Archive for July, 2012

From Caleb
posted by by Robb Allen @ 7/31/2012 12:07:05 PM | Feedback (0)
Fire is. But what disappoints me is that they don't mention two of the biggest mass murders in American history that were largely ignored by the national media because they did not advance the gun control agenda.  December of 1987 (96 murdered by Hector Escudero in Puerto Rico) and April 1990 (87 murdered by Julio Gonzalez in New York City). But because both were arson murderers, the mainstream media largely ignored these crimes. I’ve said that here repeatedly (and I was basing it on the...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 7/31/2012 8:55:36 AM | Feedback (6)
Or in this case, two in one
posted by by Robb Allen @ 7/31/2012 8:38:47 AM | Feedback (1)
If you’re reading this, you’re lucky. Either your DNS entry is cached or you’ve already received updates. You see, I’ve run DNS out of the House of the Rising Smolder for years now with nary a problem. Last week, I started getting intermittent outages which sometimes required rebooting the server, sometimes just required restarting the DNS service, sometimes required holding my head at the right angle. Today, I noticed the Reverse Lookup Zones were fubar. This was by complete accident as the...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 7/30/2012 9:30:47 PM | Feedback (33)
That’s the worst error message given I *am* the SysAdmin. Sorry if I’ve been down for a while. My DNS’ reverse lookup zone corrupted and stopped working. Being that I haven’t touched DNS / networking things in years, I didn’t realize that was the issue. Dumb luck had me kill a host record and re-add it, which threw an error letting me know the PTR couldn’t be created, so that was my hint. Self hosting can be a PITA, that’s for sure.
posted by by Robb Allen @ 7/30/2012 12:44:29 PM | Feedback (0)
Wal-Mart and signs on how to customize your Modern Sporting Rifle.
posted by by Robb Allen @ 7/30/2012 10:16:24 AM | Feedback (0)
Didn’t seem to miss much while I was away on vacation. The bits and pieces I did gather was that the anti’s blew their collective load over the Aurora shooting and… well, fizzled out pretty damned quick. Oh sure, they’re complaining we don’t ‘compromise’ by giving up everything while they do not, there have been gallons of ink spilled in long, drawn out soliloquies that basically dress up the turd-for-an-argument with flowery language, but they’re singing a song everyone is tired of hearing. Of...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 7/30/2012 10:14:13 AM | Feedback (1)
But being that it is Silly Season, there were a bajillion “Vote For Me” signs on our trip from TN back to Flatland (who knew you had to elect the coroner?). Interesting thing – not a single sign did I see that was a Democrat. Oh, they may have been, but they didn’t advertise it. Republicans and conservatives, on the other hand, splashed it as large as they could and still leave enough room to read their names. Just thought that was interesting.
posted by by Robb Allen @ 7/29/2012 8:39:06 AM | Feedback (2)
From a PSH laden diatribe by someone at CNN who apparently is paid to do PSH and avoid rational thinking at all costs comes this comment Sybaris At 70 it is more likely that someone will take your gun from you and beat you with it. And the QotD rejoinder FrankBrady I am seventy, Sybaris, and I absolutely guarantee that anyone who tries to take my gun from me and beat me with it will live a short but exciting life. You gotta love the logic – If you’re old and a criminal is there to beat you to...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 7/25/2012 8:50:43 PM | Feedback (9)
TN Statute 39-17-1305 regarding carrying a gun where booze is sold for consumption on the premises 39-17-1305. Possession of firearm where alcoholic beverages are served. (a)  It is an offense for a person to possess a firearm within the confines of a building open to the public where liquor, wine or other alcoholic beverages, as defined in § 57-3-101(a)(1)(A), or beer, as defined in § 57-6-102(1), are served for on premises consumption. Noticed that sign while taste testing some wine. ...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 7/25/2012 8:01:37 PM | Feedback (10)
I don’t have a lot of time to read the news or whatnot while I’m on vacation, but one thing I’ve seen is that the arguments for gun control have not changed and have only become nothing more than a parrot stuck on a single note. I have seen a few Facebook friends engage in several ‘discussions’ and invariably, those who truly believe in the healing powers of magic crystals ability of guns to cause violence are practically useless to argue with. Granted, the arguments shouldn’t be aimed at them...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 7/24/2012 8:00:41 AM | Feedback (2)
Traipsing around the Smoky Mountains today, the critter count was 1 Chipmunk1 Very fat squirrel3 Deer who couldn’t care less about people1 Black bear No Uncle sightings yet.
posted by by Robb Allen @ 7/23/2012 5:44:35 PM | Feedback (7)
I’m aware that there are registration issues where some people are having problems with their user name being ‘unavailable’. Sorry ‘bout that. Won’t have a chance to fix it for the next week as I’m not home, so just put something like a _ after your name and I’ll manually fix them when I get home if need be. Thanks,R
posted by by Robb Allen @ 7/21/2012 5:07:58 PM | Feedback (1)
Made a joke to Georgia about Richard Simmons. Thanks to Ron Weasley in the Harry Potter books, her response was “Who the bloody hell is that?” Her first obscenity!
posted by by Robb Allen @ 7/21/2012 4:58:15 PM | Feedback (4)
You’re going to notice a bit of silence here at Casa de Marble for the next week. I will be out of town doing things not conducive to blogging and will have little to no access to Interweb tubing. Don’t worry, I’ve scheduled a mime to do some guest blogging.
posted by by Robb Allen @ 7/20/2012 11:31:32 AM | Feedback (6)
Just a few quick thoughts re: the Colorado theater shooting. Like every other event for the past decade, the media seems to focus on being First rather than being Right. You’ll notice I didn’t qualify the media with “Main Stream” or “Legacy”, or “Dinosaur”. All media. Blogs, Tweets, forums, even chat rooms. Heck, my wife and I were talking about it this morning. I realized we were discussing things as if the information we had was pristine, accurate, and complete. It’s not. And it won’t be for...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 7/20/2012 11:53:19 AM | Feedback (10)
Massacre at a Batman showing. 14 dead. My prayers to the families of the slain and injured.
posted by by Robb Allen @ 7/20/2012 8:49:28 AM | Feedback (1)
Had to go to the doctor’s office yesterday. My right elbow has been killing me for the past few weeks and since it wasn’t getting any better, I figured I’d go get it checked out. I had to see the Nurse Practitioner because the Doc was booked for weeks, but I figured this wasn’t something that absolutely required him so I signed up. When she came in, I explained that just forward of my right elbow was in a lot of pain. I had to stop working out my upper body because, while I could curl a bar,...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 7/20/2012 8:26:26 AM | Feedback (17)
Looking at my referrals, I seem to have a link in from a scrapbooking site, where there’s a heated conversation about Obama’s “You Didn’t Build That” remark. Pages, and pages of. Heated. Scrapbooking. Just… Wow.
posted by by Robb Allen @ 7/19/2012 2:12:04 PM | Feedback (5)
So Caleb pings me about a video with Jessie Duff on a Morning show regarding her being involved in the shooting sports. In the first of the video, they have a few still pictures of her in action. About 1:04 into the video, a familiar image appeared Yup, that’s a picture I took from the 2011 Pro Am. How cool is that?
posted by by Robb Allen @ 7/19/2012 11:21:13 AM | Feedback (5)
posted by by Robb Allen @ 7/18/2012 10:13:38 PM | Feedback (8)
Because they are not unarmed CHICAGO (CBS) – Three teens accused of attacking a man in a West Rogers Park alley and posting video of the fatal beating online were allegedly playing a game called “pick ‘em out and knock ‘em out.” As WBBM Newsradio’s Steve Miller reports, at a bond hearing for two of the suspects, Cook County prosecutors said the youngest of the trio – 16-year-old Malik Jones – was the instigator of the attack. Jones allegedly turned on his cell phone’s video camera before...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 7/18/2012 11:25:36 AM | Feedback (15)
iMac’s birthday is today. She’s now 7, which means I must have blinked because I swear I remember changing diapers last week. She’s still a tiny thing, unlike her sister who’s generally the tallest kid in her class. Irelyn had been asking, every time I pulled out my guitar to practice, for me to give her a lesson. She instantly remembered the names of the strings (EADGBE) and even started understanding a few chords, but the problem was my full size guitar was too large for her to wrap her arms...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 7/18/2012 9:05:32 AM | Feedback (10)
Barely a few days old and Ansible 2.0 (Owen) is already out the door. Welcome to 2.1 Julie. Two major updates. First, by popular demand, Search I ain’t no Google, but it should do a pretty decent enough job of getting you back articles. Second thing…. Ads. Sorry, gotta pay the bills somehow. Hopefully they do not intrude too much. You might see some gray boxes for a bit, but that should start clearing up shortly. As always, let me know if something ain’t working for you.
posted by by Robb Allen @ 7/17/2012 3:51:15 PM | Feedback (22)
It’s helpful to ensure that you actually post items to the live server rather than your development server. That way, your audience is more than just you.
posted by by Robb Allen @ 7/17/2012 10:01:36 AM | Feedback (0)
JayG examines two sides of the same coin. “Heads” we freak out, “tails” we’re ok.
posted by by Robb Allen @ 7/17/2012 10:00:32 AM | Feedback (1)
This is video from the failed Internet Café heist I posted about the other day. This is textbook. Two guys come in with faces covered, weapons drawn yelling “We’re the bad guys”. It doesn’t get any cleaner cut than this for self defense. I swear, that’s a video of conversations on numerous message boards. “So, you’re sitting in a café, two guys come barging in, but the one with the gun turns away from you. What do you do?”
posted by by Robb Allen @ 7/17/2012 9:59:26 AM | Feedback (6)
Team America, dressed in their fanciest Chinese made uniforms, will soon be competing to bring home medals for practically every person in the US. I don’t think they’ve worked out the logistics yet of how to appropriately separate the combined metal into over 300,000,000 pieces, but I assure you each and every one of you deserve the Gold, Silver, and Bronze, just as much as the Olympians themselves. If you’ve been a successful athlete, you didn’t get there on your own. I’m always struck by...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 7/16/2012 6:57:30 PM | Feedback (16)
But what she says here is spot on Innocent people dying was the objective of Fast and Furious, not collateral damage. It would be as if the Bush administration had implemented a covert operation to dump a dangerous abortifacient in Planned Parenthood clinics, resulting in hundreds of women dying — just to give pro-lifers an argument about how dangerous abortion clinics are. That's what Fast and Furious is about. Hat Tip Shall Not Be Questioned that other white guy, Smallest Minority
posted by by Robb Allen @ 7/16/2012 11:53:03 AM | Feedback (6)
Cops knock on the wrong door at 1:30AM, looking for someone accused of attempted murder. They do not identify themselves as police officers and when the wrong guy answers the door pointing a gun at them, they shoot and kill him. Now, we only have the cops side of the story, and I’m sure in the heat of the moment some of the details are going to be a bit shaky. Much blame is to be laid on the police officers for a) getting the address wrong and b) not identifying themselves. However, if you are...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 7/16/2012 9:22:17 AM | Feedback (41)
Pants. Brought to you by horses.
posted by by Robb Allen @ 7/16/2012 8:43:04 AM | Feedback (0)
Then why in the hell would you buy a 100 round, drum magazine fixed at 5 rounds? I understand this is Canada, whose freedoms some people here in the states wish to emulate, but come on. A drum magazine is unwieldy enough as it is but makes up for it’s bulk by giving you a metric shit load of ammo. This is the worst of both worlds – bulk and limited ammo capacity. Hat Tip Daniels
posted by by Robb Allen @ 7/16/2012 8:11:51 AM | Feedback (5)
Thanks to the Oatmeal’s funny (if not entirely accurate) comic on Nikola Tesla there have been numerous conversations regarding Tesla’s desire to send electricity over the air to everyone’s houses. Now, most of the conversations I’ve seen come from people who appear to be scientifically minded but sadly, economically illiterate. And this is sad because one would hope that the really, really smart people would be smart enough to understand that the TANSTAAFL principle that applies to the laws of...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 7/15/2012 11:16:02 AM | Feedback (8)
And sometimes, thieves don’t expect their victims to be armed Hours after his release from the hospital, Henderson, who talked about the pain he feels in his buttock and hip, said the plan was to "barge in, get the money and leave." He said "he never expected anyone to be armed." Now, this entire article is worth reading as there are a few interesting parts here. Apparently, two men barged into an internet café, one with a bat and the other with a gun. They smashed a computer and demanded that...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 7/15/2012 9:17:15 AM | Feedback (4)
It fixes little girls ‘magic wands’ too!
posted by by Robb Allen @ 7/15/2012 7:52:56 PM | Feedback (2)
My works are now popping up all over the world!
posted by by Robb Allen @ 7/15/2012 11:27:16 AM | Feedback (0)
Whoa! I was tweaking some Ansible code (adding search capabilities if you must know) and I ran up on this post from 2004. I’d wager to bet this was my very first gun related post (well before I was a gun blogger). Copied in its entirety here because… well, it’s my blog, ain’t no fair use issues stealing from myself I own two firearms - A Dan Wesson .357 Revolver with 6" barrel and a .22 made out of old M4 parts. Yeah, I know it's a .22, but it's a mean looking .22! Anyway, I can't conceal the...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 7/13/2012 3:24:17 PM | Feedback (6)
With one even more intrusive and guaranteed to be less effective The government has teamed up with a subcontractor to produce a new laser scanner that can detect "traces of drugs or gun powder on your clothes," says Gizmodo, as well as the egg sandwich you had for breakfast and the adrenaline level in your body — all "without you knowing it." … The new scanner "fires a laser to provide molecular-level feedback" from your body, says Gizmodo. The results show up almost instantly on an attached...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 7/13/2012 3:24:17 PM | Feedback (8)
So I just pruned the blogroll, removing about 50 blogs that were dead or no longer apropos. Many of the dead ones were redirects to spam sites or  This Domain is for Sale! pages, but the interesting ones were those that were still technically active, but no longer maintained. It was odd because I read the lasts posts of some of them. Most of those seemed to just… stop. Their last posts weren’t “So long and thanks for all the fish” or “I’ve not been feeling well lately so I might not be...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 7/13/2012 3:24:17 PM | Feedback (13)
Notice something different? It’s the new blog. Even has that new blog smell (careful, it’s considered carcinogenic in California). Welcome to Ansible 2.0 code named Owen. I had considered changing the title, but Sharp as a Marble ended up sticking around. This is a full release, not a beta or anything. I have worked hard to ensure that the new blog runs on the vast majority of browsers that Google Analytics says I get here, but there are a few I don’t have access to on OS’s I don’t run, so you...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 7/13/2012 3:24:17 PM | Feedback (36)
I apparently give lessons on how to play Spirit of Radio in dream land now.
posted by by Robb Allen @ 7/13/2012 8:56:42 AM | Feedback (7)
Coming off… Coming off… The wheels on the bus keep coming off and Zimmerman ain’t guilty. It’s a catchy tune – too bad there are a lot of tone deaf people out there. What saddens me is the sheer number of people who bought into the racism angle, hook, line, sinker, the bobber, and 200 yards of 20lb test. These people cannot be reached, they are not intelligent enough to be able to correct their thinking, and are so wound up in the narrative that to agree to the overwhelming facts that George...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 7/13/2012 8:46:30 AM | Feedback (5)
In regards to Joe Biden not being able to fill the NAACP seats Who wants to watch a ventriloquist act if only the dummy shows up?
posted by by Robb Allen @ 7/12/2012 4:53:42 PM | Feedback (1)
So, I’m elbow deep in shamelessly stealing other people’s web code studying how certain sites work. Looking at ways to implement some of the ideas I want to do with Ansible 2.0, I often look at sites that have similar functionality and peel apart the various pieces of the puzzle. Often, this means pulling out Fiddler and sniffing the traffic, reading the headers and whatnot to glean where things are kept and what’s going on in the background, behind what your browser shows you. I was looking...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 7/11/2012 2:54:39 PM | Feedback (8)
Permit me, for a moment, to get my prude-on. As many of you know, I’m a social liberal yet personally very conservative. What you want to do with your life is none of my business, but that doesn’t mean I reflexively approve of every lifestyle that graces my doorstep. This is one of the failings of the modern, Big L Libertarians that I’ve encountered – the conflation of “that should be legal” with “it should be done and encouraged” – that keeps me from being an actual Libertarian instead of...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 7/11/2012 10:33:01 AM | Feedback (22)
JayG I swear on a stack of MidwayUSA catalogs That’s funny
posted by by Robb Allen @ 7/11/2012 8:33:07 AM | Feedback (4)
As we all know, thanks to L'affaire de Zimmerman, Stand Your Ground laws have come under attack, being called everything from Shoot First to “Legalized Vigilantism”, none of which are true. However, when you get into discussing SYG, it’s important you have some decent points to bring up. SYG acknowledges that most violent crime occurs outside the home. Many will say “Castle Doctrine” is all you need, but this is false. You can be attacked anywhere. SYG simply allows an individual the legal...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 7/10/2012 9:52:30 AM | Feedback (9)
Recently, a bunch of women shooters got together for what I can only describe as “A totally awesome event where a bunch of women shooters got together and had one hell of a pillow fight” or, as Julie Golob called it – Girls Guns Getaway. Some of the top names in women gun-bloggers were there and it looked to be one hell of a time. I’m not going to be sexist about it and talk about the gender issue because honestly, most of those women could outshoot me on my best day. When you get to the very,...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 7/10/2012 8:46:05 AM | Feedback (1)
JayG reviews the KRISS. Jay had a few issues with his, things I never had problems with. Shooting steel cased ammo seemed to be nothing but FAIL for him, and because he had to use older, ‘preban’ magazines, there were some feeding issues as well. In the thousand+ rounds I’ve put through mine, I had one FTF, and it was clearly because the magazine was not fully seated. Other than that, it’s been bang after bang after bang. Jay also goes on about the accuracy which I cannot disagree. The KRISS...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 7/9/2012 10:46:31 AM | Feedback (1)
Because America and England are two countries separated by a common language, I thought I’d help out with one of my ever-so-handy charts Thanks to Tam for the idea
...Read More
posted by by Robb Allen @ 7/9/2012 9:22:57 AM | Feedback (3)
This heartwarming story about Democrat Representative John Dingel crying about the pain and discomfort from his wadded up panties puts a smile on my face. the issue at hand is the Dish Network’s DVR has the ability to skip over commercials which means Dingbat and Co. might miss putting their 30 seconds of smoke & mirrors in front of Suzie Soccermom. At a Wednesday hearing on video distribution held by the Communications and Technology Subcommittee of the Energy and Commerce Committee,...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 7/6/2012 12:59:56 PM | Feedback (13)
And I get to laugh at the sad clowns who know no other punch line. The best part of this article are the comments, which are running 100% in our favor. It’s refreshing to see that people are able to cut through the bullshit lies the antis peddle on a daily basis. Sadly, Chicago is a lost town and I’m not sure if you could ever overcome the ignorance that gun control requires. It permeates the entire culture there. Still, good to see people giving it to the Sun Times in the comments.
posted by by Robb Allen @ 7/6/2012 10:05:10 AM | Feedback (4)
Ansible 2.0 is nearing its initial release which will be codenamed ‘Owen’ (2,000,000 Internet Points to he who figures out the release names theme). Owen will be, for you my reader, primarily a redesign with the added ability to register your nickname. Nothing groundbreaking on your side of the screen as most of the ‘upgrades’ are in the back end and the administration piece. A few kinks I need to work out first before I even think about putting this out there but I hope you’ll be pleased....
posted by by Robb Allen @ 7/6/2012 8:21:49 AM | Feedback (8)
From Caleb in a chat (1:55:19 PM) Caleb: I wanted the WRX (1:55:24 PM) Caleb: my ex-wife wanted the Forester (1:55:29 PM) Caleb: so we compromised and got what she wanted It’s funny because it’s true
posted by by Robb Allen @ 7/5/2012 1:57:29 PM | Feedback (8)
Up at O-dark-forty-five, put my butt on the smoker, and 12 hours later… perfection Homemade sauces too. One was a mustard sauce, the other a Kansas City style BBQ sauce. Both were excellent. Butt was rubbed with Say Uncle’s Butt Dust minus the cayenne because I’m the only one who likes to cry while I eat.
posted by by Robb Allen @ 7/4/2012 9:16:49 PM | Feedback (6)
Take your time when reholstering. I’ve spoken at length about that here. *If they did, it was a dumb competition
posted by by Robb Allen @ 7/4/2012 2:58:32 PM | Feedback (1)
Then I see stuff like this and think “Never mind” I can’t get that close to a firearm without seeing  scratches, dings, fingerprints and several oz of lint. I know Oleg uses Photoshop and has proper lighting but there’s a silky smoothness to his pictures that I’m not sure I could attain. Then again, he does get to play with some neat toys.
posted by by Robb Allen @ 7/4/2012 2:32:21 PM | Feedback (6)
So the eldest went away on Sunday for a 3 day Girl Scout camp. Normally, Georgia has a hard time sleeping over at friends’ houses without calling us at some point in the night. All the ‘sleep overs’ she’s tried with the Scouts so far have been overnight somewhere near by. She had a hard time with those too (at least once required picking her up at 0-Dark-Thirty). We prepped her for this trip because the rules are “no communications whatsoever”. She cannot call, email, or text us. We did send...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 7/3/2012 2:19:08 PM | Feedback (6)
To a shotgun fight.
posted by by Robb Allen @ 7/3/2012 10:00:44 AM | Feedback (1)
The 27th Annual Gun Rights Policy Conference (GRPC) will be held in Orlando, Florida from September 28-30, 2012. This event is sponsored by the Second Amendment Foundation ( and the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms ( GRPC has traditionally been the place to meet national gun rights leaders and activists, to develop gun rights victory plans, and allow attendees a firsthand chance to hear movement leaders and make their voices heard. ...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 7/3/2012 8:19:52 AM | Feedback (3)
This is going to be a very annoying post. Because someone at Mozilla had either a sense of humor or was a sadistic bastard. For those reading via other browsers or in RSS. Consider yourself lucky.
posted by by Robb Allen @ 7/2/2012 1:55:24 PM | Feedback (19)
“HTML5 has some cools shit which will make developing web pages even easier so long as you target only one browser since no two do the same thing. So it’s just like previous versions of HTML, only with more tags for various browsers to ignore. Oh, and 2000 lines of JavaScript to do what the old <blink> tag did.”
posted by by Robb Allen @ 7/2/2012 12:57:50 PM | Feedback (11)
I shoot. A lot when I can, as much as I can when I can’t shoot a lot. I’ve burned through more ammo than I can possibly count. I’ve reloaded thousands upon thousands of rounds myself. I’ve shot thousands upon thousands of factory ammo. I’ve even carried my own reloads, but of course have recently decided to stop doing so. And now I have no $#&’ing clue what type of Self Defense ammo to purchase for the KRISS. Seriously, I looked through Lucky Gunner for self defense .45ACP ammo and there...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 7/2/2012 9:47:23 AM | Feedback (37)
JayG is about to get the shock of his life – namely that reloading doesn’t save you a dime, it just means you shoot more.
posted by by Robb Allen @ 7/2/2012 9:39:00 AM | Feedback (5)
I’ve got great news! Even though the effects of Obamacare won’t be felt for another year or so, you can hop on the morally-righteous bandwagon today! You don’t have to wait for the tax man to take your money, you can just pull out the old credit card, waltz down to the local hospital / homeless shelter / battered women’s center and say “I would like to assuage my guilt and make a large donation.” If you’re like me and deal in cash, many of these places will gladly take that as well. If you’re...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 7/2/2012 8:37:56 AM | Feedback (5)