timely quote

Patriotism means to stand by the country. It does not mean to stand by the president.

Theodore Roosevelt

Friday, February 13, 2009

USPSA Classification finally comes through

So I finally got several of my classifier scores recorded, and I'm officially a C class limited shooter in the USPSA. I skipped D class all together. I've only been at this game for 6 months, and it is probably the most fun I've had with any of the things that I've tried.

So if you're a shooter and you're looking for a way to spend all of that money you thought you should save for your kids college or retirement or something, try out USPSA/IPSC. It doesn't really have to cost your first-born, and you can shoot what you brung.

My current comp gun, a Tanfoglio (EAA) Witness Elite Match, cost me a total of $500 and the extended mags cost $95 for a 21 round mag, but I started with my stock XDm (which my 17yo son shoots now).

So check out the website and look for clubs in your area. Go shoot a match or two and see if you get hooked like I did. It's worth your time.

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Joe Biden, meet bus

From Fox News:

OBAMA: All right. Major Garrett, where's Major?

GARRETT: Mr. President, at a speech Friday that many of us covered, Vice President Biden said the following thing about a conversation the two of you had in the Oval Office about a subject he didn't disclose.

"If we do everything right, if we do it with absolute certainty, if we stand up there and we really make the tough decisions, there's still a 30 percent chance we're going to get it wrong."

Since the vice president brought it up, can you tell the American people, sir, what you were talking about? And if not, can you at least reassure them it wasn't the stimulus bill or the bank rescue plan and if, in general, you agree with that ratio of success, 30 percent failure, 70 percent success?

OBAMA: You know, I don't remember exactly what Joe was referring to...

(LAUGHTER) ...not surprisingly.

But let me try this out. (MORE LAUGHTER)

I think what Joe may have been suggesting -- although I wouldn't put numerical -- I wouldn't ascribe any numerical percentage to any of this -- is that, given the magnitude of the challenges that we have, any single thing that we do is going to be part of the solution, not all of the solution.

And as I said in my introductory remarks, not everything we do is going to work out exactly as we intended it to work out. You know, this is an unprecedented problem.

And, you know, when you talk to economists, there's some general sense of how we're going to move forward. There's some strong consensus about the need for a recovery package of a certain magnitude. There's a strong consensus that you shouldn't put all your eggs in one basket, all tax cuts or all investment, but that there should be a range of approaches.

But even if we do everything right on that, we've still got to deal with what we just talked about, the financial system, and making sure that banks are lending again. We're still going to have to deal with housing. We're still going to have to make sure that we've got a regulatory structure, a regulatory architecture for the financial system that prevents crises like this from occurring again.
Now, those are big, complicated tasks. So I don't know whether Joe was referring to that, but I used that as a launching point to make a general point about these issues.


OBAMA: I have no idea. I really don't.

HONK! HOOoooonk! B-dump b-dump.

He has no idea. Wow. Talk about spin. A man that smart(?) forgets a conversation from a few days ago? Watching him burnout is going to be fun.

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Been kinda busy lately

I know I've been away, and I may have alienated one or two of my half dozen readers, and for that, I apologize.

I've been shooting a lot, mostly local matches, but I'm also preparing for the High Plains Shotgun Challenge, which will most certainly be more fun than necessary. I'm also trying to decide if I want to go shoot the Double Tap Championship this year or not. I've never shot double tap, but it looks like a really good time.

My son is shopping for his HS class ring, my daughter is being 14 and rather dramatic about the whole thing and work has been kicking my ass. There's a reason they don't let me carry a gun at work.

My Grandparents' house is almost sold and that will take care of the last of the trust execution for me. This was a very long year. I lost three grandparents and most of my belief that the average person isn't stupid. It was Einstein that said, "Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity; and I'm not sure about the universe." This last election certainly proved that.

And Obama? Oh God, what is he about to do? He ran on change, but I don't think that the 52% knew what he meant. He really believes he can spend the country out of debt. He made so many promises, most of which he's already broken...no lobbyists, open legislative process, bi-partisanship, no more "politics of fear."

I've been out of the loop for a while, but I'm watching the news again and trying to find interesting things to say.

By the way, go to No Stimulus and make your voice heard. This obamanation is on it's way to the white house. We may not be able to stop it, but we can raise our voices in protest.