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Sunday, July 24, 2016

Imbecile on the Throne; Day at the Range

Imbecile.

Yes, imbecile. That wonderful word, "imbecile," was the one that came into mind as I watched the press conference in which President Obama reacted to the butchery in Bavaria. At a moment when the world was, again, recoiling in horror over another mass killing (yes, by a practitioner of the Religion of Peace), Obama, almost incredibly, managed to make it about himself. He had his trademark aloofness, careful, slow-paced deliberate pronunciation, his phony "don't panic" demeanor PLUS a joke, yes, a joke, about his daughter leaving home for college, seemingly equating his "pain" at seeing his daughter leave the nest with the genuine pain felt by the families of the Munich victims.

Disgusting.

If we assume Obama's not cheering for the other side--a big assumption--then we must conclude that this President is the most tone-deaf, self-absorbed, clueless wreck of a man ever to hold the office.

Or, maybe he's just an imbecile.

Turning to something more pleasant than Obama, I would note that yesterday was Saturday. It was a spectacularly beautiful Saturday with the sort of bright sunshine that almost makes it worthwhile to live in California.

I loaded up the truck with a few guns--Kimber .45, Colt 1911, and the just purchased S&W 686--and a few boxes of ammo. My son and I drove down to Temecula to pick up his gun, and start the paperwork and the ten-day clock on the Remington 870 I had ordered a few days ago from Faith Armory. We planned to collect his new S&W and then head for a gun range in Oceanside. The very nice people at Faith, however, clued us into a gun range down in Poway which they said was spectacular. I can never pass up on "spectacular" gun ranges--some of the best I ever saw were in Guatemala--and so we headed off to Poway.

The folks at Faith weren't kidding. The Poway Weapons and Gear Range lived up to the billing. We walked through the doors and were instantly transported to some place far, far away from nanny progressive state California--a temple to the Second Amendment. Lots of very nice people buying, selling, carrying, and, ABOVE ALL, talking guns. Heaven. I instantly became a member of the club.

We were given our lane assignments in a well-maintained and tightly supervised high-tech range, and proceeded to blast away. My son proved very adept with his new 9mm; I was impressed by how well he shot it straight out of the box. His girlfriend didn't do badly at all, either, considering this was her first time shooting. By the way, every woman should know how to do three things: jump start a car, change a tire, and shoot a gun. There, my advice for a healthy life. You're welcome.

I hadn't shot in some time and--alas!--it showed. I had reverted to my bad old custom of grouping high and left. By the end of the day, I had corrected it somewhat, but still . . . sigh . . . age.

The 686 was a lot of fun to shoot. I love revolvers; there is something old school, regal and reliable about them. I, however, also enjoyed the two .45s. There is nothing quite like the bark of the .45 round. The Kimber, by the way, is an exceptionally accurate piece of hardware; its only drawback is that it's made in New York. They really should move to some place more Second Amendment friendly.

Anyhow, a good day, and one which got me away from watching the news shows, and the imbeciles who star in them.

25 comments:

  1. Been a member at a rather nice range here in the Delmarva peninsula for 5 years or so. A few weeks ago we spent a week in Nevada at Front Sight. The wife took the 4 day handgun course, my son and I did rifle. She left an absolute tyro and came back fairly accomplished. Now a visit to the range is a once every three weeks or so thing. Her favorite is a little Sig in .380. Sort of a mini 1911.
    Time on the range is always well spent.

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  2. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3705823/Machete-wielding-attacker-kills-woman-injures-two-new-German-outrage.html

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  3. Kimber started out as "Kimber of Oregon" just about 2 miles from me, but acquisitions ended up with the company in NY. I just bought a Kimber Solo 9mm as a carry pistol. Unlawful to own in Kalistan. Wonderful 1911 hybrid. Fantastic trigger but very snappy shooting 9mm +P ammo which is its recommended diet. I have finally gotten to the point where I am carrying routinely. I have to say that I am still very uncomfortable. I constantly am reminded of the presence of the pistol, and concerned about exposing it, even though I have taken great care in how it is concealed. My friend who has carried for years says it gets better, like getting used to wearing a watch.

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    1. I Just started carrying after a permit hiatus of 16 years. I never actually carried concealed on me. Just for carrying in vehicle. anyway, I for the first couple of times, carried little single stack nine inside the waistband with just a T shirt on. But still, I was nervous. However, what an incentive for situational awareness! I like that! I got blindsided once by some idiot, and have felt almost embarrassed by that incident. I did however get a fair straight right to the nose before he beat feet. The cops never found him, even with a plate number by a witness. Realized later that I had the 66 in the glove box. But there you go. I actually had an illegal gun there (no permit then), but didn't recall it was there, or care. Situational awareness would have prevented this incident.

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  4. Any discussion of TUrkey forthcoming?

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    1. Hear hear! Article on turkey
      leaperman

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  5. I've been to the range in Oceanside, but not the one in Poway. Oceanside's is a far cry from what we do here in northern Nevada -- drive into the hills a little way and set up a target with no one to tell us when or what we can shoot. But for California, the Oceanside range is good.

    As for carry, I have settled on a Walther PPK. I don't like the .380 cartridge -- too weak for my taste -- but my .40 is just too heavy and hard to keep concealed under a thin shirt. So my attitude is "better a small cartridge in a pistol carried all the time than a large one in a pistol only carried when heavy clothing will conceal it."

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    1. Loved Reno for that, nice to drive two miles, self-setup shooting range... the BLM guys who rarely patrol are quite friendly too.

      - reader #1482

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  6. Where I live(up here in Orygun), I go to an abandoned rock quarry, where we are left alone and can shoot what we like. Been shooting there for around 20 years, and the only casualties are the targets, including some of my steel plate collection. For carry, I like the simplicity and reliability of the Ruger LCR. Only a .38+P, but it would ruin the day of most any bad guy. Still, one of may favorite pieces is my 1st gun, a Browning Hi-Power. Lovely.

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    1. My great-uncle was a Chindit and I was honoured to inherit his 9 mm Hi Power that saw him through the Burma campaign and his venerable Webley and Scott .22 backup pistol. They are the only pistols I have ever owned or carried. Neither ever failed me , unlike my military issue Star 9mm. My RSM suggested that hopefully I would be able to beat an enemy to death with it and steal his Makarov...I quietly carried my Browning in my issue canvas holster - nobody noticed except him. Bad times. Good firearms.

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    2. My father liberated two wonderful French sporting guns from a German soldier. Each had three barrels: two shotgun, one rifle.

      In '45 a deal was offered; married soldiers could go home to their wives quickly but they had to leave almost all their stuff behind in Germany. And so he parted with his guns. Nor did he bring home his pistol.

      I'm not sure it really mattered: after The War he never seems to have shot again, except to teach us to shoot. War might reasonably have that effect on people.

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    3. My grand uncle was also a Chindit--13th Bn King's Liverpool. Did not survive the 1943 expedition. Got very little of his gear apart from a cap badge and kit bag brass plate.

      How times change. My dad flew back to the US in the early 50s from Berlin with a couple of Lugers in his overcoat pockets.

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  7. nineteen seconds to see the traitor Obama is.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=13&v=YfRtbIQ1kTw

    leaperman

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    1. Is this analysis and except supposedly from the actual speech incorrect?
      http://www.snopes.com/politics/obama/quotes/obamaworldorder.asp

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    2. oh oh! I made a lame stream media mistake.

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    3. Anon.@July 24/6:39PM

      Snopes has been shown to be nothing but a tool for the liberal left again and again.

      They have NO credibility...

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    4. This particular response doesn't require the credibility of the author, it points to original transcripts from which the 19-second clip was spliced together. If it's wrong, that's fine, but it shoudl be debunked, not tossed by association.

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  8. I thought Tom Kratman's article on the Turkish coup and subsequent countercoup/purge perceptive. Most likely explanation is Erdogan learned of it beforehand and then goaded them into striking before they were ready while he was safely out of the way but poised for a quick return with a long list of people who will be missed. Darn near everyone in the Turkish Army above the rank of Captain; thousand of prosecutors and judges and secular teachers. Kemalist secular Turkey is over and so is Turkish democracy as anything but a rubber stamp for a new Islamic republic. Erdogan has reached his stop and he's kicking everybody else off the bus.

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    1. Yep. and he just did another one about turkey.

      http://www.everyjoe.com/2016/07/25/politics/helpful-notes-patriotic-turkish-general-officers/

      leaperman

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  9. I live in Poway and haven't yet made a trip to one of the local ranges. I need to get off my butt and do that finally. It would be great to say hi and offer a hearty thank you for your posts and service if you happen to make the trip to Poway again some time.

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  10. Recoil therapy is always fun and a good stress reliever. Don't forget the speedloaders for the 686. Sounds like your new range is very nice. Stock up on buckshot for the 12 gauge.

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  11. "If we assume Obama's not cheering for the other side--a big assumption--then we must conclude that this President is the most tone-deaf, self-absorbed, clueless wreck of a man ever to hold the office."

    His mother was a self-centered woman. Not second-to-none, but a standard deviation to the left side of the bell curve on the Me scale. Until she was nearly 40, various parties (her mother, her father, her 2d husband) busied themselves cleaning up after her. His father appears to have been a congenial companion to the likes of Neil Abercrombie and at least aspired to be a river to his cousins, but was appalling in most settings.

    Both Barack and Mooch have had a simulacrum of an adult life rather than the real thing, at least as regards their affairs outside the house. From 1991 to 2008 had 4 or 5 different posts and received large raises when her husband landed a subcommittee chairmanship of interest to her employer and when he was elected to Congress. What skill set she brought to the table for these positions is a mystery. She'd allowed her law license to lapse in 1993, so it likely wasn't that. The positions she held after 1995 had something to do with the diversity racket. Otherwise, the observer is baffled about what she did all day.

    Now look at her husband. Although he graduated from law school with honors, it took him two years to assemble full-time work. Prorating seasonal and part-time labor, he's likely spent about 4 years working in law offices ('ere he allowed his license to lapse) and about 5 as a teacher at the University of Chicago Law School (during which time his scholarly publications were nil). In two decades in public office, he's a recognized expert in no area of policy. Mooch had wanted him in 2000 to land a then-open position as director of the Joyce Foundation, which promised a six-figure salary to distribute the endowment's income to favored clientele, and quit the legislature, but he blew the interview.
    Why he was considered for the post is a matter of conjecture. Perhaps in the non-profit blob, having run the Chicago Annenberg Challenge into the ground counts as a credential.

    He never had a competitive race for the legislature, he was stomped flat by Bobby Rush when he first ran for Congress, during his second run for Congress not one but two opponents saw briefings from their divorce proceedings published, and a mess of financial institutions were revealed to be insolvent smack in the middle of his 3d campaign.

    Maybe what keeps them together is the realization that they are unique and uniquely bereft of actual accomplishment among those who would be thought of as their peers.

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    1. ... and yet we're to believe that Donald Trump doesn't have the 'experience' to run the white house?
      Oh wait... we've shifted.. it's now about 'temperament'...

      - reader #1482

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  12. A 1911 caliber you might really love is the 0,38 Super Colt,like a .357 with 10 rounds . For ,speed , range and hit ,try a Model 57 or 58 in .41 magnum. Engine blocks will fear you .

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