Not gonna lie

I’m really, really proud of this one.

posted by Robb Allen @ 10/12/2015 12:28:14 PM | Feedback (1)
Bill to Legalize Open Carry and Require Strict Scrutiny

Contact Committee Members NOW to Support the Right to Bear Arms by the use of Strict Scrutiny and Legalizing Open Carry

On Tuesday, Oct 6th, at 9am the House Criminal Justice Subcommittee will hear the Open Carry and Strict Scrutiny bill.  Committee members need to hear from you now.

It does not matter if you ever intend to carry unconcealed, this is one of the most important bills filed for the protection of the right to bear arms in Florida since Shall Issue Concealed Carry was passed in 1987.

Strict Scrutiny is the most stringent standard of judicial review used by United States courts to weigh the government's interest against a constitutional right.

In basic terms, strict scrutiny of the right to bear arms and self-defense means that if any Florida law is going to stand that impacts those rights, the state must prove that it is using the least restrictive way possible for the state to achieve a compelling need to regulate.

Open Carry is legal in most of the country.  Most often open carry is practiced in very innocuous ways.  For example, a concealed carrier who leaves their coat off while pumping gas or the hiker who openly carries in the field.  Florida's Open Carry ban is so strict that it would be illegal for a concealed carry licensee to take off a jacket at a friend's house if doing so exposed a holstered handgun.

There are other times when a law-abiding gun owner may choose to carry openly rather than concealed.  Late at night while getting cash at a ATM, while working outdoors on someone's property during the summer, or even just running an errand without needing to re-dress to fully conceal a handgun. Regardless of motivation, or even in cases of accidental exposure, Florida's Licensees have proven that they use good judgment when they carry and should not face criminal prosecution for not hiding their firearms.

PLEASE EMAIL Members of the House Criminal Justice Subcommittee NOW.

Subject (use exact text below):

SUPPORT HB-163 - Protect the Right to Bear Arms

Copy and Paste the following email addresses

Here's the breakdown of how the bill protects the rights of gun owners.

Section 1 - Strict Scrutiny of all statutes implicating the Right to Keep and Bear Arms and Self-Defense

The judiciary shall employ strict scrutiny in reviewing any statute that implicates the right to bear arms or defend one's self pursuant to this chapter. The right to bear arms is a fundamental and individual right that exists in any place that a person has the right to be, subject only to exceptionally and narrowly tailored restrictions that employ the least possible restriction on the right in order to achieve a compelling government interest.

Section 2 - Arrest only for Unlicensed Concealed Carry (Technical Amendment)

The unlicensed carrying of a concealed weapon is declared a breach of peace, and any officer authorized to make arrests under the laws of this state may make arrests without warrant.

Section 3 - Licensed Open Carry & Prohibition on Infringing Gun Owner Rights

A person licensed to carry a concealed firearm or weapon pursuant to this chapter may openly carry such firearm or weapon...

Unless probable cause exists to believe that a crime has been committed by an individual, any person or entity infringing upon the rights conferred on that individual by (Florida Law), the State Constitution, or the Second Amendment to the United States Constitution is liable pursuant to s. 790.33(3)(c), (d), (e), and (f). Notwithstanding any other law, no immunity shall apply to persons infringing on such rights in violation of this subsection.

Section 4 - Legislative Findings that Lawful Carry Enhances Public Safety and Strict Scrutiny of 790.25

The Legislature finds as a matter of public policy and fact that the possession and carrying of weapons and firearms by law-abiding individuals for lawful purposes, including self-defense, enhances public safety...

The judiciary shall construe this act in conjunction with the right to bear arms or defend one's self as provided in chapter 776. The right to bear arms and defend one's self is a fundamental and individual right that exists in any place that a person has the right to be, subject only to exceptionally and narrowly tailored restrictions that employ the least possible restriction on the right in order to achieve a compelling government interest.

posted by Robb Allen @ 10/5/2015 7:04:28 AM | Feedback (1)
Update on the Great Nubbing of 2015

I haven't taken any pain meds in 3 days. Finger hurts, but is more annoying than ZOMGCUTITOFF!!!!! Looks nasty, but I'm able to change the dressing without wanting to puke. Friday I had a wound check & they had to rip off the bandages because they had fuse with the clots. There was so much pain.

Later, the tip of my finger went numb. At this point, I'm chalking it up to a bit of nerve damage. Hopefully this will not be anything that will interfere with my guitar playing (once I'm able to use the finger again, of course).

I'm lucky. There's a little less 'finger' there than there should be, but it'll grow mostly back and the worst case is a little numbness & a nasty scar.

Thank the Lord the jointer threw my hand & didn't pull it into the machine. I'm very lucky.

And now I'm also a very poor typist

posted by Robb Allen @ 9/28/2015 12:51:59 PM | Feedback (7)
The instructions for using a jointer are not printed in braille on the blades

So, last night I was cleaning up some wood in the shop on the jointer when the wood slipped and my hand went into the blade.

Not fun.

I managed to turn off the jointer, the shop vac, the lights, lock up the shop, turn off the hose filling up the pool, locked the door, got Irelyn, locked up Pepper in her crate, & drive myself to the ER where I bled all over the place.

I have a much, much bloodier pic

I lucked out as it didn't hit the bone so they were able to sew the finger back together (cut is on the fingerprint side from top to the 1sr knuckle) but OMG does it hurt, & I have a rather high pain tolerance.

Anyway, no guitar playing for me for a while, but it should heal with no problems & just a nice scar to remind me to always use push sticks.

Guess I'm not starting the storage bench build this weekend.

posted by Robb Allen @ 9/23/2015 10:42:48 AM | Feedback (16)
I shot steel plates yesterday

Poorly, but that’s to be expected for not keeping well regulated lately.

I misunderstood the amount of ammo necessary. I left with 7 rounds of .40 to my name. Luckily the reloads I had didn’t jam which tells me the full case resizing die I bought does its job, but I hadn’t really put it to its test like I should have.

First 4 stages I did well enough on, but the last 2 I had a hard time hitting the berm for some reason. I was shooting way high, which really, really sucked. I never have a problem with horizontal aiming, it’s always the vertical that gets me. This can be corrected with adequate practice, of course.

Here’s the Smoke & Hope stage, which I did well on once I slowed down a bit. The first shot was a miss because I was shooting ‘on time’ rather than ‘on target’ (i.e. pulling the trigger on a metronome rather than when the sight was on the plate). Eventually, I got the hang of it & did it in 3.88 seconds which ain’t bad for me.

Going to definitely start shooting steel a bit more. It’s a lot of fun & I need the practice!

posted by Robb Allen @ 9/20/2015 10:40:04 AM | Feedback (0)
Raising the bar by raising my children right

Last night, I finished up the top for the ‘planter’ by the front door. It’s cheap aspen from Lowes. I routed the edges with a 1/4 round-over, sanded it several times with 120 & 220 grit, then applied Minwax pre-stain.

Next came 2 coats of Minwax Red Mahogany stain, followed up by polyurethane, sanding, polyurethane, sanding, and polyurethane.

The results are gorgeous.

So good you can smell it. Literally. Polyurethane is smelly.

There is still a little work to do to properly secure it to the rock wall, but because I took a jigsaw to the back, it fits around the molding and is pretty snug.

Because of this success, I will be moving onto building a storage bench for between the garage & pool. This is the main entry point for us into the house and where the girls put their backpacks from school. The seat we had from the old house is too small and of such low quality that we need something else, so that’s next up on the to-build list (it also is why I’ll be getting a nice Delta table saw!).

However, I’m not going to do this alone. I’m going to have both of my girls, 10 & 13, out there with me to not only help, but to do some of the work as well. Maybe not the table saw, but I will have them help me joint the wood, drill the pocket holes, glue things down, and work a drill.

Schools educate children, but barely. Reading, Math, & Science are very important, but they only scratch the surface of what a person needs to understand to live. Spending 3 weeks on economics in “Social Studies” (a poor, poor substitute for actual history) doesn’t prepare a young adult to make good decisions about credit or how to properly save money.

We no longer do real home-economics. The 1 lesson on making pancakes isn’t teaching a person the basics on how to cook food. Kids have no idea how to determine if the 2lb box of pasta is actually a better buy than the 1lb box. Hell, half of the kids I deal with at fast food restaurants can’t even handle giving me the correct change.

Part of the problem of course is that schools aren’t really geared to do all of these things. A lot of this is a parent’s job to instill into their children. However, since so many parents can’t even handle their own financial affairs, change a tire, build a trellis, or figure out why the toilet isn’t flushing, they can’t pass on that kind of knowhow to their offspring.

I will not fail my children in this regard.

One of the many things I will instill in them is the mindset that you do not always require someone to do labor for you. I want to make sure they help me repair / improve the house so that when it comes time for them to weigh the opportunity costs of “DIY” vs. “Hire someone”, they can make an educated decision, not one based on the inability to do something.

I have ulterior motives here too. I am trying as hard as I possibly can to influence my daughters’ lives by example & reason. I want them to be strong & self sufficient so that when the day comes where they decide that this man is the one they want to spend their life with, he is a man worthy of them. I want that man held to high standards. I want them to pass over the ‘men’ who can’t take care of themselves. I want them to, by their very nature, find emasculated man-children worthy of disdain and not their time. Oh, you can’t even handle a table saw? Sorry, I’m busy this weekend… making a chest of drawers to keep your balls in.

I don’t necessarily want them to end up as carpenters, mechanics, or anything – but I want to make sure they have the opportunity to do that if they choose.

I’m in my 40s and just starting to do some of this. I’ve always been competent in such things as I’ve got, for some unknown reason, a pretty good gut instinct on how things mechanically work. I find writing code to be intellectually challenging & am learning that building things / repairing them feels the same in my mind. I hope to pass this on.

My dad did well enough having me help him with things, but it was always more as a “here, hold this while I try not to run the drill through your hand” than “here, do this so you understand why / how”.

I simply love my girls too much to rely on strangers to handle their entire education.

posted by Robb Allen @ 9/16/2015 12:44:28 PM | Feedback (11)