Thursday, June 23, 2011

"The Citizen Kane Of Jukebox Musicals"

I watched "A Hard Day's Night" on Netflix today. It's still fresh!

Pattie Boyd (yes, that Pattie Boyd) had an uncredited part as a passenger on the train.

Somewhere In Ohio, Last Month

From The Driver's Seat

There's something about big trucks in the rain. I wonder how many foot-pounds of energy a fully-laden rig has?

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Special Graphics Filter Reveals

So, what was in those 900 pages of heavily-redacted documents that the ATF sent to Congress?

Thought so!

h/t Say Uncle.

Kicking The Can Down The Road

Congressional Budget Office Warns Of Debt Explosion

Fed Says Economy Is Slowing, Will Let Bond Program Expire

Financially Troubled Postal Service Suspending Contributions To Employees' Retirements

Like watching a slow-motion train wreck.

The Mexican Government Has An FFL

Yeah, a real ATF-issued Federal Firearms License. Is that why "most weapons siezed at crime scenes in Mexico are traced to FFLs"?

Sen. Grassley asks the ATF:

(5) Data indicates that the top source dealer for illegal firearms traced in Mexico for 2009 was "Direccion General de Industria Milita" or the Directorate General of Military Industry in Mexico. They provided 120 firearms that were later traced back, likely after a crime. Why does this entity have a U.S. Federal Firearms License? Are sales to this and other foreign entities with U.S. FFL's included in the numbers the ATF provided as being a gun from a "U.S. source"? If so, why?

It could turn out that the two organizations most responsible for trafficking guns to the Mexican narcos are the ATF and the Mexican military.

From Dave Hardy's Of Arms And The Law.

Monday, June 20, 2011

A Trip To The Range

I took the Garand to the range this afternoon. Here's one of the targets:

I don't often get an X-ring, even at short range and with 16 shots...

Here's an example of smartness here. The Garand won't reassemble if the hammer is down. What to do?

Answer: Make the trigger guard cock the hammer!

There's a lot of other design cleverness in this trigger group that I'm not competent to describe adequately.

Thursday, June 9, 2011


I'm reading "The Traveller's Tree" by Patrick Leigh Fermor, a reprint of his 1950 account of a voyage through the Caribbean. Staying at the Hotel des Antilles in Guadeloupe, he was besieged by insects, even under mosquito nets, and wrote,

Joan's plan - still, alas! as I write, no more than a plan - of sleeping chained to a chameleon seems to be the only practical way of neutralizing the unceasing siege of the insect world. With this alert little basilisk camped on one's bosom, suitably camouflaged to melt into the slumberwear; prepared, at the faintest buzz in the surrounding ether, to fire half a yard of tongue at the foe, and swallow it without blinking an eye, one might snore the night peacefully through. Not otherwise.

Delightful book, so far, but contemporary readers might be a little put-off by the author's attempts at amateur ethnology.

Monday, June 6, 2011

Busy Day

I took an eleven-mile bicycle ride in the Prince William Forest Park this afternoon. It's adjacent to the big Quantico Marine Base. This bridge is over the Quantico Creek. Sometimes, if I'm in a part of the park close to Quantico, I can hear the "pop-pop-pop" of our nation's youth at play.

And this evening I took in a minor league baseball game. This seat cost me $12. I had a wonderful view of a bunt in the fifth inning. The ball rolled down the first base line, about a foot to the left of the stripe. The first baseman charged it, but the batter sprinted ahead and passed the ball before the first baseman could reach it. The first baseman picked up the ball and did a wild spinaround to try to tag the batter, but the batter arched his back and the tag missed, by about an inch. The umpire and the manager had a heated discussion about that play, but I think they called it right: safe at first.

The commercial tie-ins were amusing. Nearly every inning was sponsored by a business or product. The first inning was sponsored by a car wash, "The Official Carwash of the Potomac Nationals." The second inning was sponsored by a cookie company, "The Official Cookie of the Potomac Nationals." The third inning was sponsored by a spa, "The Official Spa of the Potomac Nationals." And the fourth inning was sponsored by Kraft Singles, "The Official Sliced Cheese of the Potomac Nationals."