Wednesday, December 30, 2009

On target


Drew Brees is the most accurate passer ever.

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Al Gore: unintentional comedian

 Al Gore reads his poem to Harry Smith. They are both very impressed with Al Gore. vomit


Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Climategate song - "Hide the Decline"



For those who aren't up to speed on this, the song title comes from one of the hacked (or leaked) emails of Phil Jones, head of the Climate Research Unit, which according to Iain Murray at Pajamas Media is the Pentagon of global warming science. Mr. Jones wrote to fellow climate liar Michael Mann that he had fudged data in order to hide the decline in recent temps. (shocking) Anyway, the name of the tune escapes me but you'll recognize it.

For those who want more...

Iain Murray says there are three things you absolutely must know about climategate.

1. The scientists discuss manipulating data to get their preferred results.

2. Scientists on several occasions discussed methods of subverting the scientific peer review process to ensure that skeptical papers had no access to publication.

3. The scientists worked to circumvent the Freedom of Information process of the United Kingdom.

Full article

Saturday, November 21, 2009

D'oh!

This guy may have a future on the Simpsons.

Friday, November 20, 2009

Global warming scientists cook the books


It's in a British newspaper so it must be true.


Bonus: Scientists can't figure out why the earth isn't warming.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Krauthammer Q & A with Der Spiegel

If you like words and stuff you will probably enjoy Der Spiegel's interview with Charles Krauthammer.

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Bullet impact

I found this video at hellinahandbasket. If you're interested in guns, shooting, physics or cool stuff you will like this. Be warned, the video is a little like Hotel California - you can check (it) out any time you like but you can never leave.


Friday, October 2, 2009

Is conservatism brain-dead?

An interesting take on the current state of conservatism.

Thursday, October 1, 2009

One-upmanship

If you don't want the answer don't ask the question.

Monday, September 28, 2009

Dying stupid

To the last sentence I say, duh

Saturday, September 26, 2009

Obama's smiley face


Last week the Obamas posed for 130 photographs with foreign bigwigs who were in town for the U.N. meeting. As you can see in this 20 second video the President's smile is identical photo after photo. I know he's a highly practiced politician, but still...

It will be less creepy if it turns out there is some photoshopping involved. For those who must see each photo click right about here to go the State Department's flickr page.

Friday, September 25, 2009

Political correctness kills soldiers and marines

All U.S. fighting men should go on strike until this kind of bullshit is stopped. If you're not sufficiently pissed when you're done, click the "harrowing account" link in the article.

Silver and Gold

You may not be interested in finding a huge cache of ancient treasure, but if you are buy a metal detector and move to England.


Update: The Hoard

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Defining Obama

Victor Davis Hanson writes that President Obama is an idiot because he spent too much time in school.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Arctic ice won't behave


National Geographic last summer: Arctic warming has become so dramatic that the North Pole may melt this summer, report scientists studying the effects of climate change in the field.

National Geographic this week: This year's cooler-than-expected summer means the Arctic probably won't experience ice-free summers until 2030 or 2040, scientists say.

Monday, September 14, 2009

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Rocks and Hard Places







The Final Son got married on June 27 and shortly thereafter the Final Daughter, the Archdutchess and myself, helped him and his new bride move to their new home in the middle of the Mojave Desert. The Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center is the world's largest Marine base and is located outside the town of Twenty-Nine Palms, California. The above photographs give a glimpse but they don't do justice to the steep, rocky terrain and the hot, relentless sun. If the USMC was trying to find the most inhospitable place in the lower 48 to let good guys practice killing bad guys, I think they succeeded. It is truly a hard place, but I guess that's what you need when your goal is to produce hard men.

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Fly-by fright


This F18 was flying low and close as part of a tactical demonstration in Detroit. If I was that guy on the balcony I would be demonstrating how to curl up in the fetal position and sob uncontrollably.

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Bird brain



Watch this crow bend a wire into a hook in order to retrieve a small bucket of food from a narrow tube. Too bad Nancy Pelosi isn't this smart.

Korea after dark


The largest blob of light up there is the South Korean capital city of Seoul. It's an active metropolitan area of over 10 million souls who do pretty much what free people everywhere do. They go to movies, eat out, waste time on the internet, and so on. For contrast check out Pyongyang, the capital of North Korea. It's not hard to find but if you have trouble start at the little communist dictator's forehead and go due left until you reach the only speck of light in the country. People there pretty much do what oppressed people everywhere do...what they're told.

The next time the little commie leader threatens to destroy America you can think of this photo and laugh. And if you're ever in the presence of some stupid lefty who's screeching that war is not the answer, tell them to look at this photo and then ask themselves if they think the Koreans on either side of the 38th parallel feel the same.

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Monday, July 6, 2009

Obama, bad for what ails you

Victor Davis Hanson does a pretty good job of sizing up the Obama method.

Saturday, July 4, 2009

Independence Day blast from the past

In 1973 the United States was in the process of giving up on a unpopular war, our economy was in trouble and, just like today, countries big and small were reaching out for our money, material and protection with one hand, and flipping us off with the other. Canadian radio broadcaster Gordon Sinclair was fed up with an ungrateful world and was compelled to speak out in an editorial entitled, The Americans.

Thursday, July 2, 2009

Atheists are haters

Read this article only if you believe in God, or not. Hat tip to Wonder Woman at Lasso of Truth.

U.S. soldier captured by Taliban

This ain't good. The best we can hope for is that his captors won't treat him as harshly as we do the Gitmo prisoners.

King Selfish and the Vicar stop in for a burger at Wheeler's restaurant in Kiowa, Ok - tasty



Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Monkey business

Pat Buchanan takes on Darwinism.

Monday, June 29, 2009

A Duke rape case the Left isn't concerned about

That silence you hear is the mainstream media and the rest of the self-righteous and hypocritical left. There are new rape allegations involving someone connected with Duke University but this time it's all quiet on the leftist front. Frank Lombard is the director of the university's Center for Health Policy and he's been charged with a very heinous crime, but for some reason this case isn't big news. Hmmm, I wonder why.

Sunday, June 28, 2009

Glock gun business

Inside the secret and violent world of Gaston Glock, maker of the most popular firearm in U.S. law enforcement.

He is the man behind the gun. You don't mess with Gaston Glock. His most trusted associate tried. Lured into a dimly lit garage in Luxembourg by his colleague Charles Ewert, the Austrian Glock stopped to look at a sports car at Ewert's suggestion. Suddenly, a massive masked man leaped from behind and smashed a rubber mallet into Glock's skull.

( The excerpt above is from a 2003 Forbes business magazine article. It's basically just your average CEO profile, with a little betrayal, embezzlement, and attempted murder thrown in. If interested, glock here now.)

Saturday, June 27, 2009

Obama lies, but not always

Yesterday the House of Representatives passed Obama's Climate Change-Energy bill. It will soon be taken up by the Senate. If you pay attention you will hear a bunch of lies from democrats about how this will create jobs and save the planet. What you won't hear is what Obama himself said about this bill back during the presidential campaign. In an interview with the San Francisco Chronicle he said, "Under my plan of a cap and trade system, electricity rates would necessarily skyrocket."

He also said that his plan would bankrupt the coal industry, from which around 50% of our electricity is generated. What he didn't say and what is true, is that virtually everything that costs you money now will cost you more if this bill is passed.  

Friday, June 26, 2009

Michael Jackson is dead, little boys now safe

The following article will not be a waste of your time.







Sorry Neda, We Have a Pedophile to Worship


By Joy Tiz - Canada Free Press
For previous generations, the question: “Where were you when Kennedy was shot” has served as a conversation starter as well as a catalyst for exploration of a shared history. It would seem that the quintessential question will soon be: “where were you when you found out Michael Jackson was dead?”?

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Boxer is a bitch, explained

Dennis Prager explains why Barbara Boxer is a bitch and why white Christian males are better than everyone else.

Friday, June 19, 2009

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Boxer is a bitch




Ma'am Boxer can't conceal her contempt for the military. Notice that when the stupid bitch chastises the general she doesn't address him by his title. Instead he is interrupted with a condescending, "you know".

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

What Liberal Media?

The following was published this morning at American Thinker...


A little food for thought from Newsbusters:

At the time of this writing, there are nearly 7,000 references to “George Tiller” in Google News.

There are under 500 for “William Long.”

George Tiller, of course, was the Kansas abortion doctor murdered Sunday morning by a man who allegedly had political and religious motives.

William Long was the 23-year-old military recruiter murdered Monday morning by a man who allegedly had political and religious motives.

George Tiller dedicated his life to killing fetuses.

William Long dedicated his to killing terrorists.

One story still has ‘legs,’ the other is yesterday’s news. Nice priorities you’ve got there, MSM.

Someone has already commented on Twitter saying Tiller was a public figure, while the soldier was not. Granted, but how often are US soldiers murdered on US soil by a terror suspect?

Update - With this, I’m not trying to condemn one killer while praising another. Scott Roeder is a criminal and nothing justifies the murder of Dr. Tiller.

What bothers me is the willingness of the media to smear the entire pro-life movement based on Roeder’s actions while devoting very little airtime or newspaper space to the national security implications of William Long’s murder.

Update II - Ace of Spades HQ blogger DrewM makes an interesting point on Twitter. When Dr. Tiller was murdered, the White House released a statement on Sunday afternoon. As of 11:15 a.m. EST, the Commander in Chief has yet to release a statement condemning the murder of a member of the armed forces by a suspected terrorist.

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

A happy day for Al Gore


Scientists at MIT now say that the earth is going to get much hotter, much faster, with much more dire consequences than previously thought. Frankly, I think it's all a bit much. On the bright side, if the planet does become a flaming deathtrap we will never again have to look at Al's sanctimonious mug. The article is a waste of time so take my advice and don't click the link. If you just have to click something, try this.

Monday, May 25, 2009

Memorial Day


Don't forget to take a minute today to remember the tens of thousands of young men who died fighting our enemies. Without their sacrifice we would undoubtedly celebrate different holidays in a different language. Everything we have, as a nation, we have because Americans are now, and have always been, willing to pick up a rifle and go wherever necessary to fight the bad guys. Today is about the ones that didn't come home. The least we can do is remember.

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Move Over Nancy-Boys

This woman is a genius.

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Sunday, May 3, 2009

Internet upgrade?

If you can read this you will want to read this.

Sunday, April 19, 2009

More Ballistic BS

I recently read an article at strategypage.com that stated that the U.S. Army is going to re-barrell their 7.62NATO M-24 sniper rifles to fire the .300 Winchester Magnum cartridge. According to the geniuses who came up with this idea, this will provide 50% greater effective range. Upon reading that statement, my bullshit detector not only went off, it almost exploded. This is a typical example of a "fact" pulled directly from someone's ass and then waved around and defended as a scientific certitude.

Just so everyone is on the same page the 7.62NATO/.308 Winchester and the .300 Winchester Magnum are both .30 caliber(.308) cartridges. This means that they fire the exact same projectiles, any bullet that can be loaded into one can be loaded in the other. The only ballistic difference is that the .300 WM propels it's bullet slightly faster. Assuming the same bullet weight and type the .300WM pushes it out 400fps faster than the 7.62NATO/.308. This velocity difference remains the same no matter what weight or type of bullet is used. By the way, all of the ballistic facts I'm using were extracted from my Sierra reloading manual, NOT a lower body orifice.

For comparison purposes I used the .30 caliber 180 grain boattail spitzer point bullet. According to my well worn Sierra manual, this bullet fired from the .308 Win. , leaves the muzzle at 2600fps (maximum load) and fired from the .300 Win. Mag, leaves the muzzle at 3000fps(maximum load). Remember now, according to the Army "experts", this extra 400fps in velocity equals 50% greater effective range.

What does "effective range" mean? Glad you asked. It means the range where the bullet no longer has enough velocity to deliver a lethal blow to a man. What is the minimun velocity required to deliver such a blow? Glad you asked. Some experts say 400fps others say 600fps and still others say something in between. For our purposes it doesn't matter, we are concerned with the DIFFERENCE between the two cartridges which stays the same no matter which minimum velocity is used. I used 600fps in order to save myself some calculating. Using the Sierra ballistic table I tracked the velocity loss for both cartridges down to the lowest number above 600fps. Here is what I found.

At 1800 yards the bullet fired from the 7.62/.308 Win. is moving at 628fps, if I took it to 1900 yards the velocity fell below the magic 600fps. Because I'm lazy I figured everything in increments of 100 yards, this makes the maximum effective range of this cartridge 1800 yards. If the Army "experts" are correct, the .300 WM will be effective at 2700 yards. Not quite. According to Sierra's ballistic data the "SUPER DUPER BAD GUY FLATTENING .300WM is effective out to a whopping, wait for it, 1900yards. Keep in mind folks, that this difference in effectiveness only comes into play at ranges past 1800 yards. At any distance under that, where 99% of sniper shots are taken, there is 0% difference in the effectiveness of these two cartridges.

Why do I care? Glad you asked. I'm weird in that I prefer that my "experts" actually know stuff. Oh yes, and there is the $4000 per rifle that the Army is going to spend to make this "improvement". The bad news for the Army sniper is that he's going to get a rifle with significantly increased recoil and noise, and negligibly increased perfomance. The good news is, due to the bulkiness of his new ammo he won't be able to carry as much of it.

Note to those who want to get REALLY technical: Yes the faster bullet has a slightly shortened flight time thereby VERY slightly reducing the effect of a crosswind. I maintain that this minor advantage is offset by the loss of the 7.62NATO/.308 Winchester's inherent accuracy.

Friday, April 17, 2009

Damned Lies

For the record, there is absolutely no truth to the malicious rumor that all the Archduke and I do is drink beer and shoot guns. Sometimes we dance.

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Here's looking at you

If you gaze upon this photo for 5 seconds you will know the feeling I get when I think of the current administration.

Thursday, February 26, 2009

Simple, Handy, And Under The Radar


Recently, while scouring the local pawn shops for bargains, I aquired an old "Springfield Arms" side by side 12 gauge.(not the one pictured above) The old girl was actually made by the Crescent Arms Company sometime in the 1940's. Back then Crescent Arms made a lot of utilitarian "farmer guns" under a variety of names and mine is one of them. The previous owner had allowed the stock to get loose and quite a bit of filth and some rust to accumulate. This same genius had removed about 2 inches of both tubes. I assume he used a hacksaw but from the look of the wound it could very well have been done by a grizzly bear with steel teeth. Anyway, I tightened the stock, cleaned it up, and had a gunsmith trim the tubes to 21 inches and install a brass bead. While she still isn't much to look at she does have some nice wood and everything works fine.


Now to the interesting part, this handy little shotgun with twin cylinder bore barrells will put 6 of 9 00buck pellets in a man size target at 25yds and if that doesn't impress you, it will put 3 of 9 in the same target at 50yds. That's right 50 yds! Kingselfish and I were also able to quickly and easily hit a man sized target in the vitals with a slug at 50yds using only the bead sight. After our shooting session I think I can safely say that bad guys should stay at least 51yds away from anyone armed with this type of weapon.


Now my question. Why don't more homes have one of these? For the guy who isn't interested in guns but sees the value in protecting his home, this gun is perfect. It is handy, as simple as they get, devastatingly powerful, and legal to own in all 50 states. They have the added benefit of looking "old timey" and don't seem to cause the gun haters to soil themselves like handguns and the black guns do.


If you've got 300ish dollars, and a need for a Spartan no frills weapon that will allow you to repel the huns when they come to sack your castle, something like this could be just what you need.




Saturday, February 14, 2009

Love, Sharia style

Muzzammil Hassan and his wife Aasiya are a Muslim-American success story. They came here from Pakistan 25 years ago and settled in Orchard Park, Ny, a suburb of Buffalo. They soon became influential members in the thriving Muslim community of Buffalo. Mr. Hassan was a successful banker until 2004, when at the behest of his wife he started a television station designed to combat the negative perceptions some Americans have of Muslims. The tv station has been a relative success and things have been going well for the couple, at least professionally. Unfortunately, their perfect romance would not last forever. Mrs. Hassan eventually came to realize she no longer loved her husband and recently made the painful decision to file for divorce. Then, predictably, things got all beheady.

Thursday, February 12, 2009

This Week in Islam

It seems things may be on the upswing in the Muslim world. A 23 year old Saudi woman was recently-gang raped by 5 dudes who probably look a lot like this pig. The good news is that instead of being stoned to death for adultery she was sentenced to a year in jail and 100 lashes. It's a start.

A publisher and editor of a newspaper in Calcutta have been arrested for hurting the feelings of Muslims. Seriously.

Remember Geert Wilders, the Dutch politician and film-maker who was charged with hate crimes in Amsterdam for his Islam documentary? Well, the British House of Lords invited him to England to show his film, then a British Muslim in Parliament threatened to have 10,000 frothing Muslims riot in the streets, then the House of Lords told Wilders to forget the whole deal, then he said screw you I'm coming anyway, then he went to England where he was met by customs officers at Heathrow airport, then he had his passport confiscated and was told to go home, then he said the Brits were a bunch of girls.

And that ends this week's This Week in Islam.

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

No kidding

Trust me on this, Mexico City is the kidnapping capital of the world. World, I say! In 2007 the official number was 789, although Mexican authorities say most cases go unreported. And in the first 4 months of 2008 that number increased 76 percent. Kids, tourists, businessmen, and rival gang members seem to be the ransom bait of choice for the discriminating Mexican kidnapper. Fingers, toes and hands are systematically chopped off until the victim's family pays up. And I don't need to tell you what happens when the ransom isn't paid. But I'm sure none of this surprises you. Everyone knows that Mexico is a cesspool so let's move on to something more interesting, like second place.

Alright smarty pants, which city comes in number 2 on the list? Think carefully. South America is a big, bad place. Russia and parts of Eastern Europe are no strangers to all manner of foul play. Virtually the entire African continent is corrupt. And don't forget the vile pit known as the Middle East. Oh, hell, let's just get this over with, it's Phoenix, Arizona. The Phoenix, Arizona. In America. The Mexicans are playing their game on our field. Dang.

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

It's about time we had some Koala cuteness on this blog

This young Koala was abandoned by its mother during a recent heatwave in Australia. Fortunately it was rescued by a family who provided sweet, refreshing water which the baby bear first tested...
then drank...
and finally...

Elections have consequences

Back in the soon to be good old days of W, the collective Left never missed a chance to ridicule the president. The hate crazies never failed to seize upon even the most trivial George Bush faux pas, using each one as a means to undermine, make fun of, and otherwise prove his unfitness for office. But my how things have changed. In his first few weeks in office, His Awesomeness has confused a window for a door, bumped his head while boarding Marine One, and made a really stupid face at an elementary school. Meanwhile the Left averted it's gaze, weakly cleared it's throat, and pretended not to notice.