Thursday, March 5, 2015

Coming To Speak At Duke University School of Law

April 13th.  The Federalist Society is flying me out to speak about the racist roots of gun control.  I am flying in late on the 12th (depending on my broom) and leaving the 14th about 2:40 PM.  I don't have any other plans during those days, although I believe dinner plans have already been made for the evening of the 13th.

I Transferred My Old Phone To The New One

I discovered some pictures I took on my Alaska cruise a few years ago.

But I can't figure out how to upload pictures stored in albums
  I can't find them in the file system.  Suggestions?

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Getting Used To Cold Baths

The needed part won't arrive until Monday.

I'm beginning to think it is time for a third party

We now have the absurd situation where ARepublican-controlled House won't vote to stop amnesty for illegal aliens because the Speaker of the House is concerned about bad press, and the White House is discussing raising tax rates without Congressional approval.  The Republicans are no longer useful.  Why bother voting when Republicans act like Democrats?

Another Victory For America; Defeat for Environmentalists and Obama

From Yahoo News:
NEW YORK (AP) — The U.S. has so much crude that it is running out of places to put it, and that could drive oil and gasoline prices even lower in the coming months.

For the past seven weeks, the United States has been producing and importing an average of 1 million more barrels of oil every day than it is consuming. That extra crude is flowing into storage tanks, especially at the country's main trading hub in Cushing, Oklahoma, pushing U.S. supplies to their highest point in at least 80 years, the Energy Department reported last week.

If this keeps up, storage tanks could approach their operational limits, known in the industry as "tank tops," by mid-April and send the price of crude — and probably gasoline, too — plummeting.
I wonder what "executive action" Obama will come up with to solve the problem of cheap gas?

We Don't Need A Congress

White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest confirmed Monday that President Obama is "very interested" in the idea of raising taxes through unilateral executive action.

"The president certainly has not indicated any reticence in using his executive authority to try and advance an agenda that benefits middle class Americans," Earnest said in response to a question about Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) calling on Obama to raise more than $100 billion in taxes through IRS executive action.

"Now I don't want to leave you with the impression that there is some imminent announcement, there is not, at least that I know of," Earnest continued. "But the president has asked his team to examine the array of executive authorities that are available to him to try to make progress on his goals. So I am not in a position to talk in any detail at this point, but the president is very interested in this avenue generally," Earnest finished.

If only there were an opposition political party to King Obama!

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Went Shooting Today

Someone from church and I went shooting at a range a few miles up Harris Creek Road.  It has been almost a year since I have fired a gun, and it was gratifying to see that my memory of how to shoot a handgun reasonably accurately has not been lost, firing both right handed and isosceles stance with both hands.  The American Arms PX-22 had a number of failures to eject, perhaps because it hasn't been cleaned recently enough, or the ammo is old.  .22LR is just not that well sealed from the environment.  I thinkn it just needed cleaning.

The Colt/Walther M1911 .22:R functioned flawlessly, and while not the recoil of a .45 ACP or 9mm, function was similar enough that it will make a great practice gun for the .45 and Browning H-Power.  Pleasant to shoot, and accurate enough to be hitting a 3" diameter metal plate target at about 25 yards much of the time.

UPDATE: Gun cleaning turns out to be great therapy for my right hand: a liitle struggle, but it forces me to use my hand.

My off-the-cuff assessment is that the Colt/Walther is about as accurate as my Colt Government Model, perhaps slightly less than my Browning Hi-Power, so a good practice gun.

Cleaning the Colt/Walther was a little frustrating.  Disassembly is similar an M1911A1, but with a couple of gotchas that suggest the M1911 was left a little too long in the presence of a Walther PPK with Barry White playing in the background.  After removing the slide stop, turning the barrel bushing, and releasing the recoil spring plug; you remove the slide from frame by pulling back to rear of frame, and then lifting the rear of the slide up and off, much like removing the PP or PPK slide.  The only problem on reassembly is that you need to get the recoil spring plug and spring under the barrel bushing before trying to twist the bushing back into position