Notes From HPS

BY Herschel Smith
8 years, 10 months ago

David Codrea:

“At Nouria Energy, our employees are our most cherished assets,” they unctuously proclaim on their website home page. “Their safety and the safety of our customers is priority number one.”

Somehow, the immortal line spoken by John Vernon in “The Outlaw Josey Wales” comes to mind.

It’s like this for ever company that prohibits its employees from bringing weapons to work, as if security is enough to keep people safe.  And David gets big style-bonus-points for quoting from Outlaw Josey Wales.

Illinois legislators are touring the sites of Rock River Arms, Armalite and Springfield Armory.  What’s going on?  Are we about to see more defections from the North, or are these manufacturers just jumping for all the largesse they can get?  Come to the South, boys, where both the weather and people are more inviting.

Uncle is smoking some strange weed.

Revolvers are obsolete. Oh, they’re fun to shoot. I like shooting them. And they’re fantastic as a hobby gun. I’ve only ever owned two (one was given to me) because auto loaders are just superior.

Uh, you better rethink that one boy.  I have a Springfield Armory and S&W polymer frame pistol, and I’ve never been a fan of the boxy look of Glocks, so I’ll pick on Glocks.  So who out there is thinking, “Boy, I’m sure proud of my scratched up, beaten up, plastic pistol that I can turn over to my sons and he can turn over to his sons?”  If you’re out there, keep it to yourself because it would be embarrassing for you.

On the other hand, as the comments to Uncle’s post point out, if revolvers are so outmoded then they should be cheaper.  They’re not, and for good reason.  I’d rather have a good revolver in my hands when the shots count than anything else.  They are more fun to shoot, they’re prettier, they’re more reliable, and I will indeed turn over my revolvers to my sons and their sons.  My polymer frame pistols are throwaway, even the pricier ones.  They will be outmoded when the revolvers are still working well.

Gabby Giffords is being honored again, this time by the military.

“Gabby continues to be a great inspiration and a role model for her community, her state, the Army, the American people and members of Congress. She cared about soldiers and their families and worked hard on their behalf,” Westphal said during a ceremony at the Pentagon Oct. 10.

As a member of Congress from January 2007 to January 2012, she “was a dynamic leader, tirelessly working to ensure that our men and women in uniform had what they needed to keep our country safe,” states her award citation, said Under Secretary of the Army Joseph W. Westphal.

What about Congressman Walter Jones, who repeatedly called attention to the immoral rules of engagement under which our men labored in Iraq and Afghanistan, especially when McChrystal took over?  Oh, I see.  Jones called attention to something that embarrassed the administration (including the gun grabbing McChrystal), while Giffords is still a shill for the philosopher-kings inside the beltway.

What this tells you is that the conversion to the dark side is almost complete.  The generals, strategists and thinkers in the armed forces have been replaced with political hacks.

So the GOP caved.  Of course they did.

At the last GOP conference meeting of the two-week government shutdown, no lawmakers went to the microphones to give their take.

Instead, after Speaker John Boehner told Republicans they had “fought the good fight,” they all rose up to offer a standing ovation. “It was one of the easiest meetings we’ve ever had,” says Representative Mick Mulvaney of South Carolina.

“I think he has strengthened his position in leadership,” Representative John Fleming says about Boehner. “He hung in there with us. He’s been reluctant to go to these fights and now that we have stood up and fought for our values and he’s been there with us, leading, I think his stock has risen tremendously. He has great security as our leader and our speaker.”

The message from Boehner and majority leader Eric Cantor was unity, with warnings not to point fingers of blame.

“Everyone in this room ran on the Republican ticket,” Cantor told colleagues.

“We all agree Obamacare is an abomination. We all agree taxes are too high. We all agree spending is too high. We all agree Washington is getting in the way of job growth. We all agree we have a real debt crisis that will cripple future generations.

Yes, and they did nothing about it.  Instead, they posed, preened and pretended, and pursued power instead of practiced principle.  It’s what they do.  If every GOP Senator had fallen in line with Ted Cruz and filibustered any spending increase until Obamacare had been defunded, it would have happened.  If the GOP House cared enough they could have stopped it all in its tracks.

But Obama didn’t move one inch because he knew the GOP would.  The GOP is to blame for every bit of this debacle.  If they never intended to finish this out – and they didn’t – they should never have started the “fight.”

As far as I’m concerned, they may as well go ahead and proclaim their fealty to Satan and publicly embrace the witchcraft of Keynesian economics.  The GOP is dead.  America as you knew it is dead.  An entitlement once delivered won’t be turned back, and there is no way to save the economic system.  It is a house of cards that will soon collapse.  And who would fear the “warnings” of Boehner and Cantor?  They’re a couple of cowards who fold like a cheap suit.

Finally, Mike Vanderboegh has a U.N. stamp worthy of its name concerning the proposed U.N. gun controls.

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  1. On October 17, 2013 at 7:30 am, Roger J said:

    Regarding the ‘revolvers are obsolete’ theme, the first gun magazine I ever purchased (in April, 1961 as I recall) contained an article by Col. Charles Askins claiming “the revolver is obsolete…like high buttoned shoes.” The Colonel, in his inimitable style, went on to describe the many points of superiority the semi-auto has over the old-fashioned revolver. He mentioned that one need only grasp securely the cylinder to prevent it from rotating and the revolver from firing (in DA mode.) An editor included a photo of an M1911 with its slide pushed hard by the defender’s hand and thus out of battery, with a caption beginning “The author neglected to mention…” I wouldn’t want to bet my life on the outcome of either maneuver.

    This debate has been going on for a long time, just like 9mm vs. .45 vs. caliber du jour. The fact that it continues is evidence that the outcome is not settled. If revolvers were really obsolete, no one would still produce them, no one would want one aside from collectors, and concealed carry of revolvers would be rare.

  2. On October 17, 2013 at 7:55 am, Paul B said:

    US has been dead for a time. The bacteria that inhabits the body is still working, but the heart has quit beating.

    As to revolvers, I like them and have some, but my allow framed autos are reliable. Although if I want bang all the time I have to be aware of ammo issues. Soft nose bullets have habit of digging into the feed ramp. Not good. That is one thing I don’t have to worry about with a revolver. Autos are a little easier to carry discreetly which is a plus in this world.

    The first rule we need to follow as it pertains to federal offices is One Term. No more.

  3. On October 17, 2013 at 9:42 am, Ozzie said:

    I lurk and read this site daily. I’m behind the knowledge curve on just about all the issues but I’m reading and applying the information as fast as possible.

    My question is ; where to now? If the GOP is compromised and subverted yet resistant to reform and the government brutally attacks any third party organization centered on reform…?

  4. On October 17, 2013 at 4:46 pm, Ned said:

    Gabby being honored again. She was OK before taking a hardball nine to the head.

    Since then, she has been trotted out by her astro-nut husband for assaults on gun owners. Kinda like Sarah Brady’s husband.

    So yeah – honor her for taking a round to the skull, which was ball ammo because the criminal asshole who shot her was, thankfully, a moron.

    Incidentally, my nephew took a round to the head while being in the wrong place while it was being robbed. He’s now working, has a family, and doesn’t blame the gun. Just like I don’t blame to car for the drunken asshole who killed my brother.

    Oh, sorry – FUCK Gabby and also Mark Giffords, (sarc on missing the Kelly part) hypocrite of the century.

    And fuck all the assholes, gun dealers, etc, who “honor” her for being shot and surviving, and support her in now trying to screw all the people who didn’t commit the crime of shooting and/or murdering folks.

  5. On October 17, 2013 at 9:33 pm, AndyN said:

    I taught my sons to shoot with the semi-auto that my dad taught me to shoot with. I never thought of it in terms of pride, but yeah, I’ll be pretty tickled when one day my grandkids are the third generation to learn on the same gun.

  6. On October 18, 2013 at 5:09 am, Mr Evilwrench said:

    Only pistol I got from my dad (in fact the only one he had) was a Ruger MkI, but that’s neither here nor there. Been looking a bit at .357s lately, just to round out the arsenal, even though it would get me into a couple more calibers.

    Those manufacturers could move south, that’d be nice, but going one state to the right would be a shorter drive, plus we have a lot of manufacturing people and floor space available.

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