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Automotif CLXXXV...

  There was a time when I actively disliked the lines of the C3, but that's softened over the years. I've warmed up to them rather a lot, but I think it's the body style easiest to ruin with aftermarket bodywork.  This clean, stock model from...well, 1970-'72, somewhere in there...is rather attractive, but sticking spoilers and such on them inevitably winds you up in Corvette Summer territory, and nobody wants to go there. Nobody who's sane and has good taste, anyway.Part of my mixed feelings m...
Tags: Guns, California, Tam, Zoom zoom, Automotif, Corvette Summer


Greatness and the Profit Motive

 My internet meanderings this morning caused me to run across a vintage Car and Driver piece from the launch event for the Porsche 928, back when it was still intended as the 911 replacement and the Porsche of the future. It's a great article with classic writing from David E. Davis and L.J.K. Setright, among others, and includes this quote from Ernst Fuhrman, then-chairman of Porsche:"It's not surprising that a car that is designed to be good at 230 kph would be good at 100. It would be very su...
Tags: Guns, Germany, General Motors, History, Porsche, Ford, Gm, Toyota, Tam, ESTES, Daimler Benz, Carroll Shelby, L J K Setright, Zoom zoom, David E Davis, Money Makes The World Go 'round


Fakery on the internet? Say it ain't so!

 How good are you at spotting bogus social media profiles, the kind that are just being used to agitate or exploit social divisions? (For some reason these are called "trolls", which doesn't seem entirely accurate, but the term has stuck.)I got six out of eight right at this link. I'd have gotten seven, but I managed to outsmart myself.  "This is such an obvious troll account that it must not actually be a troll and there's some little tell that I'm missing. They just want me to think it's ...
Tags: Guns, Tam, Life In The Monkey House, Teh Intarw3bz, Spitting In The Wind, Conspiranoia


The Slogans are Replaced, by-the-bye...

 Man, watching the backing and filling on both sides explaining why they're flip-flopping on their positions from four years ago has been hilarious. The august adults elected to our nation's senior deliberative body are trotting out talking points that are little more than long-winded, polysyllabic versions of the ones familiar to parents of toddlers: "She started it!" and "Billy did it first!"Ted Cruz's convoluted but consistent arguments on This Week showed that he got his money's worth out of...
Tags: Politics, News, Guns, Supreme Court, Scotus, Obama, Senate, Harvard, Hillary Clinton, Ted Cruz, Mitch McConnell, Bad Ideas, Baseball, Hillary, Billy, Tam


Polititainment

 As I would have expected, the Sunday morning political talking head shows this morning are lit , y'all.As someone who is somewhat of a Meet the Press partisan, it pains me to say that This Week With George Stephanopoulopoulopoulos consistently has a better panel discussion, what with Rahm Emmanuel and Chris Christie as permanent fixtures sparring with each other. . [Author: Tam]
Tags: Politics, Chris Christie, Guns, Tam, Rahm Emmanuel, Bread And Circuses, George Stephanopoulopoulopoulos


Wherein I Realize I'm A Poor

Checking out the prices of current night vision gear, I'm wondering if "WE LEASE THE NIGHT!" might not be a valid business model to pursue.#nightvision— Tamara K. (@TamSlick) September 19, 2020  A good ballistic helmet and NODs would be sweet, but that's just way too gucci for my income bracket. Plus, that's only the start of a very expensive rabbit hole that leads to IR illuminators, taller optics mounts, and all kinds of other unforeseen expenses. "It's not the camera body that's the big e...
Tags: Guns, Tam, Tacticool, Preparedness, Tamara K, Gear Ho


We're living in a straight-to-video '90s SciFi flick.

*1990*SCIENTIST. “I can send men 30 years into the future! But—“GENERAL. *hits button**zot*CHRONONAUT. “Amidst pandemic & unending natural disasters, President Donald Trump, creator of Space Force, brings Middle East peace—“S. *gunshot*S. “see? they always come back insane”— David Hines (@hradzka) September 11, 2020   [Author: Tam]
Tags: Politics, News, Guns, Middle East, Donald Trump, SF, Tam, Teh Intarw3bz, T'hee, David Hines, Space Force


Disappointing, actually...

 Just as a data point, dude running a G48 with Shield Arms 15-round mags in last weekend's Rangemaster Instructor Development class was having constant problems with them. Tom mentioned he hadn't seem them running well in a class yet, to his knowledge.   I don't mean to get off on a rant, here, but the 48 runs fine with factory 10-rounders, and Glock also makes a 4" gun that runs like a top with 15-round mags and has been more or less the industry standard for a reason.   "But have you trie...
Tags: Guns, Tam, Tom, Kimber, Glock, Boomsticks, G-Lock, Gun School, 19ByGod11, Gun Wrenching


Automotif CLXXXIV...

Side marker lights, red FORD in the grille, no doors, dual wipers, 302 badges... I'm guessing this is a '70 Bronco Sport with aftermarket fiberglass door inserts done to roadsterize it? (I'm not enough of a Ford nerd...especially a Ford truck nerd...to tell the model years apart at a glance, but I do know the Roadster disappeared after 1968 and the 302 didn't debut until '69, and '68 side marker lights were low on the front fenders.) [Author: Tam]
Tags: Guns, Ford, Tam, Zoom zoom, Automotif


The most British battle name ever.

 So King Henry VIII of England decided he wanted his kid Eddie, who was, like, six years old at the time, to be promised the hand of little Mary, daughter of the Scottish king, in marriage. (She wasn't even two yet, so it's unlikely she was asked her opinion on the matter; dynastic politics are creepy as dammit.)Now, if you wanted your son to marry your neighbor's daughter, what would you do? Well, if you were Henry VIII, you'd invade your neighbor's house and try burning it to the ground.Englan...
Tags: England, Guns, France, Scotland, History, Eddie, Tam, Henry Viii, Mary, Scots, Dauphin, Wikiwander


Countercurrents...

 Kevin Creighton jumps back into the blogging game:Social media is addicting. Social media is a drug. And it was a drug that was taking over my life. So this is my methadone to social media’s heroin. I’m getting back into the blogging game. Look for my links and longer content and rants and snarky remarks to show up here, rather than on Facebook. I may write about politics here, I might not. I might write about music here, I might not. I probably won’t write that much about guns, though, as I ge...
Tags: Facebook, Guns, Writing, Blog Stuff, Tam, Teh Intarw3bz, A walk on the slippery rocks, Kevin Creighton


Now the orcas are going loopy...

 Who had "killer whales get cranky and attack sailboats" as their September 2020 prediction? The latest incident occurred on Friday afternoon just off A Coruña, on the northern coast of Spain. Halcyon Yachts was taking a 36ft boat to the UK when an orca rammed its stern at least 15 times, according to Pete Green, the company’s managing director. The boat lost steering and was towed into port to assess damage.   Around the same time there were radio warnings of orca sightings 70 miles south, at ...
Tags: UK, Wtf, Guns, Spain, Nature, Vigo, Ships, Tam, Pete Green, Vidjo, Taxonomy of Modern Dangers


This is where we start gene splicing, right?

 Permafrost is becoming a lot less perma in many areas of the arctic, which has already led to the discovery of some well-preserved wooly mammoths. Now the thawing of long-frozen ground has unearthed a couple of well-preserved cave bear carcasses.This has allowed the species, which was formerly known only from fossils, coprolites, and steamy historical romance novels, to be seen in the flesh for the first time.Like anyone who's read a Crichton novel, my first thought was to hope that someone was...
Tags: Books, Science, Guns, History, Nature, Tam, Crichton, Neat-o


Rawr.

 When is a Ferrari not a Ferrari? Wait, that's not entirely correct... When is a Ferrari still mostly a Ferrari except not exactly the kind of Ferrari it's pretending to be?GTO's Revival cars are designed to be driven and used. They take the legal identity of what are normally basket-case Ferraris from the same period, most often 330s or 365s, and are then rebuilt with a new chassis, bodywork, and a fresh V-12 engine. In the case of the GT SWB, that means hand-formed aluminum bodywork, with the ...
Tags: Guns, Ferrari, Tam, Teh Intarw3bz, Zoom zoom, Rawr, Scagletti


Gun School...

 In the era of the traveling firearms instructor, a cert from Rangemaster's Instructor Development Course is as close as there is to a blue chip credential for a trainer from whom you may be looking to get schooling. [Author: Tam]
Tags: Guns, Tam


Automotif CLXXXIII...

  The 911 was always my "someday" car and, like most people, the versions that were cool right when I was getting around to driving age were the ones that I kinda wanted the most.Sadly, it looks like air-cooled 911's of any variety have passed the bottom of their depreciation curve and even a driver-grade SC is comparatively silly money these days compared to not all that many years ago. As a matter of fact, I went nosing around the auto sales sites thinking that maybe early '90s cars might sti...
Tags: Guns, Carrera, Tam, Zoom zoom, Automotif, My G-g-g-generation, Automotif CLXXXIII


Handycam

 The problem with taking a class that you're trying to document for a writeup is that it's hard to get good photos. Sure, you can pull your phone out of your pocket every so often, but that has limitations. Either you have to get up in the instructor's grille or you have to crop heavily to get decent shots. I tend to stash a DSLR somewhere along the sidelines. If we're running two relays on the line, I shoot pics while the other string is shooting bullets. If we only have one, I ask to be put a...
Tags: Guns, Writing, Sony, Dslr, Tam, Topeka, Nikon Coolpix, Gun School, Citizens Defense Research, Pickcher Takin


Automotif CLXXXII...

 Out picking up some shandies at the local 21st Amendment the other night, I was greeted by quite the sight in the parking lot when I emerged with my purchases. In comparison to the screaming orange McLaren, the Zed Drei...even with its top dropped...was as pedestrian as a Fairmont wagon with mismatched hubcaps.They say that Zoomers aren't interested in cars or driving anymore, that they just want to live in an entirely virtual world on their phones while being Ubered around in the back of gene...
Tags: Guns, Kids These Days, Mclaren, Nikon, Tam, Zoom zoom, Automotif, Pickcher Takin


Sad Trombone

 "These thirty pieces of silver are counterfeit!" -Josh Powell, probably, on reading the NYT's panning of his book.I guess no matter who he shanks, he's not getting let back into the Bien Pensant Clubhouse & Cocktail Party Circuit.The money quote from the review:"Now he’s a singing insider in the year of the singing insider, a misfit chorus performing a cappella around a trash can fire."That's pretty much summing up the publishing scene in 2020 thus far, yeah. . [Author: Tam]
Tags: Books, Guns, Tam, Josh Powell, Snark, Bien Pensant Clubhouse Cocktail Party Circuit


Listen to Vimes

"...and don't be afraid to spend money on a good, long-lasting pair of boots." https://t.co/gASXM1WRlI— Tamara K. (@TamSlick) September 8, 2020   [Author: Tam]
Tags: Guns, Tam, Teh Intarw3bz, Gear Ho, Vimes


Decades

I heard a radio station's channel ID proudly proclaim that they played the hits "from the Eighties, Nineties, and today!"Well, "today" is the 2020s, so I guess that means music from the Aughts and the Teens isn't in the mix for that channel?— Tamara K. (@TamSlick) September 7, 2020   [Author: Tam]
Tags: Guns, Kids These Days, Tunes, Tam, Tamara K, My G-g-g-generation, Eighties Nineties


IRIS Jon Frum

 So I'm wikiwandering around the world and wind up in Bandar Abbas, which apparently means "Port of Abbas". Abbas was the Safavid Shah who, with English help*, took the port city of Comorão from the Portuguese (who had themselves taken it from the Persians a hundred years earlier**) and promptly named it after himself.These days the city's port serves as a major base for the Islamic Republic of Iran Navy, having, as it does, a commanding position on the Strait of Hormuz.The harbor facilities are...
Tags: Guns, US, Iran, History, Royal Navy, Ships, Shah, Tam, Abbas, Strait, East India company, Bandar Abbas, Wikiwander, Googlesat, Joseph Dempsey, IRIS Jon Frum


I had no idea that Holden could read.

  Biting is Holden's love language, and one of his favorite methods of communication. Not hard, nor enough to break skin, but he has a surprising variety of bites for conveying info...more types of bites than words the apocryphal eskimos had for snow. . [Author: Tam]
Tags: Cats, Guns, Holden, Tam, Teh Intarw3bz, T'hee, Memeishness


Icepicks and Safety Blossoms

  Look at that mean-looking bullet on the left. That's a Winchester Ranger T projectile, a product-improved version of the old Black Talon bullet. Specifically, it's a 127 grain bullet from their "+P+" RA9TA loading.That's the load I used in my M&P9 back in the day. As a matter of fact, that bullet was fired from one of the last three rounds left over in a box that had actually been used to load my carry magazines.Looks mean, right? All expanded like that with the fang-looking points on the jac...
Tags: Guns, Fbi, Miami, Winchester, Tam, Remington, Ammunition, Boomsticks, Range Notes, Black Talon, Silvertip, Doc Roberts, Real Clear Ballistics, Winchester QC


I shouldn't have to say this, but...

Every so often some Cletus on social media goes "Hyuk hyuk! I dunno what 'ammo panic' y'all are talking about. I live in FREE AMURICA, and my local gun store, Joe's Freedom Blasters in Two Mules, Kansas, has plenty of ammunition!"  Care to guess what Joe's Freedom Blasters doesn't have any more of forty-eight hours later, and isn't going to get any more of for months? I wouldn't be giving away the location of that secret fishing hole, dude. There are major distributors who don't have that m...
Tags: Guns, Joe, Tam, Boomsticks, Preparedness, Cletus, Two Mules Kansas


Fun Gun Nerdery

 There's a fun post on rifle chamberings and modularity over at Counter Jockey Chronicles."The AR platform is pretty damn effective. And thanks to its modularity it can be tailored to any situation that arises.  But unfortunately, the DOD seems to think the pistol is where Joe and Jane should have modularity. And that's the dumbest damn thing done in the name of jointness since Robert Strange tried to make the F-111 a carrier based interceptor." [Author: Tam]
Tags: Guns, Joe, Tam, Dod, Jane, Tacticool, Boomsticks, Teh Intarw3bz, AR stuff, Robert Strange


Safer sex now means wearing a mask, says Canada's Chief Public Health Officer

If you must have sex with someone outside of your household or social bubble, dispense with the kissing and consider wearing a mask, says Dr. Theresa Tam, Chief Public Health Officer of Canada. While it sounds silly, the suggestions are scientifically sound. From Dr. Tam's statement issued this week: The lowest risk sexual activity during COVID-19 involves yourself alone. If you choose to engage in an in-person sexual encounter with someone outside of your household or close contacts bubb...
Tags: Post, News, Sex, Masks, Canada, Tam, Safer Sex, COVID-19


Test Pattern

 One last day of gun school this week. Normal blogging should hopefully resume tomorrow. . [Author: Tam]
Tags: Guns, Excuses, Tam, Gun School


Gratuitous Gun Pr0n #191...

The 3913LS: Maybe the best single-stack DA/SA CCW auto ever. The internet likes gun pictures, right? . [Author: Tam]
Tags: Guns, Tam, Smith and Wesson, Boomsticks, Gratuitous Gun Pr0n, DA SA CCW


Well, that's positively horrifying...

"A man in Brisbane, Australia, returned home to find two huge snakes had fallen through his kitchen ceiling on Monday.The carpet pythons measured around 2.9 meters (9.5 feet) and 2.5 meters (8.2 feet), according to snake catcher Steven Brown, of Brisbane North Snake Catchers and Relocation, who removed them from the property."Both these snakes were two of the fattest snakes I've seen, as in the amount of muscle they had," Brown told CNN, adding that they were "very well fed."[snip]The snake catc...
Tags: Wtf, Guns, Cnn, Nature, Tam, Brown, Brisbane Australia, Steven Brown, Eek, Brisbane North Snake Catchers