Monday, October 29, 2007

Coming Out of the Closet

Due to my feelings, deep introspection, and perhaps the undue influence of a muscular guy with a mowhawk and a really big, uh... IQ, who drinks fruity mixed drinks with tiny umbrellas in them, I have made the conversion.

It's true.
I'm a Ron Paul supporter.

It started out small... I don't know what happened.
Just little things at first, like the war on (some) drugs, the TSA tards, the Patriot Act, a government ID for my dog, the NAFTA superhighway, the NAU, and my life history going into a federal database because I bought 12 cold tablets.

The Real ID. The Number of the Beast?

Gather 'round!
Freedom's on the march, right?

And then there's the whole gun thing...

Let's face it, Ron Paul is a conservative. A real one.
Not a "well I'm one now!' conservative.

And his voting record backs that up, unlike the "others".

Pro-life? Really?
Then check this out: Ron Paul on Abortion

And I'm not alone.

I know, I know. I've heard it all. MoRons, Paulbots, moonbats, spammers...
Neo-Nazis, White Supremacists, Holocaust Deniers, 9/11 “Truthers” Ron Paulites.
Blah, Blah, Blah.
And he's not a "only the pro-war can be conservative" conservative.

I know I am going to lose some readers.
I hope I don't lose any friends.

I'm scared. My country is in peril.
Immensely more so from within than from terrorists and rogue nations.

Paranoid? Maybe.

But I look at England and California, and I see the state of the union in a decade or less.
A police state.
And I have a daughter and nieces and nephews.

So I'm voting for freedom.
And liberty.
And I'm voting for what is right.

And I'm sending the guy money. All I can afford.

And if I'm throwing my vote away, then that's my choice, isn't it?
But I am NOT EVER voting for a liberal just because he has an "R" in front of his name again.
The front runners that Hannity and Co. suck up to; forget it.
McRomney? Gudy? Forget it.

I pushed hard for Bush. Look at my archives.
I took time off from work to go to a rally for him.
Yard signs, donations, the phone bank on election day, heated discussions to sway voters... you name it.
I was on the team.

And he stabbed me in the back. Numerous times.
No more.

I understand the people I talk to that don't vote now.
I don't agree with them; but I understand.

Arguments?
Bring it.

Pro-gun, pro-life, anti-NAFTA, anti-amnesty, anti-IRS, anti-Federal Reserve, anti-UN, anti-ATFE(FU).
Never voted for a congressional pay raise.
And the list goes on.

So, there's my secret.

Shame?
Not really. Although the lead-in post was (in my mind) comical.

But the comments were funnier.
For the record: I am not gay, I am not MAC user (shudder), or a lesbian, Celion Dion fan, Hillary fetishist, Survivor or Dancing with the Stars fan, Michigan fan (nor Ohio, actually - I'm sports-neutral), or a foreign car or Prius owner.
(Granted, if I'm not gay, I obviously don't own a Prius)

Will I really be called names, and be shunned, and called stupid and paranoid and ignorant?
Yes.

Yes, I will.

But I can handle it.

And please, consider what I've said, and what I'm posting in the future.
I'm not crazy (or at least not any crazier than when I started this minuscule blog almost 3 years ago), and I love this country only behind my family and Jesus.

If we vote for the same type of folks, we're going to get the same results.

God bless America.
Ron Paul for President 2008.

Sunday, October 28, 2007

ePostal Contest and a Survey

My friend doubletrouble of Rattail Bastard (that's a type of file, folks) did have a poll to take about guns, but it's gone.
Hmmmm. Maybe he'll bring it back.

And the ePostal match, Handgun Golf is still going on over at Traction Control, too.
This would be a good day to get in some practice!

And I still need to update the "Bloggers I've Met" blogroll in my sidebar, but I haven't forgotten.

Friday, October 26, 2007

I Can't Take It Anymore















I can't go on living a lie.

I can't go on decieving my readers, my friends, and my family.

My hidden shame.

My darkest secret.

My inner turmoil.

Was I born this way?

Is it a choice I've made and don't realize it?

I have to let the world know who I am.

I'll have to live with the epithets, slurs, and ridicule.

I can hide no longer...

Stay tuned.

Thursday, October 25, 2007

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Ayup.


To be civilized is to restrain the ability to commit mayhem.
To be incapable of committing mayhem is not the mark of the civilized,
merely the domesticated. – Trefor Thomas
Are you civilized, or something else...

Saturday, October 20, 2007

Gunblogger Rendezvous II Highlights.

(Click on any pic to bigify.)

A couple of these are my pictures, but many of them are courtesy of the gracious Joe Huffman, of Boomershoot fame, amongst other things.

Why Joe's pictures? He took way more pictures than I, with a much better camera, and the resultant pictures were, as one might expect, much better.

Thanks, Joe!
Here is Joe and his lovely and charming wife, Barb.













They are standing by the car where Joe found my Microtech knife that I would have been most upset to lose. Thanks again!

The MAN who started the Gunblogger Rendezvous, the talented Mr. Completely.
Take a bow, sir!












And Mr. C's better half, the comely Keewee, of Keewee's Corner.




















And yes, she shoots... a lot.
Here she is with Say Uncle and his 9mm AR15 (very cool, BTW).















The most beautiful shooting range I've ever seen...












Joe Huffman's ultra-accurate, loooong range, match-grade Remington 700 in 300 Winchester Magnum, or as Kevin calls it, a godswitch. Heh.
Note the totally old-school HP calculator on the bench for gooey gun geeky goodness. Yes, he calculates range and ballistics and bullet drop and.... "stuff" with it.
Gun geeks are the best geeks.












USCitizen loading up the AR15 50BMG conversion!
And yes, he is an FFL and Class III dealer! Yay!!















Oh, yeah...














Yes, size does matter; note the 22 Long Rifle cartridges in the magazines at the bottom left.


















Say Uncle at the trigger of the 50.
Don't think you don't get some looks from the other folks there when that puppy goes off!!!












Yikes! A split 50BMG case!! Mondo bad juju.








As was the case last year (the Kalashnikitty shirt), Melody Byrne once again had the best t-shirt at the range.



















Dirtcrasher from Anthroblogogy engaging in some stress relief with his beautiful 45 Colt Long revolver. What a sweet shooter that piece is. Update: I almost forget that Dirtcrasher dropped about $200 bucks on refreshments and never asked for recompense. What a guy!!
















Our guest of honor Charles "Chuck" Ziegenfuss, and Mr. Completely.
And can Chuck shoot! Wow!!
He also got to meet Steven Tyler of Aerosmith on his way home.
Cool!




















What a great time.
And for a great cause, too: Project Valor-IT. Check it out. Give 'em some cash.

I should have some more stuff up soon. Lots of gun pron.

Thursday, October 18, 2007

New ePostal Match, and ePostal Results.

I had gotten so busy with the Rendezvous that I forgot about the ePostal contest.

The new contest is being hosted by my friend USCitizen over at Traction Control.
And what a great picture for it!

















It's a pistol golf match, and the last one was quite challenging, as I recall.
Get the rules and target download here - ePostal Match: Handgun Golf Returns

Additionally, here are the results of last months ePostal Contest (hosted by Ahab of Call Me Ahab) called Safari -

Overall Results


Name

Firearm

Caliber

Class

Rifle Targets

Pistol Targets

Score

Ahab

10/22 – Walther P22

.22/.22

3

46

93

139

UAW Guy

10/22 – Hi Standard

.22/.22

1

47

82

129

Smokejunkee

Marlin – Ruger MkII

.22/.22

3

46

82

128

Ahab

Marlin – ’58 Rem.

.22/.45

4

41

85

126

Mr. C

Savage – Hi-Standard

.22/.22

1

44

80

124

Mr. C

Win. 62 – Hi Standard

.22/.22

2

44

79

123

Manfred

Norinco - HK

.22/.45

7

42

79

121

Leon

CZ 452 – CZsp01

.22/9mm

7

44

72

116

Mr. C

Rem. – Hi-standard

.22/.22

4

42

74

116

Smokejunkee

Marlin - Vaquero

.22/.38

7

44

65

109

Leon

CZ 452 – Sig P220

.22/.45

7

41

68

109

Danno

10/22 – Ruger 22/45

.22/.22

3

44

39

83

Smokejunkee

Marlin - 1911

.22/.45

7

44

36

80

Carnaby

Savage – Springfield

.22/.45

7

43

21

64

Elof

Savage – Springfield

.22/.45

7

43

13

56



I took a respectable 2nd place, and I think this is the first time this season I beat Mr. Completely! Of course, that will change with this next contest, but it will still be fun...

Lock and load, folks!

One Of the Best Lines of the Rendezvous

Was from the erudite Kevin Baker -

Kevin is sitting with his gun cases on the shuttle bus that goes between the two Circus Circus buildings.

A lady boards the shuttle, and thinking band equipment, she inquires, "Keyboards?".

To which Kevin replies with a smile, "No, percussion".

I don't care who you are; that's funny.

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Gunblogger Rendezvous II

Sorry for the late/light posting. Busy playing catch-up, plus the accelerated PLC class I'm teaching started tonight (for me - as I was absent Monday!).
Anyhoo...

The GBR II was a smashing success.
Guns, friendship, gambling, and good chow.

And for a good cause.
The money raised went to Project ValOUR-IT (Voice-Activated Laptops for OUR Injured Troops), and is part of the overall Soldiers' Angels cause (and they do great work as well).

This year's speaker was CPT Charles Chuck Ziegenfuss, who gave a very moving (and also funny) talk to us about his experiences and injuries, as well as how important and helpful these laptops for wounded soldiers are.




















A great guy and a great cause.
My wife won the grand prize at the dinner raffle, and graciously donated said prize (heh - a pistol) to Chuck.

He deserves it.
And my wife rocks.

Thank you for your service, your sacrafice, and the great work you are doing now, Chuck.
I am blown away.
Wow.

Also, I need to post about the Ko-Tonics 6.8 SPC upper (TOTALLY sweet!) for an AR, and tons of other stuff.

But I can't thank Chuck enough...

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

And A Good Time Was Had By All











Late arrival home, playing catch-up, and the pistol league is tonight (I've got to go in 5 minutes!). GBR II posting tonight or tomorrow.

In the meantime, drool over this Ko-Tonics 6.8 SPC upper (for an AR) that was auctioned off at the Rendezvous! Click picture to embiggen.

Back.

Just got back from T-town airport (that's Toledo for you furriners).

The Gunblogger Rendezvous (part deux) was a total blast! Better than last year' which was great as well.

Need to unpack guns and some luggage and sleep.

And next year, I want to see YOU there (unless you suck, but if you read my site, that is statistically improbable).

Pics and comments to follow.

Friday, October 12, 2007

Let's Get Ready To Humbllllle!!!

Journeyed forth to the the 2nd Annual Gunblogger Rendezvous.

Lots of good folks, good food, and good drink. And my lovely bride is with me as well!

Once again, as I noticed last year, this is one of the smartest groups of people I've met.
As one guy put it, "scary smart"

This inspires my faith in humanity. The revolution will be in good hands.

It also makes me wonder what it would be like to be 4 or 5 standard deviations to the right of the mean on the old IQ chart.
I have to admit there are some things I will never know...

Let the humbling begin.
At least it's good humbling.

And tomorrow we shoot!!
A lot!!!

You know, to practice for the revolution. ;)

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Rest In Peace

Karen Danner
August 15, 1950 - October 6, 2007

After a valiant, hard fought (and well fought, I might add) battle with cancer.
God rest your soul Karen.
It was truly my pleasure to know you.

Please say a prayer for her husband, son, and family and friends.

Tuesday, October 09, 2007

Stabbed in the Back, Again.

You know, if I didn't know better, I would think that Bush was a NWO guy, and is trying to get Hilary to win...

THE NEW WORLD DISORDER
Bush backs Mexico, rapist-murderer
International court seeks to block death penalty in Texas


WASHINGTON – The U.S. Supreme Court will hear a case Wednesday in which the Bush administration will seek to overturn the death penalty of a convicted rapist-murderer at the behest of the International Court of Justice.

Jose Medellin confessed in 1993 to participating in the rape and murder of two Houston teenagers. Jennifer Ertman and Elizabeth Pena were sodomized and strangled with their shoe laces. Medellin bragged about keeping one girl's Mickey Mouse watch as a souvenir of the crime.

snip

"We find ourselves in an unusual position," Texas Solicitor General Ted Cruz told the Houston Chronicle. "Texas is not regularly litigating against the United States. But sadly enough, the United States will appear alongside Medellin at the argument."

snip

Meanwhile, Randy and Sandra Ertman, the parents of one of Medellin's victims, also have weighed in. In a court brief filed on their behalf by the California-based Criminal Justice Legal Foundation, the Ertmans argue that their 14-year-old daughter's rights, and the rights of other victims, will be given short shrift if the justices further delay the "already long-overdue execution of this well-deserved sentence."

"This case has produced much lofty discussion about international law and the separation of powers. We must not forget, though, that this case is about a real crime against real people," they wrote. "Enough is enough."


Compassionate conservatism at it's best, I guess.

And for you conspiracy people, here's an interesting one, too:

PREMEDITATED MERGER
Ex-Mexican prez: Yes, there will be an amero
Vicente Fox confirms long-term plan worked out with President Bush

Right on Larry King Live, even.

I have a funeral to go to.

I need a drink.

Monday, October 08, 2007

My 15 Minutes of Fame

Here is an interview I did with Patriot Xeno, of Right Hand of God. It is the first time the origination of the name jimmyb has been broached.

Heh. Kind of sad...

So a while back, in a post I'm too lazy to link to, Conservative UAW Guy won the pickup line contest, but was gaffing off all the notification emails I was sending to him. Well a couple weeks ago, he responded, and I've just been to busy to post it. Basically, it's something along the lines of IMAO's "Ronin Profiles", which I am also not linking to (though odds are you all are reading them anyways).

Without further ado, I give you Conservative UAW Guy:


How did you get your name?

Heh. Uhhhhh...well...

This is a two part answer:
Part One:
Once upon a time (decades actually) I used to do the driving (sober) to a lot of concerts, while the other concert goers could partake in adult beverages (and perhaps other things, I don't about that though - they were in the back!). This worked out for me as well, because I didn't feel crappy the next day, and I could actually remember the outing!

This semi-frequent chauffeuring ultimately landed me the moniker "James", as in "Home, James.".

Part 2:
Then one day, while I was (I think) at my brother's house, imbibing, I felt the sudden need to relieve myself of the contents of my stomach (I hate that). So while I was hugging my porcelain friend (soooo....cool...), someone asked where I was, and the answer was (thanks, bro!):
"James? James be pukin'".

Which was then cruelly turned into James B. Pukin'. (Family members can be such pricks.)
And then sometimes it was just James B.
While rarely used, it was a good second name to use for code, and when I started cruising my first blog regularly ( my blogfather's site, IMAO, incidentally), jimmyb just seemed right.

Once I was using that, I didn't want to lose my street cred when I started my own humble blog, so I kept the name.

Give us a brief history of yourself.

I was born a poor black child... (Sorry, I always liked that movie, though).

Ohio born, still live there.
Married with two kids, one almost 21, one deceased.
Techno-nerdish tendencies, but still ultra-cool.

Exceedingly humble, as well.

I always liked electricity, and do industrial electrical maintenance, engineering consulting, computer stuff, and technical training for a living.
Ex-atheist, ex-agnostic, ex-Democrat, ex-hippie, but always pro-gun.

And damned near an ex-Republican.
I think I'm morphing into a (small L) libertarian, or maybe I've been one and just didn't realize it...

Found Jesus late, but I think he was hiding behind a really tall guy, so...

Who is the greatest superhero, and why is it Batman?

Batman.
Who else would it be? He has the coolest car and the coolest gadgets.
The various iterations of Cat Woman over the years don't hurt his case, either.

You've been one of our most consistent readers, how long have you been reading?
Wow. Uhhh...almost three years?
My blog is 2 and a half, and I think I was reading you guys before I started mine.

Why should we read your blog?
Because it's the third best blog in the universe (right behind RHOG and Maddox).

Final comments?

Did I win any guns or bacon?

Wait, I guess that's a question.
Comment: RHOG ROCKS!! (Ok, now do I get any guns or bacon?)


Indeed. We do, in fact, rock. Now go visit his site, and tell him we sent you.


The do, indeed, rock. Go see them at Right Hand of God.
And tell them jimmyb sent you!

Friday, October 05, 2007

Another Pupdate.

The toothy one is now 7 months old, and 70 pounds.




















At this rate, when she's five, she'll weigh 600 pounds.

We love her, but if she gets over 280, she's outta here...

Wednesday, October 03, 2007

She Cleans Up Nice.












Got the '02 Blackbird out over the weekend to try to at least run a tank of gas out of it this summer (I've put a whopping 100 miles on it this year, so far).

And I thought of an incident.

While cruising the country roads around my house one day, I came up behind a two wheeled rice-rocket at a stop sign. The driver turned to look at me (heh - the car is quite loud, I must say), and proceeded to gun his engine. As he did so, there were pops and whines and flames shot out of the muffler/tailpipe. Kind of nifty.

Understanding the offer, we proceeded to drive down the back roads.
Fast.

So we're cat and mousing, just playing around, and he finally realizes he actually can't lose me. But it's all in fun, of course.

Then, I totally lost the "Who's Coolest" contest.

The guy starts slowing down. Quite a bit.
When he gets down to about sixty, which is indeed quite a bit slower than the 130mph (just kidding officers!) sedate 65mph we were doing only moments ago, he does something I've never seen.

He wiggles his butt a little, and then pops a wheelie, at SIXTY FREAKING MILES PER HOUR, and speeds up to about 90, riding that sucker for about 3/4's of a mile, or more.

My jaw dropped open. This guy is a nut!

Not only could I not top that, but I would never want to.

But it was pretty cool.
I wonder if he's still alive...

Tuesday, October 02, 2007

It Has Begun...




















Ayup.
Summer is officially over, and the fall pistol league has begun.

The first night of the league I shot a 98-3X (out of 100) on my rapid fire target (rim-fire) with the trusty Ruger MKII!

Yay!
(Rapid fire consists of two strings of 5 shots, in 10 seconds, 10 shots total - shot standing, one-handed at 50 feet).

Of course, I boned my slow fire target, and only ended up with a 267-4X (out of a 300 perfect score). Respectable, but i want that elusive 270+.

I want it bad. *sigh*

Center fire score tonight - Meh. 235-0X.
I need to be in the 240's and 250's. My pipe dream is high 260's to low 270's.
I'll update you on that and if monkeys fly out of my butt.
Roughly the same odds.

Anyhoo, this means I need more practice, which means I have to do more shooting.

Hmmm...There has to be a downside in there somewhere, but I'm not seeing it.
I'd better go reload some ammo...

Monday, October 01, 2007

Please, Just Someone Tell Me It Will All Be OK...

Should I be worrying yet?

U.S. Senate agrees to raise U.S. credit limit
With the U.S. government fast approaching its current $8.965 trillion credit limit, the Senate on Thursday gave final congressional approval of an $850 billion increase in U.S. borrowing authority.

The Senate voted 53-42 to raise the debt ceiling to $9.815
trillion, the fifth increase in the U.S. credit limit since President George W.
Bush took office in January 2001.

Social Security is $13 trillion short
But... I thought Social Security was in tact for decades!

US Dollar Hits Record Low Against Euro
US Dollar Hits New Low Against Euro for 7th Straight
Session; Canadian Dollar Hits 31-Yr. High

Gold hits 28-year high
Gold jumped 1.6 percent to a 28-year high on Friday,
boosted by a record low dollar and firmer oil prices, while platinum reached a
10-month peak and looked to test an all-time high.

Bush Seeks New Image on Global Warming
Are you freaking kidding me? HELLOOOOO libertarians!

Plan Uses Taxes to Fight Climate Change
Dealing with global warming will be painful, says one of the most powerful Democrats in Congress. To back up his claim he is proposing a recipe many people won't like _ a 50-cent gasoline tax, a carbon tax and scaling back tax breaks for some home owners.



C'mon kids! Take one for the team!!!


Even at the state level (and Detroit isn't doing so hot either):

Mich. Government Partially Shut Downs
Michigan's state government partially shut down early Monday with no budget deal in place for the new fiscal year.

Granholm had told about 35,000 of the state's more than 53,000 workers not to report to work on Monday if a shutdown occurs. The remaining workers, mostly related to public health and safety, would stay on the job.

Legislators were scrambling to reach a budget deal that would plug a $1.75 billion deficit.


But really, I mean, how serious could this be?
Don't worry, be happy.
Rules 'hiding' trillions in debt
Liability $516,348 per U.S. household

Unfunded promises made for Medicare, Social Security and federal retirement programs account for 85% of taxpayer liabilities. State and local government retirement plans account for much of the rest.

This hidden debt is the amount taxpayers would have to pay immediately to cover government's financial obligations. Like a mortgage, it will cost more to repay the debt over time. Every U.S. household would have to pay about $31,000 a year to do so in 75 years.
And then you get this, after all that?

Clinton: Give every newborn $5,000
Democratic presidential candidate Hillary
Clinton
said Friday that every child born in the United States should get a
$5,000 "baby bond" from the government to help pay for future costs of college
or buying a home.

For those of you without a clue, that's 4 million babies a year, times 5,000 equals 2 billion a year.
No problem, right (see previous articles)? /sarcasm
Please show me where this magic money tree is...

But wait! There's more!!

Clinton unveils final piece of health plan

The proposal includes an individual mandate to buy insurance and limits on
health plans' profits

Voting for Hillary is ignorant at best, and treasonous at worst.

Keep your powder dry...