and not the mindset that tells you, everywhere you go, that you are the help.  Backup is another matter.  You are the first responder in your own life.  You choose either to face up to it or shirk your duty.

The current crop of weasels in government would have you do the latter.  They fear and hate the strong, the self reliant and the charitable, as threats to their relevance.

Tam’s recent post provides further study.

Quote of the day–Hoyt Axton

Joy to the world
All the boys and girls now

Hoyt Axton
From the song “Joy to the World” made popular by Three Dog Night.
[I’ve been having this ear worm of Three Dog Night singing this song play in my head since Wednesday. Maybe now that I have delivered another Boomershoot to the world it will stop.

David from Random Nuclear Strikes said it was the best Boomershoot ever. From my standpoint this was true. The glitches were fairly minor and things went nearly perfectly on schedule. Having Michael Bane’s film crew make requests slowed us down some at times but it was for a good cause.

As this ear worm playing I kept wondering… what does the Brady Campaign and the other organizations of gun owner haters have to offer that compares? Like Robb Allen said, “what gun controllers must do for entertainment – hit up the anti-gun range or go to an anti-gun show”. Boomershoot brought 125 people from all over the country to help turn money into noise. Sure, the VPC or the Brady Campaign turn money into noise too but the people spending the money are not happy doing it. We bring joy to the world and they bring hate and sadness.–Joe]

Boomershoot in progress

The Precision Rifle Clinic and the Friday night High Intensity event were a success last night.

The weather was absolutely perfect. Hardly a cloud in the sky and no wind. Today it is raining again and the wind is a little bit of a concern for me. The forecast for tomorrow is better. It is supposed to just be cloudy but no rain.

The HI event went a little slower than desired in part because I didn’t have the badges completely ready and we broke it up into three flights in part so Oleg Volk could take more pictures. Oleg Volk at Boomershoot! How awesome is that?

Of course as near as I could tell he was only taking pictures of the women. But that’s okay–a lot of the pictures were of daughter Xenia and Boomershoot staff member Janelle.

Boomershoot status

Gun Blogger Day was wet and cold. Some people did not show up because of that and we sped through the agenda and called it quits about 2:00 PM. It was about then that it stopped raining.

In other news we did got the shooting line set up and 700 stakes pounded into the hillside and other 350 or so at the tree-line.

We tested still another method of target deployment which after the first shot by David @ Random Nuclear Strikes caused nearly everyone to laugh. There is a reason we do all the testing. This was another demonstration of FAIL. If we have the time we will do more testing tomorrow and maybe get the new target deployment method perfected. If not we will revert to the stakes and put up another 150 stakes at the tree-line for Sunday.

Tales of woe

I usually keep my email on my computer in my Seattle area bunker then access it remotely. I decided not to do that for the trip to Idaho time because the battery for the uninterruptable power supply went dead. I purchased a new one but the control software says it is dead also. One power glitch and that computer is offline. So I transfered my email to my laptop. So far so good.

This morning the bunker computer went offline. Glad I moved all the critical files to the laptop. Lots of last minute email from Boomershoot people changing things like dinner plans, High Intensity participation, shooting partners etc. It was all safely on the laptop.

I was just finishing up thing at work before I left for Boomershoot country and my laptop died. It won’t boot. It will try then suddenly shut off. Ouch.

I called work and filled them in with things and they will manage fine without me. But that Excell spreadsheet with all the last minute Boomershoot changes was a problem. I had things backed up one more place. An home server computer that automatically gets all of the files in certain directories of my laptop and bunker computers. Unfortunately it doesn’t have Microsoft Office on it. I took the server computer with me (it’s an old laptop that son James was going to throw away).

When I got to the farm I borrowed my brother’s computer and printed out the spreadsheet pages I needed and I think I’m good to go again on that front.

Driving into the Taj Mahal there was one spot that was completely dry last time I was here and I didn’t expect it to be filled with water and soft mud. I hit it with the car going much too slow. I threw mud all over and just barely pulled through it. I figured I can probably get back through it okay by hitting it a lot faster the next time.

I set up my tent and unloaded most of the stuff out of the car… then it started raining about 6:30 PM. It’s raining hard (currently 7:07 PM). The entire area is a slip and slide now. I don’t think I’m going anywhere tonight.

I had planned to get the ATV and little trailer over here tonight so I could transport all the various stuff to the shooting line and the hillside. That is going to have to wait now.

Update: It has stopped raining now (8:25 PM) and my main laptop is working again. I’ve sent and received email. My tester at work says she fixed one of my bugs and another tester resolved another bug of mine as “No Repro” so I’m down to just two bugs. Thanks Crystal and Satya! I’ll think up something special for you guys at the Private Boomershoot Party next weekend.

Boomershoot weather

The weather forecast for Boomershoot this year is looking great. There will be a few people, including myself, in tents that might get a few drops of rain early tomorrow morning:

HOUR   Wed
SKY   Mstly Cldy Cldy Cldy Chnce Shwr Clear Clear Clear Clear
  Little / None Little / None Little / None Slight Slight Little / None Little / None Little / None
TEMP (F)   56° 59° 57° 51° 52° 62° 57° 45°
DEWPOINT (F)   44° 44° 45° 43° 40° 36° 33° 32°
HUMIDITY   64% 57% 64% 74% 63% 38% 40% 60%
WIND (MPH)   E 3 NW 9 W 7 W 5 W 3 NW 13 S 6 SW 2

But the Precision Rifle Clinic and the main event should be fine:

DAY   Thu Fri Sat Sun Mon Tue Wed
SKY Chnce Shwr Ptly Cldy Mstly Cldy Mstly Cldy Ptly Cldy Mstly Cldy Mstly Cldy
HI TEMP (F) 64 66 61 62 66 66 63
LO TEMP (F) 49 39 45 40 39 44 45


Forecast by My-Cast.

A threat to safety and democratic rights

An email from the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence:

Today, Majority Leader Steny Hoyer announced that the District of Columbia Voting Rights Act would be pulled from consideration in the U.S. House of Representatives because of the chamber’s inability to stop a National Rifle Association (NRA) amendment that would have effectively gutted the city’s gun laws. “The price was way too high,” said Hoyer, who indicated he made the decision along with D.C. Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton.

The Coalition to Stop Gun Violence (CSGV) applauds Majority Leader Hoyer and Delegate Norton for making this hard decision and for acknowledging that the bill was a threat to D.C. residents’ safety and democratic rights. It is a tragedy that a bill that would have extended voting representation in Congress to American citizens who richly deserve it was undermined by the NRA’s insidious agenda.

A recent decision by a federal judge upheld the District of Columbia’s new gun laws as constitutional and torpedoed the NRA’s claims that these regulations are arbitrary and tyrannical. Nonetheless, the NRA pressed ahead and put their petty, partisan agenda ahead of the civil rights of 600,000 patriotic Americans. Their goal was to drive a wedge between D.C. residents, but in the end we emerged unified and more determined than ever.

CSGV has been committed to obtaining full democracy for the District for 40 years. Our president, Mike Beard, was the first executive director of Self-Determination for D.C., a national coalition that was instrumental in passing the Home Rule Act in 1973. In recent years, we have been proud to advocate for voting representation and political autonomy for District residents.

We would like to thank the many individuals and organizations who stepped forward to protect the principle of self-determination in the District. Among them were the 13 members of the D.C. Council, ROOT (Reaching Out to Others Together), the League of Women Voters, DC for Democracy, the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, the D.C. Democratic Party, and—most importantly—family members who lost loved ones in the March 30 mass shooting in Southeast Washington.

I find it very telling CSGV calls the repeal of the oppressive D.C. gun laws “a threat to … democratic rights”. I didn’t know we had “democratic rights”. We have civil rights. We have voting rights. But “democratic rights” is something new to me. A quick Bing search indicates it is not a common U.S. phrase. My suspicion is that CSGV knew use of the more common “civil rights” would have yielded laughter and claims of ignorance and/or bigotry. And of course in the next paragraph they overlook the fact that the NRA is very concerned with civil rights. But despite all nine Supreme Court justices agreeing with the NRA that the right to keep and bear arms is a constitutionally protected individual right CSGV is willing to push for the clearly unconstitutionally representative for D.C. in the U.S. Congress. Apparently the U.S. Constitution is irrelevant to their agenda as is safety. If they were concerned with resident safety they would recognize that violence crime is much lower just across the political boundaries on all sides of D.C. where gun laws are more relaxed and that in the last year after D.C.’s fun laws were found unconstitutional violent crime reduced rather than increased as the anti-gun people predicted.

It would seem to me that a rational person would observe that the correlation between restrictive gun laws and high crime is positive in D.C. and that the relaxing of gun laws coincided with reduced violent crime. A rational person would be willing to relax the gun laws even more yet at every turn they fight for more restrictive laws. I can only conclude CSGV does not have rational people or they are not concerned with resident safety as they claim.

I have to smile at them anyway because as they whine about people being allowed restricted access to firearms I’m preparing for over 100 ordinary people to play with guns and explosives for four days. My accomplishments in the next few days will be on television (and has been before and the show was even nominated for an Emmy) and reach thousands of times more people than their pathetic news release.