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Poor Reasoning

By this logic, I can throw out my smoke detectors and fire extinguishers, yank the seatbelts and airbags out of my car, and cancel all my insurance policies. BRILLIANT! — Tamara K. (@TamSlick) April 21, 2019 "That's different! Seatbelts are for saving people and guns are for shooting people!""That's presuming that there's never anyone who needs to be shot." [Author: Tam]
Tags: Boomsticks, Spitting In The Wind, Teh Intarw3bz, Tam

Eternal Darnation

There are elementary school children who can see that sign, and who might be able to read it. Would you want to put their souls in danger of eternal heckfire? — Tamara K. (@TamSlick) April 21, 2019 [Author: Tam]
Tags: Life In The Monkey House, T'hee, Teh Intarw3bz, Tam


Long night last night. Didn't switch to decaf until late and didn't take any melatonin. Went to bed at 11:00 and fell asleep fine, but sprang wide awake at 2AM and couldn't get back to sleep.I just stayed curled up in bed and finished reading Cocktails From Hell. Good book. I'll try to remember to write a review this week.Finally dozed back off sometime just before 5 o'clock and back up at seven. This will not do. . [Author: Tam]
Tags: Books, Guns, Tam, Whining


They opened the box on Schrodinger's Probe to reveal the Rashomon Report: It says exactly what everybody thought it was going to say. — Tamara K. (@TamSlick) April 19, 2019 [Author: Tam]
Tags: Life In The Monkey House, News, Politics, Spitting In The Wind, Tam

Two Years Gone...

I suppose as one gets older, one gets more of these dates to remember.I have to live with that, but I don't have to like it. . [Author: Tam]
Tags: Guns, Tam, Teh Intarw3bz, Suckage

Hey, look!

The entirety of my Full Conceal M3D review is up at RECOILweb. . [Author: Tam]
Tags: Guns, Writing, Tam, Boomsticks, Teh Intarw3bz

Circular Feline

View this post on Instagram Rannie has taken to sleeping on Bobbi’s office chair. #catsofinstagram A post shared by Tamara Keel (@tamarakeel) on Apr 17, 2019 at 7:03am PDT [Author: Tam]
Tags: Cats, Guns, Tam, Bobbi, Tamara Keel @tamarakeel, Instagram Rannie

Interesting factoid...

"At the base of the spire was a group of statues: the twelve Apostles, in four groups of three, each group preceded by one the animals symbolizing the four evangelists, and all of them -- all but one -- facing out towards Paris. The lone exception? St. Thomas, patron saint of architects."Click on the link for the rest of the fascinating story! . [Author: Tam]
Tags: News, Guns, History, Paris, Thomas, Tam, Neat-o, Teh Intarw3bz

Hey, look!

"Other than the mildewed-sweat-socks-soaked-in-ammonia aroma given off by the Russkie powder and primers, the test continued exactly as before. The Smith & Wesson Model 5906 didn’t seem to care about the ammunition change and kept chugging away."The 5906 writeup! Go check it out! . [Author: Tam]
Tags: Guns, Writing, Smith Wesson, Tam, Smith and Wesson, Boomsticks, 2k Wrapup


So, it had been a while since I'd shot a timed FAST in a class environment. Way back in late 2015, as a matter of fact, in a Langdon class, I shot a 7.62 raw time with the M&P I was carrying at the time. A dropped shot on the 3x5 card made it a 9.62, which still squeaked into "Intermediate". Since then, I had switched to the Glock 19 for carry and gotten to the point where I was pretty comfortable turning in clean mid-to-high sevens, at least by myself or with a friend or two on the range, but ...
Tags: Guns, Tam, Murphy, Boomsticks, Gun School, Langdon Beretta

Automotif CXLXXII...

This 1960 T-bird seems to have been spruced up a bit since last I saw it. A new top and rear window at the least. Maybe a paint job? . [Author: Tam]
Tags: Guns, Tam, Zoom zoom, Automotif

I LOL'ed and LOL'ed...

...because it's true. OOCQOTD: "Throwing knife people: The knife people of knife people." — Tamara K. (@TamSlick) April 17, 2019 [Author: Tam]
Tags: Guns, Knives, Tamara, Qotd, Tam, Teh Intarw3bz, T'hee

Another Government Impermissibly Censors Constituents on Facebook–Robinson v. Hunt County

This lawsuit alleges censorship by the administrators of the Hunt County Sheriff’s Office Facebook page. The Facebook page invited “input and POSITIVE comments regarding the Hunt County Sheriff’s Office.” The page was intended to discuss “matters of public interest,” but it claimed it was “NOT a public forum.” At one point, the account posted the following: We find it suspicious that the day after a North Texas Police Officer is murdered we have received several anti police calls in the office a...
Tags: Facebook, Texas, Law, Kentucky, Court, US, Social Media, Randall, Trump, Morgan, Tam, Robinson, Fourth Circuit, Eric, Bevin, Loudoun County

Argument analysis: Justices grapple with immoral and scandalous trademarks

On Monday, the Supreme Court considered the intersection of free speech and trademark law when it addressed the constitutionality of prohibiting trademark registration for offensive trademarks. This case arose in the aftermath of Matal v. Tam. In Tam, the court struck down the Lanham Act’s prohibition on registration of disparaging trademarks, holding that the ban constituted viewpoint discrimination in violation of the First Amendment. The question before the court on Monday was whether the pro...
Tags: Featured, Supreme Court, Law, Congress, California, George Carlin, Miller, Times Square, Tam, Sonia Sotomayor, Stewart, John Roberts, Roberts, Alito, PTO, U S Patent and Trademark Office

‘Star Wars: Resistance’ Season 2 Begins Right Where Season 1 Ended (and Everything Else We Learned at Star Wars Celebration)

Fans attending the Star Wars: Resistance panel at Star Wars Celebration were the first to get a sneak peak at the first episode of the second season. Executive producers Justin Ridge, Athena Portillo, and Brandon Auman were joined by cast members Christopher Sean, Suzie McGrath, Scott Lawrence, Myrna Velasco, Donald Faison, and Bobby Moynihan. The early portion of the panel was devoted to the roots of the series, the look, and the timeline. During the panel, cast members shared some thoughts on...
Tags: Television, Movies, Abc, Sci-fi, Features, Lucasfilm, Collins, Leia, Poe, Tam, Justin, PTI, Padawan, Bobby Moynihan, Athena, Velasco

Celluloid Swords Into Archaeological Plowshares

Declassified hi-res photo negatives from Lockheed U-2 spy plane flights from the '50s and '60s are helping map out early civilization..."Interesting archaeological features captured in the images included a canal irrigation system in Northern Iraq and prehistoric stone-wall hunting traps called desert kites, which were used to trap animals like gazelle over 5,000 years ago. The kites were preserved for a very long time because of the dry desert environment, but as modern agriculture expanded int...
Tags: Science, Guns, Iraq, Planes, History, Tam, Neat-o, Lockheed U

QotD: Just What I Choose It To Mean Edition...

From Gun Culture 2.0:"Militarized handgun, like assault weapon, is an elastic concept which can be stretched to encompass all sorts of guns. Which is perhaps the point."Given the stated goals of the term's originator, I'd say that's exactly the intent.Remember that GCA's "sporting purposes" clause barred the importation of military surplus bolt-action rifles and double-action revolvers for years, and they only get in now under a C&R exemption. [Author: Tam]
Tags: Guns, Qotd, Tam, GCA, Boomsticks, Teh Intarw3bz, Ignorance is no excuse for a law

Black & White is Photography's Mother Tongue

View this post on Instagram Flowers #canoneos1n #agfapan25 #filmisnotdead A post shared by Tamara Keel (@tamarakeel) on Apr 16, 2019 at 5:16am PDT There's just something about the way the Agfapan 25 handled the textures and shadows in this picture that I really love... . [Author: Tam]
Tags: Guns, Nature, Tam, But is it Art, Tamara Keel @tamarakeel, Pickcher Takin, Agfapan

Tool Fixated

When rolling around in a force-on-force scuffle in a class like ECQC, you can sometimes see people get "tool fixated". You will see, for instance, someone get completely fixated on the task of clearing a malfunction in a Simunitions Glock that choked when they tried firing it with the other person's hand around the slide, or perhaps obsessively trying to wrench a Sims gun away from their opponent.While they're doing this, they lose awareness of the entirety of the situation and their opponent is...
Tags: News, Guns, Tam, Don, Addo, Homerton, David Drake, Ignorance is no excuse for a law, A walk on the slippery rocks, Preparedness, Gun School

Fooey on the Draft

Iancu v. Brunetti (Supreme Court 2019) [Oral Arg Transcript] In this case, the Federal Circuit held that the prohibition on registering “immoral” or “scandalous” marks is a facial violation of a registrant’s First Amendment free speech rights.  Here, Brunetti is seeking to register the mark “FUCT,” which the solicitor identified as a close homonym of “the paradigmatic word of profanity in our language.” Oral arguments were held on April 15 before the nine Supreme Court justices. In the case bef...
Tags: Supreme Court, Law, California, Uspto, Patent, Tam, Cohen, Coast Guard, Roberts, Ginsburg, Alito, PTO, Sotomayor, Breyer, Sommer, Kavanaugh

A “view” from the courtroom: Dangling past participles

The first case for argument today involves the highly provocative trademark, “FUCT,” for a line of “streetwear” founded by Erik Brunetti in California in 1990. Brunetti’s lawyer, John Sommer, promised in his merits brief that references to “vulgar terms” will be not be necessary during oral arguments, or if necessary, “the discussion will be purely clinical, such as when medical terms are discussed.” Erik Brunetti seated in courtroom for argument (Art Lien) At the end of the hour, he will ...
Tags: UK, Featured, Supreme Court, Law, Congress, California, Walmart, George Carlin, Quentin Tarantino, Donald Trump, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Samuel L Jackson, Carlin, Jules, Tam, Stewart


"Republican Party politicians and consultants want their voters to think that there is a mob of Ivy League professors, DC economists, Wall Street traders and Hollywood producers waiting outside Cracker Barrel at 2 am to punch small town conservative Christian American in the face and knock all the jobs out of them."Mencken wept, somewhere in the back row of a chautauqua in the Sahara of the Bozart.In response to a Facebook friend's statement that "douche troll vs. triggerd snowflake is our curre...
Tags: Facebook, Books, Hollywood, Guns, Republican Party, Tam, Buckley, Sahara, Mencken, Teh Intarw3bz, Bread And Circuses, Vidal Bobbi

Smith M&P 48...

If there's a segment of the handgun market with more ferocious competition right now than the subcompact skinny 9mm segment, I don't know what it is.In apparent response to the Glock 48, now S&W has a 4" version of the Shield, which is apparently available in plain vanilla, as well as versions with a Brand X red dot, and with the red dot and barrel porting.Not a huge fan of porting anymore, as it doesn't provide anywhere near the recoil reduction of a true expansion chamber comp, while being a l...
Tags: Guns, Smith, Tam, Tacticool, Boomsticks, Gear Ho

Captain Sunshine

Apparently, if you enjoyed Rust Cohle's nihilism in the first season of True Detective, you can go get it straight from the source: The Conspiracy Against the Human Race.I discovered that here. . [Author: Tam]
Tags: Books, Guns, Tam, Teh Intarw3bz, A walk on the slippery rocks, Bread And Circuses

Too cool!

Less muss & fuss than my black powder keychain cannon, albeit without the satisfaction of actual gunpowder smoke. . [Author: Tam]
Tags: Guns, Tam, Boomsticks, Neat-o, Vidjo

The tail end of winter...

EOS Elan II, Fujicolor 400 I shot this one walking home from lunch a few weeks ago, on the same walk where I snapped this photo of our neighborhood dinosaur... [Author: Tam]
Tags: Guns, Tam, Broad Ripple and Environs, But is it Art, Shouldn't we talk about the weather, Pickcher Takin


Recently I scored a Canon EOS Elan II body from KEH for, like, $29 during one or another of their recent sales. This was Canon's "prosumer" film body from '95 until it was superseded by the Elan 7 in last half of 2000. Since they still sell Fujicolor 400 at the local Meijer, as well as CVS & Wallgreens, that's what I use for testing cameras for light-tightness.I just got the photos back from Roberts yesterday. I'd say the camera still works great! [Author: Tam]
Tags: Guns, Nature, Tam, Pickcher Takin

Strong Side vs. Other Strong Side OC Carry

In the photo above, you'll notice that the shooter still has the OC canister in her support hand. Thanks to our arboreal antecedents, one of the things we do when we're startled is grab on to things really tightly. (Tree-dwelling critters who let go of things when startled tend to plummet to their deaths before they can have many offspring.)In her case, she'd verbally engaged the moving target, which kept coming at her. She sprayed it with (inert) OC, and when that didn't work, she drew and fir...
Tags: Guns, Tam, Boomsticks, Preparedness, Gun School

The Day Our Planet Took A Bullet

The Tanis site, in short, did not span the first day of the impact: it probably recorded the first hour or so. This fact, if true, renders the site even more fabulous than previously thought. It is almost beyond credibility that a precise geological transcript of the most important sixty minutes of Earth’s history could still exist millions of years later—a sort of high-speed, high-resolution video of the event recorded in fine layers of stone. DePalma said, “It’s like finding the Holy Grail clu...
Tags: Science, Guns, History, Earth, Nature, Tam, Richards, DePalma, Tanis, Jimmy Hoffa

Sleep for Safety

Class this weekend was in Terre Haute, which is barely over an hour away. I took MAG-40 at Sand Burr Gun Ranch up in Rochester, which is about an hour and a half's worth of driving.I know there are people who will commute those kinds of distances, but I'm a big fan of getting a hotel room close to the range. I do this for two different safety-oriented reasons:First, I'd like to point out that statistically speaking, the most dangerous firearms related activity any of us do is driving to and fro...
Tags: Guns, Ihg, Rochester, Tam, Pat Rogers, Gun School, Safety first - Accidents last, Sand Burr Gun Ranch