Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Can You Feel the Hope and Change Yet?

I know I can!!

Private pay shrinks to historic lows

Paychecks from private business shrank to their smallest share of personal income in U.S. history during the first quarter of this year, a USA TODAY analysis of government data finds.

At the same time, government-provided benefits — from Social Security, unemployment insurance, food stamps and other programs — rose to a record high during the first three months of 2010.
I wonder how much government maintenance workers make...?

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

April ePostal Results Updates

Update I: I missed one of Danno's scores (shooting his Ruger Single Six revolver), so they are now in the tables.
Update II: The winner of the Cheaper Than Dirt gift certificate for this month's contest is Ol' Rich from Virginia! Congrats, sir!! And a big thanks to Daniel and all the other folks at Cheaper Than Dirt for their support.

Here they are, the April ePostal Contest (Rounds and Rounds) results.
We had lots of shooters with all different kinds of guns and classes.
A good contest, to be sure.

The scores by class:

Name

Score

Gun

Class

Web Site






Ol' Rich

163

S&W Model 41 22LR

1


Rob Robideau

157

Ruger MKIII 22/45, .22lLR 5.5" Bull bbl

1

http://personalarmament.blogspot.com/

Sailor Curt

135

S and W 22A 22LR

1

sailorcurt.blogspot.com/

Billll

133

Ruger MKI

1

billllsidlemind.blogspot.com

True Blue Sam

115

Ruger Single Six 22LR

1


Manitou

88

Ruger Mark I 22LR

1


Mrs. True Blue Sam

65

Ruger Single Six 22LR

1


Danno

53

Ruger 22/45 22LR

1

sandcastlescrolls@blogspot.com

Danno

53

Ruger Single Six

1

sandcastlescrolls@blogspot.com

AJ

44

17 hmr taurus revolver 4 inch bbl

1


Charmed

35

Ruger Mark I 22LR

1







jimmyb

176

Ruger MKII, Eotech site

2

theconservativeuawguy.blogspot.com

EJ

157

Ruger MK III with TruGlow red dot

2


USMC Chris

155

Ruger MKII TruGlow red dot

2







Ol' Rich

161

Glock 34 9mm Match barrel

3


Pat B

123

Beretta 92FS 9mm

3


USMC Chris

120

Glock 27 40Cal

3


Sailor Curt

105

RIA 1911 45 ACP

3

http://sailorcurt.blogspot.com/

Danno

39

Taurus PT92

3







Ol' Rich

181

Glock 22 40 cal, JPoint red dot, compensated match barrel

4







Manfred

94

S and W 670 10mm

5

http://viedepassion.blogspot.com/

Wyatt (Manfred's friend)

63

Remington Cap and Ball 44

5












Mr. Completely

176

High Stf Supermatic Citation ML106 w/homemade 12" target bull barrel Leupold MkII 4-12 scope

7

http://mrcompletely.blogspot.com/

Manfred

85

Colt 22LR Target w/2X red dot

7

http://viedepassion.blogspot.com/







Overall scores:

Name

Score

Gun

Class







Ol' Rich

163

S&W Model 41 22LR

1


Rob Robideau

157

Ruger MKIII 22/45, .22lLR 5.5" Bull bbl

1

http://personalarmament.blogspot.com/

Sailor Curt

135

S and W 22A 22LR

1

http://sailorcurt.blogspot.com/

Billll

133

Ruger MKI

1

www.billllsidlemind.blogspot.com

True Blue Sam

115

Ruger Single Six 22LR

1


Manitou

88

Ruger Mark I 22LR

1


Mrs. True Blue Sam

65

Ruger Single Six 22LR

1


Danno

53

Ruger 22/45 22LR

1

sandcastlescrolls@blogspot.com

Danno

53

Ruger Single Six

1

sandcastlescrolls@blogspot.com

AJ

44

17 hmr taurus revolver 4 inch bbl

1


Charmed

35

Ruger Mark I 22LR

1







EJ

157

Ruger MK III with TruGlow red dot

2


USMC Chris

155

Ruger MKII TruGlow red dot

2







Ol' Rich

161

Glock 34 9mm Match barrel

3


Pat B

123

Beretta 92FS 9mm

3


USMC Chris

120

Glock 27 40Cal

3


Sailor Curt

105

RIA 1911 45 ACP

3

http://sailorcurt.blogspot.com/

Danno

39

Taurus PT92

3







Ol' Rich

181

Glock 22 40 cal, JPoint red dot, compensated match barrel

4







Manfred

94

S and W 670 10mm

5

http://viedepassion.blogspot.com/

Wyatt (Manfred's friend)

63

Remington Cap and Ball 44

5












Mr. Completely

176

High Stf Supermatic Citation ML106 w/homemade 12" target bull barrel Leupold MkII 4-12 scope

7

http://mrcompletely.blogspot.com/

Manfred

85

Colt 22LR Target w/2X red dot

7

http://viedepassion.blogspot.com/



Thanks to all who shot the contest, and the winner of the Cheaper Than Dirt gift certificate will be announced as soon as the information is available!

Now go shoot the new contest over at Danno's place, SandCastle Scrolls.

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

SIMH IV

Ok, I'm just going to come out and admit it... I like the show Glee.
I've watched every episode. One of my guilty pleasures.

Don't like their religion/politics sometimes, but it is well-written, engaging, has a very interesting mix of music and singers, and the actors actually do all their own singing - which is indeed rare.

And it's funny, too. The cheer-leading coach alone makes it worth watching.



Also, to counter my Glee nerdocity, I watch V now, too - which so far, has been pretty kick-ass.
And 24, but only because it's the last season, and probably with good reason, sadly.

Sunday, April 25, 2010

What a Noob.

I mean me, being a grandfather!
HOLY CRAP!!!

This is AJ:


















She was born a couplish weeks early, at 7 pound and 1 ounce, on 4/21.
Please welcome her to work, love, life, the universe and all that jazz.
God bless her and her family.

Let the "old" cracks begin.

Friday, April 23, 2010

I Like It

I was grabbing some gun cleaning solvent and it hit me:

D'ohbama













Yeah, I like it - apt.

Fun Facts About Trees

Our plant (where I am employed), timely as it always is, is having its Earth Day shindig this week.
(I know, it's late).

This involves giving tours to school-kids to show them how earth-friendly GM is, to counteract all the crap their (mostly) dirty-hippie-tree-hugging teachers tell them the rest of the year in school.
A couple of hours to counteract years of brainwashing.

*sigh*

The auto-industry spends like 8 gazillion-trillion dollars a year on environmental stuff, so leftists can bash them anyway and call them heartless, evil, polluting, capitalistic corporate giants.

So in honor of the belated Earth Day, I present you some fun facts about our enemies friends, trees. Don't forget to check out last year's Earth Day facts about the Earth!!!

Ok, here are the facts:

My grandfather was killed by a tree; another reason I want them eradicated.
Stoopid trees.

Trees are gay.
See how their leaves swish in the wind?
Mmm-hmm....

Trees leave stumps, which is insensitive to amputees.

It is a fact that trees have killed more people in the last 2 days than all the guns in my whole extended family combined (more than 2 guns, I'm pretty sure; total of 0 casualties).

Toothpicks are manufactured from trees!!!
PAIN, PAIN, AAAAAAAHHHHGGGGGGGG!!!!
STOOPID TOOTPICKS!!!

Keebler elves live in a tree.
I hate elves.
Stoopid elves.

Monkeys live in trees.
I hate monkeys.
Monkeys are so stupid they spell monkeys "monkeys" instead of "monkies".
Stoopid monkeys.

Trees harbor squirrels, who are known communist sympathizers.
Especially RED ones.
They are also annoying, and anger my dogs.
Stoopid squirrels.

Squirrel monkeys are the worst of both worlds (Evil monkeys and squirrels).
Holy crap!! What if they were elfin squirrel monkeys that smoked pot!?!?!?
Where's my gun?

Trees can be fashioned into weapons, like spears, pikes, rolling-pins, and bats.
The number of deaths caused by these evil implements is uncountable.
Uhhhh....because there are so many of them.
We need more wood control!!!
(Heh. I said wood control.)

(I will grant, however, that bats, pikes, and spears are useful for beating and impaling hippies, commies, and Marxists. But we should use iron and aluminum implements instead.
Me working in a metal foundry has nothing to do with this opinion...)

Trees are generally tall, and that pi**es me off, as I like being the tallest one around.
The nerve of them!!!

All trees are evil,
















and generally consort with flying monkeys





















(but not a Flying Space Monkey!).









Trees are green, which is the same color as money.
Money is bad, and a product of capitalism.
Capitalism is bad, and is a product of greed.
Greed is bad; because it leads to innovation and creativity, to enable people to get stuff (consumerism is bad, too!).
This is irrefutable proof hippies are hypocrites, or they would be out burning down trees right now, and demanding tax increases to fund Federal Deforestation Squads (FDS).
Stoopid hippies.


But wait! There can be good that comes out of bad.
A silver lining, if you will.
Trees are made out of wood.
If you kill a tree by chopping it down and let it dry, you can start a fire with it.
With the fire, you can burn a pile of hippies.
This reduces the hippie population, and also makes the planet warmer.
This makes for longer summers, and more good shooting weather!!!
Yay!!!!
We call this a win-win-win-win-win-win situation (I think; I sort of lost count of all the goodness!).

I hope this helps you plan for the next Earth Day, and I hope Gaia is happy, too.
Stoopid gay Gaia.

Happy belated Earth Day, yo!!
And many more to you!! :)

This is a reposting of my '06 Earth Day post.

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

SIMH III

These guys are awesome:


And the Material Girl wishes she sounded like this...

Monday, April 19, 2010

Saturday, April 17, 2010

The Song In My Head

My lack of posting has, in part, due to my overwhelming feeling of being, well, overwhelmed.
As a news junkie, I'm scared and depressed at the prospects I see for the future of Amerika (esp commie, firearms and financial aspects - 8 more banks closed this weekend, for example). As a dad and soon-to-be granddad, my concern is legitimate, to say the least.

So, as a break from the pondering, I decided to post the "Song In My Head".
Every day, or damn near, I wake up with a song playing in my head, that generally lasts throughout the day, and sometimes for several days. Sometimes it is related to something I have listened to recently, other times, well... I don't know.

This is weird, I know, but it is normal for me, much like the tinnitus I've had since I was two years old (or maybe earlier, but I'm not sure).

Enjoy, or not...

Vocally, Geoff Tate is a god (small g, of course)



Saw them in concert in the 80's.
Metal rules.

Friday, April 02, 2010

April e-Postal Contest - Rounds and Rounds

April's Mr. Completely e-Postal Contest starts here!
I shot this target a few years back and found it to be fun and challenging at the same time, so it is making a return. There will be 2 targets shot per entry, one shot standing, one shot sitting.















Here is the low-down:
Download the target for the contest here: Lots 'o' Circles Target
Target courtesy of The Glock FAQ. (The target is in standard PDF format, so you'll need Adobe Reader or something equivalent to view/print it.)


Details:
(Firearm classifications courtesy of Mr. C):

CLASS ONE: Any rimfire handgun (semi or revolver) with no more than a 12" barrel, iron sights.

CLASS TWO: Any rimfire handgun (semi or revolver) with no more than a 12" barrel, optic sights, no magnification.

CLASS THREE: Any centerfire (non-revolver) handgun with no more than a 12" barrel, iron sights.

CLASS FOUR: Any centerfire (non-revolver) handgun with no more than a 12" barrel, optic sights, no magnification.

CLASS FIVE: Any centerfire revolver with no more than a 12" barrel, iron sights.

CLASS SIX: Any centerfire revolver with no more than a 12" barrel, optic sights, no magnification.

CLASS SEVEN:
Any handgun with no more than a 14" barrel, any sights, scopes, laser, whatever. This class is primarily for target pistols.

If you have something interesting to shoot that doesn't quite fit in the above classes, go ahead and enter anyway.

DISTANCE
: 25 feet, or Ten yards, whichever is available at your range.

TARGET 1 Shooting Position: STANDING, unsupported, off-hand, one or two hands on gun permitted.

TARGET 2 Shooting Position: SEATED, off of bench/table/sand-bag/aardvark. No machine rests, however. Leaning against a lane wall is permissible too, if you have no chairs or benches.

PROCEDURE/SCORING: You will shoot two targets (per entry). There are 13 circles on the paper, numbered from 1 for the largest circle, to 13 for the smallest. These (understandably) are the point values attributed to each respective circle.

In each entry, you are allowed thirteen (13) shots at each of two targets, for a total of 26 shots per entry.

Each circle can only be counted ONCE. Multiple hits on a circle will only count as one hit, and under no circumstances are more than 13 shots allowed on any target. Touching the black of the circle/breaking the edge line counts as a hit.

Each target has a perfect score of 91 (1 +2 ...+13 = 91) for a possible total score of 182 (per entry).

Note: On some of the larger circles, it is possible to hit more than one circle with one round. So, if a round hits two circles, the higher scoring circle, and ONLY higher scoring circle, will be scored.

MULTIPLE ENTRIES: You can enter as many sets of targets as you wish. Bring the whole armory! Just remember, only one entry per gun. Different calibers in the same gun count as one gun. (Like shooting 38's and .357's in your Smith and Wesson 686, for example.)

SUBMITTING YOUR ENTRY: Scan or take a digital photo of your targets. The targets should have the score, shooting postion (1 - standing, 2 - sitting), your moniker, distance, and firearm type written on them.

Entries are due by 11:59PM (EST) Sunday, May 1, 2010 (to give you the weekend to shoot it). Email the images - cugblog AT msn DOT com - accompanied by the following:

1. Your score for each target page and the total score of both pages.

2. The name you want used when the results are posted; also include a link to your website and/or targets for some hot linky-love action.

3. Gun description: Brand, model, semi-auto or revolver, caliber, barrel length, and type of sights, any other cool info.

4. Class: As listed above.

5. Anything interesting or unique about your entry or shooting session that other shooters might enjoy hearing about.


STRATEGY: Strategery to consider for maximum scorage: Is it worth taking 3 shots at the 13 or the 12, forgoing the 6 points possible with the 1, 2 and 3? What about skipping the 4, too? Would it be easier to just start at 1 circle and work your way across the ascending numbers?
Decisions, decisions...

PRIZES: Accolades, bragging rights, and the awe and respect of your peers, as well as my deep, heartfelt personal admiration.

New and Improved contest!! Now with Retsyn!!! = Don't forget, one lucky random contestant will receive a $50 gift certificate from Cheaper Than Dirt!! Now that rocks!!!

Good luck in the drawing and in your shooting. :)

Have fun, be safe, throw some lead.

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

How to Fill Out the US Census Form

I mailed my US Census form today (as it is Constitutionally mandated).

So here is a handy step-by-step to guide you through the process:

1. Write down how many people live at your residence, and ONLY write down how many people live there.

2. Seal the form in the supplied envelope.

Approximate time - about 8 seconds.

3. Congratulate yourself on a Constitutionally-correct job well done.

Example (click to embiggen):








































That should be enough info, right?

We shall see, as that is all the info they are going to get.

I truly hope everyone fills out their form the same way; don't lie - just tell them how many folks live there as of the specified date.

Let's get about 100 million people to do this, at least.

And before you ask, the Roman numeral III on the form is NOT a threeper reference.
Heh.

Sunday, March 14, 2010

True...true.

Profundity in abundance:

YOU CAN ONLY HAVE TOO MUCH AMMO IF YOU'RE ON FIRE OR DROWNING!


Talk about hitting a bulls-eye!
And the choir said, "Amen!"

You know, that might not be a bad t-shirt...

Tuesday, March 02, 2010

Teh Stupid in Spades

There is so much idiocy, lies, misrepresentations and general BS in this clip, it is hard to fathom, and almost painful to watch.
And it's the host and the guest both engaging in hysterical tarditude(tm)!

CNN - When you need teh stupid fast, and in abundance.



There is just so much to fisk, I don't even know where to begin.
Check out the comments on this link for a taste:

Accidental Shooting

Good Lord.

Monday, March 01, 2010

A Sure Sign of Spring!

And that would be the triumphant return of the E-Postal Contest!! WOO-HOO!!!

If you don't recall, or have lived in a Haitian hut for the last 10 years, the e-postal contest is where one prints out a target (or two), shoots it for a score, and emails the target to the host of the contest to win fabulous prizes (Editors note: Bragging rights are indeed fabulous.)

To kick off the new season, Mr. Completely has all the info you need, and is our first host.
The contest this month is here:

e-Postal Match - "Seeing Stars"


Mr C was responsible for the resurrection of the contest many moons ago (5 years or so), and has done a super job keeping the contest going, as well as setting up the various hosts. Next month will be hosted by yours truly, BTW - my normal month.

Additionally, again due to Mr. Completely, one of the contestants of each contest will win a $50 gift certificate from Cheaper Than Dirt (random drawing - not score dependent - thank goodness!).

Here's a complete list of the season, courtesy of Mr. Completely:


March Host: Mr. Completely

April Host: The Conservative UAW Guy

May Host: Sand Castle Scrolls

June Host: Random Nuclear Strikes

July Host: Captain of a Crew of One

August Host: Curtis Lowe Blog

September Host: True Blue Sam - The Travellin' Man

October Host: Traction Control

November Host: Armes et tir passion

Hope to see you all at the range!!

Friday, February 26, 2010

Whiskey Tango Foxtrot?

I would like to publicly state that I will work for 2/3 of this price, and won't ask for any overtime:
Fritz Henderson is back at GM, for $3,000 an hour
By Alex Taylor III, senior editorFebruary 23, 2010: 11:58 AM ET


NEW YORK (Fortune) -- After resigning as president and CEO of General Motors in December, Fritz Henderson might have gone into hiding or decided to sit out the harsh Michigan winter on a Florida beach.

Instead, here he is popping up again, this time as a consultant to GM on international operations at the very fancy fee of $59,090 a month for 20 hours of work a month. That works out to almost $3,000 an hour for a CEO who was ousted after just eight months on the job.

*sigh*
It just never ends.

Maybe when GM fails again I can come back as a consultant, too.

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Heh: Schadenfreude Rocks

It was fun watching the people on Fox squirm a little trying to minimize and explain this headline:

Rep. Ron Paul surprise winner of CPAC presidential straw poll


Not everyone was surprised, and if we were, it was pleasantly so.
Maybe the Tea Party isn't doomed yet after all (but I'm not terribly hopeful).

I'm going to go have a cup of tea (with some bourbon in it) as a nod to the gentleman from Texas.

And yes, I realize this means pretty much nothing in the 2-party scheme of things, but I'll take little pleasures where I can get them. :)

Not That He Didn't Have Help, However...

from various predecessors. Although it does seem Prez Zero seems to want to kick the plan in to overdrive.

Still funny though, albeit painful:

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Mr. Vanderboegh Speaks Up

Pretty eye-opening, and well-said, in my opinion.

“Choose this day whom you will serve.”: An Open Letter to American Law Enforcement.

I guess one of the more disconcerting things I've noticed over the last few years (and this is noted in Mike's essay) is the militarization of the police, along with the fact that few notice it, or if they do, they don't care. We have pretty much a standing army in our midst - armor, machine guns, sniper rifles, APV's, etc, etc. Look at the front of cop magazines, they're not "peace officers" anymore - they're "enforcers". And they damned sure look like soldiers.
That should worry leftist and righties alike.

And in the interest of full-disclosure, I have friends and relatives that are law-enforcement - and I worry about and for them. There is no doubt in my mind whose side they are on, but that doesn't mean their co-workers will all side with them if something big went down. And that could ultimately put them in harms way...

And an aside: Hell-o-Scan bit the dust, so I'm trying to restore Blogger-brand comments, with little luck so far. Email me if needbe (address is in my profile).

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

But, But...

Shooters are aspossed to be evil right-wingers!!
They told me in skool!!

‘Oddball’ portrait of Amy Bishop emerges

As authorities searched for clues into what could have sent a University of Alabama neurobiology professor on an alleged killing spree, friends and family yesterday described Braintree native Amy Bishop as an awkward introvert on the brink of losing her teaching job.

By the way, are the victims allegedly dead? She might have allegedly done it (but all indications are that she did), but it was not an alleged killing spree.

A family source said Bishop, a mother of four children - the youngest a third-grade boy - was a far-left political extremist who was “obsessed” with President Obama to the point of being off-putting.

Heh - An off-putting leftist and obsessive Zero supporter; but I repeat myself.

So, anyone want to take bets on our "rational scientistry practitioner" being Christian, Muslim, or Aspie err atheist?

Monday, February 15, 2010

As True As Ever

A timeless quote:

"Americans are forever proclaiming our boastful aspersions to the world . . . that our government was based on the consent of the people," though in fact "it rests upon force, as much as any government that ever existed."

~ Letter from Robert E. Lee to E.G.W. Butler, Oct. 11, 1867

Friday, February 12, 2010

Pretty Good One from SNL

Although generally liberally slanted, SNL does occasionally tickle my funnybone:



Some decent points I wouldn't expect Hollywood to bring up, and it made me ROR (Raugh Out Roud).

I Just Had to Share This For The Power Junkies

The Most Awesomest Shredder EVAH.




800HP motor, OH YEAH!!

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

A Public Service Message to Liberals

I hate to tell you this, but you may drop over dead at any moment.
Sorry I have to be the one to break it to you.

Low intelligence among top heart health risks

So hit the gym and quit voting for hippies, Marxists, commies, and all the other forms of weenies you gravitate towards.

Try being a libertarian; you might live longer...and your neighbors might live freer.

Monday, February 08, 2010

Build a Better Mousetrap

I don't know if I can patent it though...

So the our sliding back-door where we let the dogs out was getting hard to latch. This usually means there is ice/snow building up in the channel at the bottom of the door.

I look down, and think to myself, "Self, it looks like a piece of the damned carpet is stuck in there". Upon closer inspection, however, I find that it is a small rodent, that has been smooshed into the shape of the door's vertical channel.
(And yes, I'm pretty sure "smooshed" is a word!)

In a word, eww.

So, being "The Man" of the house (code for doing the really shi**y jobs), I try to get it out of the door with a screwdriver.

It is FROZEN SOLID due to, I assume, globull warmening.

I try to chip it out with said screwdriver, but to no avail; it is a chunk-o-furry-ice (ask for it by name!).

Now that it has warmed up some (23F today - yay!), it has started to become malleable.

That's bad.

But at least I can extricate it from its compacted home-life.
The offender in all his gory - errr, glory:





















Man, that's gotta hurt.

Yeah - eww.

Sunday, February 07, 2010

Dear Liberal Zombies

Could you please explain to me how this boob is articulate and intelligent again?

I mean, I know he's not stupid and smelly, and he is bereft of that annoying Negro dialect (except when trying to seem earthy and pandering) but how does that translate to exceptional?
(Editors Note: Please excuse me for paraphrasing liberals in advance - but they're just so darned entertaining when they're being themselves!

I'm missing the whole "brilliant" thing somehow...



Pretty sad the FREAKIN' COMMANDER-IN-CHIEF can't say corpsman right. Of course, he has no knowledge of the military or history, so what should we expect?

I think everyone in all 57 states should ponder on this.

Wisdom, Founder Style

"Experience hath shewn, that even under the best forms [of government]
those entrusted with power have, in time, and by slow operations,
perverted it into tyranny."
-Thomas Jefferson

Slow operations? Like ATF, FBI, TSA, EPA, DEA... Medicare, Medicaid, Kelo v New London, Roe v Wade? Cap and control -uh, tax err trade, Obummercare...?

That Thomas guy sure did know human nature, didn't he?

Those "entrusted with power" should never be trusted, parties be damned.

Friday, February 05, 2010

Curious

When you go to the store you see pounds and pounds of boneless, SKINLESS chicken breast.

My question is, "Where is the missing skin, and why the hell hasn't the store fried it up and sold it in buckets?". Maybe it could even be wrapped in bacon.

Idiots.

Thursday, February 04, 2010

Screw Dick's Sporting Goods

The Rabbit Priest vents on Dick's Sporting Goods; the letter he wrote to Dick's management:

Why I will never shop at Dick's Sporting Goods Again

Last weekend I stopped at Dick's in Toledo, OH to purchase a .22 rifle
for my son's 13th birthday. After selecting a model, I filled out the
required BATFE form, and passed the obligatory NICS check. Next, the
salesman requested I print my phone number on the form 4473. I
questioned why he wanted my phone number and did he intend to call me
later? He informed me that that was company policy and that they would
not complete the transaction without it. So I supplied my work phone
number and told him he was welcome to contact me at work. Next he
brought out another form with multiple copies listing "gun safety rules"
and requested that I print my name, address, DOB, sign my name, indicate
that I received a gun lock, and write down how many minor children live
in my house. I asked the salesman why he needed my personal identifying
information on this form, and he replied that he could not complete the
transaction without it. After completing this form, and if you look at
the question about children it says "none of your business", my son and
I spent 15 minutes wandering around while the salesman found a manager
to review his work. We still weren't done. The manager then had to walk
us with the firearm in her hands, to the cashier, loudly announcing "gun
sale" and stand with us while I paid for rifle.
Dick's Sporting Goods can run their business anyway they want, but I
refuse to patronize a store that purposefully invades my privacy and
treats customers as if they have done something wrong by virtue of a
firearms purchase. I almost bought a second rifle that night, and would
have if the corporate harassment had not commenced.
In addition to never shopping in your stores again, I will share my
anger with the gun-buying public. The hunters and shooters I work with
will know, the folks at the range will hear this. You likely lost $500
in sales from me this year, no biggie right? I estimate that based upon
the number of minor children left in my home, about $3000 in firearms
purchases for them before they are grown.
I attended a conference this week and one of the sponsors was giving
away Dick's Sporting Goods gift certificates. I took time to speak to
their CEO, next year he said they will go with Gander Mountain.
I don't forget, and I love to talk.

Of course, this has been my advice to men along - just say no to dicks.