Archive for January, 2008

(Cross-posted at The Line is Here) There's a saying that goes, "The greatest trick the devil ever pulled was convincing the world he didn't exist." In The Screwtape Letters, C.S. Lewis talks about a tactic the demons use to ensure people won't believe in them which gives them a better shot at their soul. If any faint suspicion of your existence begins to arise in his mind, suggest to him a picture of something in red tights, and persuade him that since he cannot believe in that (it is an old...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 1/31/2008 12:59:49 PM | Feedback (6)
Take one part "The Princess Bride", one part "Paul Helmke", and four parts of damned fine creativity. Shake well and serve.
posted by by Robb Allen @ 1/31/2008 12:05:41 PM | Feedback (2)
But are you aware of the sheer number of unlicensed food preparation facilities in the US? Every day, hundreds of millions of "back door restaurants" prepare and serve food without any governmental oversight!! Think about it! Your children eat at places that have no regulations on cleanliness, no standards on food preparation or handling, no available documentation of nutritional content and questionable sanitation practices. I hear some of these places even use transfats! I say it's time to...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 1/31/2008 10:04:31 AM | Feedback (3)
Is how the "media" can continue to spout lies without bothering to fact check them “It defies common sense that a loophole in federal law lets unlicensed dealers sell firearms at gun shows without running a background check on the buyer. Our legislation would require background checks for every gun purchased at every gun show across America,” Lautenberg said in a statement. "Unlicensed dealers". That's like saying "unlicensed cooks". Anyone can cook a meal without needing a restaurant license....
posted by by Robb Allen @ 1/30/2008 3:55:13 PM | Feedback (4)
I've been having a conversation with Brandon Bryn of Prevention Works regarding a post he wrote about the Gun Show Loophole. I, of course, disagree with the term "loophole" and have been arguing my point and Brandon has been respectful in his replies. This is what true reasoned discourse is like. To that end, I'd like to draw the conversation over here so that (a) I have more room than a comment box and (b) hopefully get a little more exposure. As always, I expect nothing but the best behavior...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 1/30/2008 11:46:20 AM | Feedback (6)
Except this is much, much worse. Sullivan in April 2007 touted the ATF's "outstanding relationship" with IACP-International Associations of Chiefs of Police. An organization that has been exposed by the NRA as being in the pockets of a large gun control group. Fitting enough Acting ATF Director Michael J. Sullivan was one of the Keynote Speakers at IACP's Great Lakes States Summit on Gun Violence. Sullivan also served on a panel that included gun banners Chicago Mayor Richard Daley, Joyce...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 1/30/2008 7:31:32 AM | Feedback (1)
I love mine.   I am in no way a Glock fan boy. Come to think of it, I never really liked the way Glocks shot until I fired a friend's Glock 29. Now, it is my carry piece, and I'm glad I have it. It's accurate, solid, and the 10mm platform is a hoot to shoot as well. Like the old saying goes - 10mm. All of the fun of 20mm with half the recoil
posted by by Robb Allen @ 1/29/2008 2:19:41 PM | Feedback (5)
If you have a weak stomach, I seriously suggest you do not click on this link. JT told me about his wife biting into a pickle yesterday. Who knew they had surprise fillings?
posted by by Robb Allen @ 1/29/2008 8:40:21 AM | Feedback (4)
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posted by by Robb Allen @ 1/28/2008 1:31:48 PM | Feedback (5)
Odd. It wasn't too long ago that you'd find our old pal Alexander Tristan Riley trolling the gun blogs calling us names and reminding us how superior he is with his credentials. Shine a light on him and oddly, he appears to have scattered. What's wrong Alex? Afraid to continue to "fight the good fight" with us inbred, unedjumakated Neanderthals?
posted by by Robb Allen @ 1/28/2008 1:17:31 PM | Feedback (1)
One, it's fast as hell. Too bad my Windows Server is 32 bit, but still I can't believe how zippy the dang thing is. Hopefully everyone should get a little better performance out of it (I like the suggestion that Glenn link to me to reeeeealy test out its speed!) The only issue I'm having right now is that if the old server goes off line, I can't log into anything (meaning the new server isn't acting its part as a Domain Controller). I made it the Operations Manager for everything (Schema...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 1/27/2008 10:14:30 PM | Feedback (0)
Took the family to Busch Gardens today. Everyone had a blast. Still chuckled as they prodded through my wife's bag which was full of food for the kids and didn't bother to pat me down. I could have carried a 50BMG in and they'd have never noticed. But let's admit the truth, shall we? I only wrote this to post pictures of my kids! I mean, they're just so damned cute!
posted by by Robb Allen @ 1/27/2008 10:09:18 PM | Feedback (8)
Ok, I hope this is the last time I have to do this. The server I recently moved to was too loud and none of the bios fixes I applied made one whit of difference. So I spend ~$400 and made a new server from scratch. Fastest damned computer I've ever seen. Reboots to welcome screen in under 45 seconds. If you want to get to the bios, you better be pressing DEL when you turn on the switch. Literally, the old CRT monitor I had hooked up couldn't reset itself faster than the bios. By the time the...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 1/26/2008 7:30:28 PM | Feedback (6)
If you're reading this, then the migration to the new server is spot on. Had one hell of a time getting Kerberos to work correctly on IIS but it turned out the passwords for IUSR and IWAM accounts had become un-synched. I used the information from here to fix the problem. Please let me know you're seeing this!
posted by by Robb Allen @ 1/24/2008 7:56:59 PM | Feedback (16)
We find the defendant guilty of failure to utilize the appropriate caliber. The charges against Taylor were considered to be serious. He is a retired Special Forces Weapons Sergeant with extensive combat experience during the wars in Korea and Vietnam. "Charges were brought against him under the premise that he should have saved the county and taxpayers the expense of a trial," said Chapter XXXIII President Bill Long of Asheville. "He could have used a .45 or .38. The .22 just wasn’t big...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 1/24/2008 9:49:01 AM | Feedback (2)
My server is on its way out. If you're reading this, it's up, hopefully long enough to transfer everything over to my new server. I'd have done this a long time ago, but the "new" server is actually a massive, loud beast that I didn't want running because of the noise. I'm going to get everything backed up (especially the domain) so I can breathe a little easier in case the old server really does take a dirt nap. Update: Well, the new server has issues and will need to be reformatted. The old...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 1/23/2008 11:43:05 PM | Feedback (5)
From an IM chat with Greg, discussing who to vote for this election cycle. Gregory says: Yeah, i've had the same thought.  I'm still probably going to end up voting for Paul though.  If the country is ready for a socialist dictator bitch, it is also ready for a batshit crazy libertarian.
posted by by Robb Allen @ 1/23/2008 10:09:58 AM | Feedback (0)
Damn. Damn, damn, damn, damn. Well, it wasn't unexpected. Still disappointing. Ok, Ron Paul now has my full support.
posted by by Robb Allen @ 1/22/2008 2:44:03 PM | Feedback (6)
Hard to tell the political direction of this (I made this myself as an illustration) It could mean We've rolled over on Iraq, now we're going to roll over on Iran The war machine is rolling on to the next country We're done with Iraq and Iran is next Couldn't tell myself. It was the only sticker on the vehicle so there was nothing else that I could gauge the intent from. Oddly, I get about all three feelings mixed but lean more towards option A - We're going to sit by and do nothing.
posted by by Robb Allen @ 1/22/2008 1:08:12 PM | Feedback (4)
You must read this. Part of me wants to find a new career. I've thought about becoming a nurse before or an EMT. I got all sniffly here at work reading through just this story. Makes me wonder if I could handle it. Three different people telling their side of the same story. It's beautiful in its own right.
posted by by Robb Allen @ 1/21/2008 3:22:29 PM | Feedback (1)
Put on 10 pounds over the holidays and everyone makes fun of you...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 1/21/2008 2:55:30 PM | Feedback (1)
Some yahoo is going to start pushing for banning caffeine because of this. Never mind that there's no conclusive proof. Nanny-statists don't require such trifling details like proof.
posted by by Robb Allen @ 1/21/2008 2:53:18 PM | Feedback (1)
Seriously. With all the BS the ATF puts firearms dealers through over discrepancies such as Y for Yes, I should have written some software to take care of it for them. Apparently, it's been done. Shit. Seriously, shit. I love writing software. I enjoy firearms. Like chocolate & peanut butter, I could have had two great tastes that tasted good together. And I could have made a difference somewhere rather than me just spouting off here. Add in the fact I'm just in a foul mood to begin with,...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 1/21/2008 9:26:05 AM | Feedback (3)
Squeaky hears gunshots It’s amazing, the sort of safety (real or imagined) that you feel when you know that it would take you approximately 10 seconds to obtain and aim your weapon, should someone succeed in getting past the 3 locks on the door. She's actually in a better situation than I am most of the time. With children, one has to balance their continual safety with the threat. It's not every day someone tries to break into our house, but every day the girls are running around, getting...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 1/19/2008 10:55:53 AM | Feedback (1)
I had a billion things to do last night, so instead I got creative and took a picture of myself and created a horrific masterpiece. This is completely 100% Photoshop and done by hand. *Warning* The picture is fairly gruesome (and not just because it's a picture of me) so if you're not interested in blood and gore or have little ones around, don't click on the picture below.   Before all Hell broke loose
posted by by Robb Allen @ 1/19/2008 9:46:22 AM | Feedback (4)
Audioslave - Audioslave It's almost like listening to Soundgarden again.
posted by by Robb Allen @ 1/16/2008 12:12:38 PM | Feedback (0)
(Cross posted at The Line Is Here) Oh, this is just classic State Del. Lionel Spruill introduced a bill Tuesday to ban displaying replicas of human genitalia on vehicles, calling it a safety issue because it could distract other drivers. Oh really? A safety issue, eh? I'm assuming Mr. Spruill has reams of documentation showing vehicular accident reports with the main cause as "Driver was hypnotized by pair of large, dangly, hot pink testicles and ended up running off the road." Right? Or maybe...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 1/16/2008 9:34:23 AM | Feedback (2)
Armed Canadian shows us what happens when "common-sense gun control laws" are put into place. When you're done chuckling at the whole thing, sit back and let it sink in that, had he not done this, he'd be a felon.
posted by by Robb Allen @ 1/16/2008 8:04:58 AM | Feedback (2)
I'm glad to have been asked to join The Line Is Here as a contributor. My first story - Crime Scene - Do not cross
posted by by Robb Allen @ 1/15/2008 12:55:11 PM | Feedback (1)
I just overheard one of the uber-lefties here at work talk about how he was trying to change his affiliation so he could vote Huckabee in the primaries. Think about it. He thinks it's more important to get someone in who they can defeat than to allow the people who truly are looking to select a candidate that matches their views to get their voices heard. He has to set up a strawman that can be demolished in order to validate his own views. And when the Huckster loses (and I would not vote for...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 1/15/2008 9:09:24 AM | Feedback (10)
I'm talking about Terminator - The Sarah Connor Chronicles. I tivoed the first show and ended up watching them both back to back last night. I was pleasantly surprised. I thought the "Little Hottie as a Terminator" would be stupid and was thoroughly expecting to enjoy it about as much as Bionic Woman, but alas it was pretty good. Summer Glau actually pulls off the terminator albeit a little on the cliche side. I didn't get why she was able to act totally human when she first met John but then...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 1/15/2008 8:18:15 AM | Feedback (7)
Stolen from Squeaky Wheel Seeks Grease The Band Meme Here’s how it goes. You are about to have your own band’s CD cover. Follow these directions to the letter. It’s fun and requires no thought at all. Go to……1. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Special:RandomThe first article title on the page is the name of your band.2. http://www.quotationspage.com/random.php3The last four words of the very last quote is the title of your album.3. http://www.flickr.com/explore/interesting/7days/The third picture,...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 1/13/2008 1:03:41 PM | Feedback (7)
I think I finally have the look of Bob. The placement of the eyes allows for a wide range of expressions while also keeping him somewhat oblivious. Sheep have a long snout as it is, and it makes for an easy cartoon to simply place it way out. Keeping the mouth in closer feels right to me because then I'll be able to stretch it out to the end when needed. And to think the very, very, very first incarnation of Bob was this. Yes, Bob was originally going to wear tennis shoes, but not any more.
posted by by Robb Allen @ 1/13/2008 12:41:45 PM | Feedback (6)
Greg has put up an excellent analysis of the stupid local waiting periods. There are some very interesting things he found, especially about the part that, if you can show a prior purchase of a gun, that a waiting period isn't required. Sounds familiar, somehow.
posted by by Robb Allen @ 1/11/2008 2:33:37 PM | Feedback (0)
Friendship between Women: A woman didn't come home one night.  The next morning she told her husband that she had slept over at a friend's house.  The man called his wife's 10 best friends.  None of them knew anything about it. Friendship between Men: A man didn't come home one night.  The next morning he told his wife that he had slept over at a friend's house.  The woman called her husband's 10 best friends, eight of which confirmed that he had slept over, and two said that he was still...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 1/10/2008 11:00:13 AM | Feedback (1)
Ok, I finally got some snaps of a few of my targets from Monday's expedition. First off, some of the 10 yard targets. This on is the .22 and oddly, I kept the wrong one. The first target had practically no black left in the center (and I didn't bother shooting the lower targets), but this one is still representative of the over goodness of the evening (click to enlargenate) Next, 10 yards with the .357 Magnum and the "HOLY SHIT!" loads. I was alternating between the bottom two targets as fast...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 1/10/2008 8:37:48 AM | Feedback (3)
I've said it over and over, but alas it is my duty to continue to do so. Guns are not difficult to make objects Police are receiving an urgent warning:  be on the lookout for an old-style gun that's apparently making a comeback on the streets. The concern? It may be impossible to tell if someone is carrying the gun. Experts say this gun is so small it can be hidden in a belt buckle, necklace or even a flashlight. And what's even scarier – the gun can apparently be made at home. Emphasis mine....
posted by by Robb Allen @ 1/10/2008 7:55:32 AM | Feedback (5)
McHuckaRomLiani Seriously, could it be any worse?
posted by by Robb Allen @ 1/9/2008 1:43:55 PM | Feedback (4)
Sorry this didn't get posted last night. I was too busy bowling with the Wii. Damn my shoulder hurts. Anyway, the last thing I wanted to discuss about my range trip two nights ago was something I noticed about other people's shooting (and something I found myself doing earlier in my shooting career). I call it metronome shooting. So many people seem to shoot on a schedule rather then when they're on the bull's-eye. Pop. Pop. Pop. Pop. It's like a clock ticking. You can actually anticipate their...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 1/9/2008 9:53:25 AM | Feedback (7)
It got here early. The Mrs. and I are already hooked. My arm is sore from bowling and I'm all sweaty from boxing. Any my poor wife's Mii character is the default woman with freckles. You may hear from me again early May. 2009. Or so.
posted by by Robb Allen @ 1/8/2008 10:19:41 PM | Feedback (6)
CLEARWATER - A manager at a carwash recognized the man caught on a surveillance videotape breaking into the business: The man had applied for a job there, police said.
posted by by Robb Allen @ 1/8/2008 3:48:48 PM | Feedback (2)
A tip to young men who go shooting with their girlfriends. They might be somewhat impressed with you being able to fire 10 shots in 5 seconds but the range master isn't going to look kindly on you and the rest of us who know how to shoot are laughing at you for putting 3 shots into the ceiling. How the hell do you miss at 5 yards? Double taps are fine. You need to be able to do a follow up shot as quickly as humanly possible. But if that shot goes three feet over your target's head, you just...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 1/8/2008 2:38:12 PM | Feedback (1)
Last night was a wonderful night at the range. One of those where you leave just smiling from ear to ear. There were several things I came away with last night and I'm going to post them in series here. First off was my personal night. I hadn't hit the range in a few weeks which for me is an eternity. I wanted to take the .22, .357, and the 7.62x54R. The first two for precision shooting, the latter for keeping my "muscle memory" in tact. When I got to the range, oddly enough the other three...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 1/8/2008 9:23:52 AM | Feedback (2)
Gah! I haven't hit the range in, like, three weeks. I need that meditation. The concentration that comes with ensure each and every shot goes dead center of the target. The calm breathing, helping with relaxation (something I find kills flinching). Of course, I have to learn how to deal with the occasional "flyaway" shot. Those tend to get on my nerves and rattle my concentration (I get pissed at myself). Then, afterwards, some of my patented "Holy Shit! WTF kind of cannon was that???" .357...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 1/7/2008 3:52:18 PM | Feedback (1)
I'm so buying this when it's released! (A SaaM Original, btw)
posted by by Robb Allen @ 1/7/2008 2:22:53 PM | Feedback (4)
Bob is a main character in my comic idea. Bob is a sheep. In fact, all of the sheep vice one is named Bob. The other is named Barbara. I can't get the look of Bob nailed down. I have several versions I keep going back and forth on, but none of them "fit" with the styles of the other characters. Bob needs to convey "simple minded" and yet "overly emotional". I can do simple minded with dots for eyes since it gives the impression of a blank stare, but that makes it harder to show a wide range of...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 1/7/2008 10:54:58 AM | Feedback (0)
You'd think for the unbelievable amount of dough it cost me to get my Wii shipped it would get here in less than 30 minutes, but no, I gotta wait until the 9th. Waiting sucks.
posted by by Robb Allen @ 1/7/2008 9:03:46 AM | Feedback (1)
Found this on my hard drive. I used to have it online, but the image hosting company apparently had different views than me and deleted this image without telling me. Now, I run my own show.
posted by by Robb Allen @ 1/6/2008 7:26:49 PM | Feedback (3)
Michigan sees fewer gun deaths — with more permits Six years after new rules made it much easier to get a license to carry concealed weapons, the number of Michiganders legally packing heat has increased more than six-fold. But dire predictions about increased violence and bloodshed have largely gone unfulfilled, according to law enforcement officials and, to the extent they can be measured, crime statistics. The incidence of violent crime in Michigan in the six years since the law went...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 1/6/2008 10:32:39 AM | Feedback (4)
The Mrs. has decided that when we get the new kitchen, my 1970's Tupperware Sugar Container has to go. I grew up with this thing. It was how I poured sugar on my cornflakes as a child, it was how I put sugar in my coffee as I grew up. I had to use my cunning wits to pry it away from my Dad and his wife (I bought them a new sugar container and "Hey, since you don't need that old one any more!" - She now regrets the swap). Sure, it's ugly as sin. Sure it's a color that went out of style with...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 1/6/2008 9:51:47 AM | Feedback (5)
When I read articles like this, I get tired. It reminds me how much work lays ahead of us rights activists in educating the populace regarding the truth about gun control. The hardest mountain is that I'm not on the editorial board of a major newspaper so I can't present my opinion as facts to the public. Instead, I have to network with as many people as I can in hopes of getting a few readers here and calmly, accurately, and thoroughly show how people like Maureen Downey are wrong. Ms. Downey...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 1/5/2008 11:51:42 AM | Feedback (5)
"I'm all in favor of keeping dangerous weapons out of the hands of fools. Let's start with typewriters." "A free America... means just this: individual freedom for all, rich or poor, or else this system of government we call democracy is only an expedient to enslave man to the machine and make him like it." "Toleration and liberty are the foundations of a great republic." Frank Lloyd Wright
posted by by Robb Allen @ 1/5/2008 9:20:28 AM | Feedback (0)
TMI
Gah! Just weighed myself at Publix. I'm 3 pounds short of my all time record of 218 pounds. Still, being 6'3", 215 isn't a bad weight. But it's kind of scary from the 205 I was before Thanksgiving.
posted by by Robb Allen @ 1/4/2008 2:09:06 PM | Feedback (4)
Uncle points to the greatest concentration of misinformation ever contained within a written article. Fisking this article would be like eating celery. It requires more energy to chew it up than you get from digestion - i.e. a losing proposition. But let's take a little stab at it, shall we? First, it is true that the assault weapons banned under the federal law that lapsed in 2004 were, like many hunting rifles, semi-automatic that is, firing a bullet with each pull of the trigger (fully...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 1/4/2008 9:53:45 AM | Feedback (7)
Waiting periods for firearms purchases will be waived if the person purchasing the firearm has, on their possession, a firearm (unloaded, of course). Because waiting periods are to "cool off". If you already own a gun (and simply having it on you means you have plenty of access to it) then there is no reason to make you wait for another. Any takers on why this would be a bad / non workable idea?
posted by by Robb Allen @ 1/3/2008 2:03:41 PM | Feedback (19)
Can't buy just the system, but you can get bundles and since I wanted all the sports games anyway, I picked one up. The Mrs. has wanted it as well and when she found out there was a bowling game, she positively flipped. I wonder if the gun controller is off limits due to the No Gun Purchases in 2008 Dictum?
posted by by Robb Allen @ 1/3/2008 1:08:51 PM | Feedback (5)
To the person who sent me an email & tried to chat - Something was wrong and it wouldn't let me send any messages. I've sent some more stuff in email and will be sending more later. I hate it when technology screws things up.
posted by by Robb Allen @ 1/3/2008 12:01:12 PM | Feedback (0)
So, thanks to Instapundit linking to Say Uncle, we've gotten a lot of exposure to Cease Fire, PA and their hateful little board of directors member, Alex Riley. I'd like to take this opportunity to ensure that I'm being very clear on what the facts are versus everything else. It is a fact that Alex Riley (aka ATR & Culturologist) left fairly hateful comments here at my blog and elsewhere. It is a now "erased" fact that Alex also ran a blog called "ILoveMyDaughterMoreThanYouLoveYourGun" on...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 1/3/2008 8:50:58 AM | Feedback (5)
Well, it seems that way.
posted by by Robb Allen @ 1/2/2008 2:10:46 PM | Feedback (2)
Someone in PA... Looking for stuff on a certain anti-gun bigot.. I wonder if Cease Fire has updated their board of director's page yet?
posted by by Robb Allen @ 1/1/2008 12:38:09 PM | Feedback (1)
Just putzing around with aging photographs in Photoshop. I took a photograph from my nephews wedding (I was the photographer - remind me to never do that again) and aged it quite a few years. Let me know what you think (you can click on the images for bigger views) Original Aged
posted by by Robb Allen @ 1/1/2008 11:27:40 AM | Feedback (7)
New Years Resolution #1 - Reach room temperature. Check.New Years Resolution #2 - Learn to play the piano. Not gonna happen
posted by by Robb Allen @ 1/1/2008 11:16:54 AM | Feedback (1)
It's going to be a shitty year. The Mrs. has decreed that I shan't be buying any firearms this year since I bought 3 last year. It's going to be hard to figure out how to get around that one.
posted by by Robb Allen @ 1/1/2008 11:12:50 AM | Feedback (21)