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Monday, December 31, 2018

The Year

OK. Another year is about to expire.

And? What did we learn?

Re politics, we seem stuck in a tiresome film loop with MSNBC, NYT, WaPo, CNN, et al, breathlessly announcing every couple of weeks that President Trump is finished, that a new revelation is about to emerge from the investigation by Don Quixote, er, I mean, Robert Mueller that will put Trump and his supporters in prison for years . . . Yawn! How much more of this nonsense? Time to put up or shut up.

The Dems got back the House, which is very bad news for the possibility of serious government in the coming two years, but they were more than stymied in the Senate, despite some clear voter fraud.  I suppose we're in for two years of non-stop House subpoenas and "investigations," blather about Dreamers, Diversity, the Climate, and, of course, gun control. The GOP House leadership proved, by and large, miserable SOBs, who would rather give control back to the Dems, than further the President's agenda, the agenda for whom the people, defined as American citizens, voted. The failures to scrap Obamacare, and to begin building the much-needed border wall proved simply outrageous and unforgivable.

Brexit continues to be a mess entirely of May's doing. I guess she just wasn't convinced that when the British people said they wanted out, they wanted out. She and her alleged Tories sold out the British position in some absurd negotiations with the EU. The Brits had the upper-hand! They held all the Aces, Kings, Queens, Jacks, and Jokers! The EU had nuthin'. I hope that Britain can just tell the EU to get stuffed and walk away; forget about May's deal. If the Brits walk, others will soon follow, and that whole absurd house of cards will come crashing down. Good riddance!

The economy? Well, it's doing pretty well, very well, in fact . . . well, as long as we can continue to ignore the looming debt crisis . . . but we've ignored it for 75 years, so here's to another 75! It's clear to me that there are evil political forces, call them Deep State, Globalists, Uniparty, Communists, whatever you want, working to sabotage the economy in the hopes of destroying Trump. Some of the actions by the Fed are inexplicable otherwise.

And, of course, turning the subject to me, I note that my weapon collection grew notably this past year. Glock 17, SiG P320, several new S&W pieces (including the greatest rifle of all time, the AR-15), a Ruger .22 and a .45, a 1900 Portuguese cavalry sword (made in Toledo, Spain) and an 1850 North Carolina Catawba County musket, were among those artifacts joining the Great Diplomad Arsenal of Freedom. At the risk of provoking great wrath and turning this post into a gun debate, I found the Glock and the SiG mildly disappointing. I thought they both had inferior grips to the S&W M&P 2.0, and while their triggers were marginally better than the S&W's that did not compensate for the grip. That S&W M&P 2.0 in 9mm is just about the most accurate gun I have fired in my life. A beautiful piece of work. I took it to the range yesterday and this morning and was knocking the center out of the target consistently at 3, 5, 7, 10,  and 15 yards. OK, enough of that. Did I tell you that I shot my new M&P 2.0 in 9mm? Huh? Oh, sorry. It's the age.

As habitual readers will know, I don't do New Year Resolutions. They are too depressing. I hardly even do New Year. I, however, will engage in my traditional walk onto the driveway and watch my cars depreciate. That's what passes for excitement these days.

Anyhow, Happy New Year to one and all--well, maybe not to Mueller, but everybody else, well maybe not to Pelosi or Schumer, but to everybody else, well, maybe not to . . . . Did I tell you about my M&P?  

25 comments:

  1. Guns, pah! We went to dinner one New Year, and as we entered our hosts' house we pushed our brollies into his stand, beside a couple of walking-sticks. "What I've always wanted" I remarked, "is a sword-stick". At which, he produced one from his brolly stand.

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  2. Happy New Year to all. It's going to be a bumpy ride.

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  3. Happy New Year!

    Keep your powder dry.

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  4. I'd put money on Democrats delivering the wall where the GOP couldn't.
    Why? Because up is down, right is left, tolerance is anger, and academic is ignorance. It couldn't make *less* sense, so it is bound to happen.

    - reader #1482

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  5. Happy New Year!!

    Don’t forget aftermarket grips can make a world of difference!

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  6. M&P 15s are rather well made rifles. I don't like the grip angle on Glocks, but I have always liked S&W semiautos. Have you tried an HK?

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    1. Yes. I like the H&K, just a bit overpriced. The M&P 15 is superb. I think that for the money it's the best 15 out there. My son, however, swears by his Ruger AR-556 (made in North Carolina!) which looks very similar to the S&W 15 and is similarly priced and which I haven't yet tried.

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  7. Indian medical student kicked out of college by racist white professors for questioning their SJW beliefs

    Kieran Ravi Bhattacharya was a medical student at the University of Virginia and he has been kicked out after having questioned his white college professor's SJW beliefs.

    Here is the audio of the lecture where he questioned his professor's SJW beliefs:

    https://m.soundcloud.com/user-381804527/microagressions-presented-by-amwa

    He speaks from 28:45 to 34:00

    Here is the audio of the suspension hearing:

    https://m.soundcloud.com/user-381804527/asac

    Here is a picture of the people who were at the suspension hearing:

    https://imgur.com/a/RUvKXNH

    Notice how 14 out of the 16 people at that suspension hearing are white people. If this is not an act of racism against a sincere indian medical student, then I don't know what is. Look at their smug arrogant faces as they kick him out for DARING to question their SJW beliefs.

    His twitter is https://twitter.com/kieranravib if you want to ask him questions or set up an interview with him

    Already the media is beginning to cover it: https://beforeitsnews.com/v3/opinion-conservative/2018/3421928.html

    https://cloverchronicle.com/2018/12/29/university-of-virginia-med-student-receives-1-year-suspension-after-microaggressions-lecture/

    It has been discussed endlessly on Reddit, 4chan, and various message boards. This is THE next big story. So if you run this story on your blog, it will serve to draw a lot of traffic to your blog as well. The story will expose the truth about how our univerisites are SJW and communist indoctrination centers.

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  8. Paul Ryan went home to Wisconsin to be with his family ... and, by February, will likely be back in DC as an ultra-high-priced lobbyist. Soo predictable ... His parting shot was not funding Homeland Security. Imagine him as our VP?

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  9. Diplomad,
    You alluded to this very subject in a blog post elsewhere a few weeks ago.
    https://www.theamericanconservative.com/dreher/learning-from-the-spanish-civil-war/

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    1. Good article, thanks..

      - reader #1482

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  10. I love my Browning High Power 9mm made in Belgium. It was made for a Canadian police force and has slide sights. The most accurate gun I have ever owned. If you can find one, buy it. A gunsmith tried to buy it from me twenty years ago and offered me just over a thousand dollars. I said no. Happy New Year!

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  11. "High Power 9mm": I ask from ignorance. How can a pistol be "High Power"? Wouldn't that be a function of the ammunition?

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    1. The Browning "Hi-Power" is a model name for a 9mm single action pistol developed by John Browning, and produced for police and military by FN and others in the 1930's on through I believe the 2000's.The pistol featured a double stack magazine giving the pistol 13 round capacity which for the era was significant, and "More powerful" than other 9mm pistols of the time.

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    2. Ta. When I was a lad my father had some ammunition he referred to as "high velocity American". I suppose it would have let me shoot the Russian paratroopers at a higher altitude.

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    3. To add to Salvorhardin's good info, it was originally the Grande Puissance or GP, because it was built in Herstal, in the French-speaking part of Belgium. To me, Hi-Power sounds much more powerful than Grande Puissance, but I'm not a Francophone or -phile.

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  12. Later this month, I shall be buying an M&P 15-22. A very fun gun to shoot!

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  13. New to me guns this year: A new Springfield MilSpec 1911 (blue, wood grips) and a 50-yr old S&W Model 28-2, the Highway Patrolman, .357 mag, 6 in barrel. The 28 is a dream to shoot. They don't make 'em like that anymore.

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  14. Ah! the .357 Mag Highway Patrolman! I have one with a 4" barrel my dad bought in the late 1950s; it was the one I took with me to Guyana, Pakistan, and Guatemala. Still have it. I don't know how many thousands of .357 and .38 Special rounds have gone through the beast, and yet it looks and works beautifully to this day. Took it to the range last week. You're right: Nobody makes them like that anymore.

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  15. The Highway Patrolman is a most excellent firearm.

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  16. Pity that NC is not a class 3 state

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