Range Notes - 2008-12-27 
2009.01.27 19:55 - Guns, Browning Hi-Power, M1 Garand, Meatspace Stupidity
This would be the much-overdue post I've been meaning to write since the end of last month. No promises about the quality of the writing.

So, the Saturday after Christmas, I collected my rather small arsenal, eighty-plus pounds of water in plastic bottles of varying size and shape and took my sister off to the gun range for a lesson in impractical pistol and rifle shooting. My father came along to dispose of a defunct chainsaw. More on that in a moment.

Dad was kind enough to drive, which is handy because fitting three people, a rifle, and all the water bottles in the passenger compartment of my car wasn't happening, also I was feeling pretty tired, as it was relatively early on a Saturday morning.

Off to the range we went, and were able to get signed in and set up while there were still lanes available. By the time we left, people were lining up for vacancies on the firing line.

I set my sister up with the Browning Hi-Power on the theory that the smallish steel-framed 9mm would be the most easily handled. This worked so well that I nearly had to wrestle it away from her to the other guns. Suffice to say, she had fun. She also quickly became an equal to or better shot than myself, which is mildly annoying.

While she entertained herself with the Hi-Power, I set up the Garand and put the first couple of shots down range. I am no longer worried about the bore. It's fine. Also, it's really impressive what 150 grains of .30-06 soft-point will do to a gallon jug of water.

To our right was another guy with a Garand. He appeared to be rather more serious about things than I am, and had himself a rest and homemade brass catcher and target stand. To our left was a handful of guys with AKs and ARs that appeared to be plinking away.

At the second all-clear, we dragged out the chainsaw. A fresh clip went into the Garand, and Dad was given the first shot. My sister took some after pictures, but nothing from beforehand. Trust me, it was a chainsaw once. By the time we left, there wasn't even much to scoop up and drop in the trash can, but we had some help from both sides (Garand guy asked permission, and we're pretty sure a few other souls just blazed away at anything downrange and target-like).

Finally, there was Mr. Wuss. Poor Wuss.
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I have decided that I have one regret from 2008. 
2009.01.27 17:54 - News and Politics
Given the way the election went, I should have cast a write-in vote as a protest. In my locality, my state and the country, it would have made exactly as much difference, and at least it would have said something other than "I prefer liberal Republicans to extremely liberal Democrats." Not that I don't, just that I could also have said "I prefer $something_else to any of these jerks."

I'm just not sure whether I'd have written in Paulson/Neuman or Thompson/Coolidge.
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I'm just messing with you, Mgrdcm. 
2009.01.22 14:02 - Internet Stupidity, Miscellanea, Site/Meta
If you aren't Mgrdcm, please disregard.
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2009.01.21 15:04 - Guns, Zombie Preparedness

Details forthcoming.
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I don't wholly agree, but ... 
2009.01.21 08:36 - News and Politics
Greg Mankiw remembers a conservative blogger's observation:
Jane's Law:
The devotees of the party in power are smug and arrogant. The devotees of the party out of power are insane.

Originally from QandO. (If you click through far enough, you'll find that "Jane's Law" is at least partly inspired by right-wing derangement during the Clinton years.)

This is part of why I've stopped reading RedState in the last few months, as some of their senior editors appear to getting terribly close to stepping off the spittle-flecked edge. (Other reasons include their shift to focus on Activism!, as I have no great interest in being a professional agitator, however benign. The major reason their are so man full-time activists on the left seems, to me, to be a reflection of the appeal that the left's ideas have to people that have never had a real job.)

Some of the other observations over at the (three-year-old) QandO post seem reasonable to me, as well.

Also on politics: I hear we have a new President. Well, I hope he has a successful presidency, but it must be understood I don't hope he succeeds on anything or everything he attempts in office.
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