08 April 2006

Bush 'is planning nuclear strikes on Iran's secret sites'

The Bush administration is planning to use nuclear weapons against Iran, to prevent it acquiring its own atomic warheads, claims an investigative writer with high-level Pentagon and intelligence contacts.
President George W Bush is said to be so alarmed by the threat of Iran's hard-line leader, Mahmoud Ahmedinejad, that privately he refers to him as "the new Hitler", says Seymour Hersh, who broke the story of the Abu Ghraib Iraqi prisoner abuse scandal.

Feelings, nothing more than feelings....

I tend to think of myself as a fairly rational, non feeling individual. It's not that I don't have feelings, it's that I don't lead my life by what I'm feeling. It always cracks me up to hear someone tell me how they "feel" about something rather than what they "think".

Now, that being said, at Wednesday's match this week, I was ruled by my feelings on the first stage of the night. Allow me to explain....

The stage had you starting behind a barricade, and first engage a target at about 15-20 yards with 3 rounds. The target was "hiding" behind cover and you only had about 1/2 the upper torso to shoot at. After you engaged T1, as you moved forward to P2 (position 2) you engaged T2 on the move and when you reached P2, you engaged some more targets that were behind the barricade. At the buzzer, I engaged T1 with 2 rounds, and then milked the trigger (still getting used to the XD's trigger) and popped off 2 more rounds almost full auto. As I began moving to P2, it hit my conscious level from my bubbling subconscious that something didn't feel right about how the gun cycled and I looked down at the XD. Lo and behold, the gun was about 3/4 into battery, and I could clearly see the next round trying unsuccessfully to get into battery. Without slowing my movement a bit, I racked the slide, began to hit the brakes, set up for the shot on T2, took the 3 shots on T2 and finished the COF without incident.

Now, my point is not to talk about how great I am or to impress you with what happened. What made me extremely happy about that stage is that the whole incident took place without any serious thought process on my part. It was simply a feeling that I had that something was wrong. And the only reason I had that feeling is because at practically every opportunity that I have, I am either shooting, dry firing, or fondling a pistol.

THAT is why I train the gun so hard folks.

How hard are YOU training.

And oh yeah. You can never train enough.

07 April 2006

Nude Britney Spears Giving Birth

A nude Britney Spears on a bearskin rug while giving birth to her firstborn marks a 'first' for Pro-Life.

The funny thing is, when I think about her getting pregnant I picture her in the same position, only she has an ashtray with a lit cigarette sitting on her back.
Pop-star Britney Spears is the "ideal" model for Pro-Life and the subject of a dedication at Capla Kesting Fine Art in Brooklyn's Williamsburg gallery district, in what is proclaimed the first Pro-Life monument to birth, in April.
Britney may be the ideal model for Pro-Life, but her husband K-Fed should be the poster boy for birth control.


That's right, kids! Don't waste a thousand bucks an eye on those darned doctors. Do it at home for only $99.95.

Looks safe to me. Really.

Maxim Cover of Eva Longoria Supersized

For Outlaw 13.

05 April 2006

Rabid skunk attacks man in bedroom

This is more than just a great headline. I actually know this guy. I met Doc Chambless in Terlingua years ago, and we golfed together, with the other JR. The other JR is the one who forwarded this story to me. In fact, we golfed together several times. Heckuva nice guy, but as this skunk learned, you don't wanna make him mad.

04 April 2006

The Perky one goes to CBS

Any doubt dear readers that the news media is only about entertainment?

The alleged move of the Perky One to take over the chair once held by Walter Cronkite and Dan Rather should come as no surprise - the nightly news is nothing more than an attempt to entertain us rather than a way to inform us.

Granted, Walter and Dan were never one to let the facts get in the way of their reporting, but at least their resumes were filled with actual journalistic endeavors, rather than a nice set of legs.

The Law Dog

Do yourself a favor and head over to the Law Dog Files. He's a north Texas Sheriff and his writing will make you spew Dr. Pepper all over your computer if you have a sense of humor at all....

As a tease:
Benny is the subject of several of my stories, along with his perpetually-pregnant wife, Jolene. Both of them were meek as churchmice -- until Benny got into the tequila. Which he did about once a month. Once he was good and liquored up, Benny would get depressed and attempt to off himself, but the traditional ways were never good enough for Benny. He'd lay down in front of a farmer's hay bailer, or chain himself to train tracks which hadn't seen a train in a hundred years, or try to drown himself in two inches of water. Which would lead to one of us -- usually me -- arresting the five-foot-nothing Benny for Fooblic Intoxidation. Followed by Jolene attempting to defend her husband and going beserk. Considering that Jolene was, as noted, usually pregnant and about 4 foot 8 inches tall, we usually attempted to avoid putting Jolene in jail. Not always successfully.

U.N. Notes Quick Spread of Bird Flu

Bird flu resurfaced in Asia in 2003 and has killed at least 108 people. It remains hard for humans to catch, but health experts fear it will mutate into a form easily spread among people, potentially sparking a pandemic.
Oh. My. Gosh. At least 108 people world-wide since 2003?

No fear-mongering or panic-pandering here.

I must assume that the world-wide pandemic of the common cold will soon be recognized for the race-exterminating killer it is any day now. How many people died from that last year? Or from drowning in buckets? Or from lightning strikes? Caramba.

03 April 2006

Range Report

Some of our regular readers may recall that I purchased a Springfield XD40 Tactical pistol a few weeks ago. I haven't had time until this past weekend to start shooting it and I thought a report was in order.

Shot a local IDPA match Saturday, and ran 200 rounds through the gun at the match. Gun ran flawlessly with my home brewed minor pf loads - a 185g Precision (moly coated) bullet, being pushed by a whopping 3.3g of Tightgroup and a Winchester small pistol, magnum primer. Dropped a lot more points than I'm used to but didn't feel too bad about it as the recoil impulse and timing is very, very different from what I've been shooting lately. The load was very soft, and very easy on the hands. I suspected at the time it would easily make power factor (velocity x bullet weight must equal at least 125,000). About the only issue of very minor concern was that the brass was not ejecting very far, and was just falling within about 1 foot of the gun. I'll fix this shortly with a lower pound recoil spring which will be a good adjustment for the minor pf loads I'll be using in this gun.

Took the XD out to the range today for a little practice session and ran another 200 rounds through it. Again, using the same load, the gun ran flawlessly. Ran some simple drills to acquaint me with the pistol - triple 6's, 20 Alphas, some reload drills, and wrapped it up with some bill drills. Triple 6's are 6 rounds from 5 yds, 10 yds, and 20 yds, with a par time. Only A's count! 20 Alphas are 4 strings of 5 shots from 20 yds; par time again, and only Alphas count! Getting used to the pistol and as I progressed through the session, my hits were getting better and better. Last set of triple 6's I only dropped 1 pt, and the last set of 20 Alphas I only dropped 3. Times were within about 1/2 a second of where I am shooting my Limited gun and I wasn't pushing hard at all. More than the gun, shooting from a production rig is going to take some getting used to.

I think the only thing other than the recoil spring change will be a different set of sights - I'll put a pair of Heinies on it and call it a day. Can't stand the 3 dots that came with the gun and I've already blacked out the dots but I'm still not 100% happy with the sights.

Once JR overcomes my computer illiteracy and posts the short video I sent him, you can see the XD in action running a bill drill at about 7 yds in just a bit over 2 seconds with all Alpha hits. With some more practice with the production holster I feel pretty confident I can get the bill drill down to well under 2 seconds.
Here it is: Catfish shooting the Bill Drill...