Cutting Up Guns

March 16, 2018

Some people will do anything for 15 seconds of fame.  For example, there are quite a few “viral videos” (read:  pushed by the media) of people cutting up their AR-15s.  All of these videos have the same story: “I bought an AR-15, but after the school shooting, I don’t want it anymore.”

So, they take a saw and cut it up.

First: Many of them cut the barrel, making this a short-barreled rifle (SBR), which is against the ATF code. If I did this to my gun, I would be a felon, as it is considered a destructive device, and requires a special permit.

Second: If you look at the gun you bought, and you only worry that it will be used to shoot up a school, you probably don’t need a gun in the first place. I look at my ARs and see lots of things. I see the time I spent assembling them with family members, the money I invested in them, and the good times and memories I’ve had shooting them. I don’t school shootings. If you can only think of school shootings when you look at your gun, you probably are unstable.

Third: One of these women is running for office. She cut up an AR as a political piece. Nothing says “politician” like turning $800 of working machinery into $0.25 of scrap metal. Boy, I can’t wait for her to get my tax dollars.

Finally: These folks have already bought these guns. It is their property, and they can dispose of it how they choose. I just wonder what they think they’ve accomplished. They took one gun out of circulation; probably 100 more were stamped out at the various factories in the time it took them to turn on their saws.

These folks buy a gun, then destroy it to protest that they could buy it in the first place. It’s like protesting obesity by buying a Big Mac, then throwing it in the trash. It just shows you’re a wasteful ass.
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Malia Obama and Other Kids

March 8, 2018

I will preface this article by saying I don’t like Obama.  I hated most of his policies, and I hated the way people thought he did no wrong.

Having said that, I have seen too many articles over the past week about Malia (Obama’s daughter) and her boyfriend.  Can we please leave the girl alone?

I have thought this with all of the presidents and their kids.  I didn’t like it when they hounded the Bush kids over using a fake ID, and made them out to be alcoholics.  I didn’t like it when they called Palin’s daughter a whore.

These kids didn’t get to pick their parents.  Perhaps they would have preferred to not have a president as a parent, and perhaps they are happy with it.  Either way, they are becoming their own people and probably don’t need the attention as they try to make their own ways through life.

Let these kids be themselves.  Let them date, make mistakes, do whatever.  I may not like Obama’s policies, but I don’t really care who Malia is dating while she is in college.   It is simply not my business.  I don’t care that the Bush twins were caught using a fake ID.  Are you sure your kid isn’t using one in college?  I don’t care that Bristol Palin got pregnant before she was married.  What was your daughter doing at 17?  Let these kids alone.

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Not Playing

March 2, 2018

New gun laws are coming.  There’s probably no avoiding it.  I’m not surrendering anything.  But I also can’t fight.

The balance of power has shifted so far in favor of the government, there is no fighting.  Some people think that they will never come for our guns.  Some people think that if there is some gun confiscation scheme, there will be a big old fight, and maybe even a revolution.  Don’t count on it.   If you are foolish enough to fight, you’ll be killed quickly, and without any fanfare.  There will be no “shot heard ’round the world.”

Realistically, there is no fight.  There’s probably nothing we can do.

Well, except not play the game.  Gun confiscation is the seizing of property by the government.  Property you purchased, property you inherited.  Property they have no right to.

If we live in a society where it is considered acceptable and right for government to seize property, we have a society where we have no property rights at all.  Without property rights, there are no right at all.  We are merely serfs living on the king’s land.

Therefore, don’t help the king.  Don’t feed him.  Don’t work for him.  Don’t create anything for him.  Don’t think for him.  Don’t work any harder than absolutely necessary.

Whatever you could create, don’t.  Whatever you could write, don’t.  Whatever you could invent, don’t.

Don’t contribute to a society that expect you to accept random property confiscations as normal and just.

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School Shooting

February 23, 2018

I’m exhausted and emotionally drained.  This most recent school shooting, while extremely tragic, has whipped up a frenzy unlike any I have seen.    Sure, people have been outraged by school shootings in the past, but this one is somehow different.  I’m not sure how.

I have argued with long-time friends on social media, most of which started out their post with something like, “F*** the NRA” or “white men strike again” or other such drivel.  My mistake was to try to reason any of these people.

At work, the other professors complained about “easy access” to firearms but then asked if I knew who had a concealed carry permit, and who carried.  I told them, “Yes, I know…but no, I won’t say.”  I realized that even though these professors are generally good people (they are), that if I revealed this tidbit of information, it could be harder for them to get into grad school, get letters of recommendation, and so on.  When, in reality, whether they carry or not is none of the school’s business, once they are not on school grounds.

Instead, I go through my friends list and realize that I have none.  There are virtually no people who support my right to own the AR-15’s I already own.  Between the professors asking me that question, between the ad hominem attacks on my friends list, I realize that our right to own guns is almost over.  We are losing this battle.  In ten years, I bet there is a ban in place.  If there isn’t, we’ll run around like druggies, ostracized by society and struggling to find employment.

Yet, I will surrender none of my guns.  I don’t know if I have any will to fight, but I will try to vote every chance I can.  I will try and respond, when there is some shred of logic in the statements that are argued against me.  I don’t think it will do any good, but I’m not sure what there is left to do.

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Virginia Tech “Shooter”

February 16, 2018

My father sent me a link to this article:

This kid’s life is over, and for what? He is not a school shooter, or at least has shot nobody at this time. His actual crime was that he shot from a 30 round magazine instead of a 20 round magazine. At a shooting range. Safely. A rifle he stored IN THE POLICE STATION.

After he checked his rifle out of the police station, he went to the shooting range. The police followed him there and watched to make sure he didn’t use a magazine that was two inches longer and held 10 extra rounds.

Why? Because as a kid on a student visa, he was allowed to have a rifle, but not an “assault” rifle, as defined by a 30 round magazine instead of a 20 round magazine.

The rest of the article is a sludge-fest. He drives an old police car. He did research on bullet-proof vests on his computer.

I look back on my life at Virginia Tech. I always wanted a police car (which I currently drive). If I had stayed, my graduate work would have been in ceramic armor plates. I would have done lots of research on armor.


Your stupid, antigun terminology is going to ruin this kid’s life, just like it could have been mine. I guess that’s the real problem will all of this. You are willing to sacrifice the rights of some for the pretend security of others. “You can’t make an omelet without cracking a few eggs,” some might say. Well, I say, screw your omelet. I’m not willing to be an egg you crack, and neither should you be willing.

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No News

February 9, 2018


I don’t have much to say this week.  I haven’t paid much attention to the news.  I haven’t been on Facebook much, either, and I have purged my Facebook of whining.

It’s nice to know that I can detach from all of the politics and nonsense when I want to.

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February 1, 2018

Along my commute this morning, I snapped a few cell phone photos of the sunrise.



It would be easy to say that the “man-made” things in these photos spoiled the photos.

But what is it I should damn? Should I damn the lampposts which have provided light and safety for the people that walk through here at night? Should I damn the power lines that allow me to share these photos with anyone who is interested? Should I damn the roads and cars? These roads and cars make our routine traveling today was seemingly impossible, a mere one hundred years ago (or a brief flash in human existence). Why is it when a deer makes a path through the woods that it is natural and good, and yet when man makes his own path, it is to be damned?

The antitechnologists would have you believe that the world was better man “wrecked” it.  They would have you believe that life was better when man lived in caves, foraged for berries.  They have a strange fascination with the primitive.

Don’t let it fool you.  Life was tough, brutish and short.  In addition to the fact that none of our modern comforts were available, the division of labor that was made possible through technology has afforded us more free time.  It isn’t just that our lives are longer, but the quality of our lives has improved.

No longer does a person have to simultaneously farm his food, sew his clothes, raise his livestock and his children, repair his hovel, mend his wounds and teach his children.  With the division of labor made possible through improved technology, he can purchase these things for cheaper than he can make them himself (in terms of time and effort, which translates to money).

Do you want to light your house with a candle instead of an electric light?  Do you want to face the nearly-routine cycle of house fires?  Do you want the limited light, smoke and wax in your home?  Or would you rather flip a switch, and thank the power company, Thomas Edison, and the others with your gratitude and your dollars?

Would you rather walk (or care for horses)?  Would you rather travel in a manner that does not protect you from the elements, at low speed, for short distances?  Would you rather that a relative moving out of state be gone forever from your life?  Or, would you rather thank the airlines and the car manufacturers with your gratitude and your dollars?

Would you rather return to the days of medicine by leeches and blood-letting?  Would you rather consider it normal to die during childbirth?  Would you rather we return to the “amputate and wait” days of injuries?  Or, would you rather thank your doctors, pharmaceutical companies, researchers and scientists with you gratitude and your dollars?

Don’t buy into the anti-technology mindset that is unfortunately so common today.

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Trying to Find Reliable Sources

January 26, 2018

I don’t have a well-researched post tonight.  I did have a piece of a story I found on Reddit, but I have no way to verify the incident, so I won’t write a full post on it.

The post was about a man who fell asleep on a plane, developed an erection while he was asleep, and was then sued for sexual misconduct.

I spent a bunch of time looking for the article, but couldn’t find it, so it may be fiction.  Unfortunately, it is believable with today’s ridiculous witch-hunts.

Also, my wireless card may have died on this laptop, but I am going to have to reboot to find out.  Therefore, I’m not wasting any more time working on this.

“S-Hole” Countries

January 19, 2018

Trump allegedly made some derogatory remarks about “s-hole countries.”  Since then, the press has ran with it like a 10 year-old who has learned a new curse word.  There was even a congress critter who feigned tears in pretend outrage.

You know, if they raised taxes to support acting lessons for politicians, I’d probably agree to it.  At least then they wouldn’t suck at everything.

The news has been screaming that Trump is a racist, and this statement is offered as evidence.  It is a funny argument:

  1.  Trump never said anything about the people or the culture of these countries.  He merely referred to some countries as “s-holes.”  This could be due to pollution, political unrest, or any number of reasons.
  2. If people are leaving these countries, there is something undesirable that is causing people to leave.

Interestingly, nobody bats and eyelash when they show the dreadful conditions of some of these countries on the television.  Nobody seems to consider extreme poverty, war, pollution, and disease part of these cultures, and yet when someone says, “hey, this is an s-hole” he is accused of being racist and attacking a culture.

I’ll address immigration another time.

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The Danger of the Psychiatric Evaluation

January 11, 2018

There has been some talk in recent weeks of the 25th amendment and what it might mean to President Trump.  For those of you who are not familiar with the 25th amendment, it states:

“In case of the removal of the President from office or of his death or resignation, the Vice President shall become President.”

There are talking heads on the television that would love to use this amendment as a means of removing Trump from office, stating that his “mental health issues” have made him unfit for the office of president.  Therefore, under the 25th amendment he can be removed.

While I agree that a president should be removed from office if they are incapacitated and unable to perform their duties, I caution against using this amendment lightly.  The liberals, still bitter from their year old election loss, would love to have a psychologist or team of psychologists pronounce Trump mentally incapacitated.

This places far too much power into the hands of “experts” and not enough into the hands of the average person.

This is all a thinly-veiled appeal to authority.   If our presidents can be removed from office by a special interest group (such as a panel of psychologists), why vote?  If the final say rests on “experts” rather than the people, let’s not pretend there’s a republic.  Do away with the vote, and we’ll let the “experts” pick for us.

As is typical with elitist liberals, they declare themselves experts in a field, then try to use it to gain a political advantage.  Rather than allowing for a vote, they would rather place the important decisions of the country into the hands of a few “experts.”

Thanks, but no thanks.  I’d rather have a president with an itchy Twitter finger than to be ruled by “experts.”

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