Sarah Palin knows how old the Chinese gymnasts are.

calendar   Monday - April 27, 2009

They Never Stop Trying

These gun hating leftist Socialists are just like the Swiney Hini flu. They don’t quit. Ever. And when they lose in the legislature they try for the courts. Maybe if we had a really really big jug of Clorox ™?

N.J. Supreme Court considers limits on gun sales

The state Supreme Court will tackle gun control today when it considers whether cities and towns may enact laws limiting the sale of firearms.

The justices will hear arguments on Jersey’s City’s attempt to limit handgun purchases to one per month. An appeals court last fall overturned the 2006 ordinance, saying the city had overstepped its bounds because state law already monitors those sales.

How many times have we seen this in Philadelphia and other cities? And it always gets shot down. It’s all about the power, man. No state is going to let one of it’s cities make their own laws that contravene state laws. Not even New Jersey.

The lower court said municipal governments don’t have the power “to act in the field of firearm regulation and control.” New Jersey residents need a permit to buy handguns, but state law does not limit how many permits a person may request.

New York is the only city with a handgun purchase limit—one every 90 days. The city also prohibits purchases of more than one rifle or shotgun every 90 days.

Jersey City Mayor Jerramiah Healy said towns and cities should be allowed to set their own laws, adding that he and New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg decided to establish local laws that would be a “good start in the right direction at stanching the flow of illegal handguns.”

Healy said the biggest problem in Jersey City is “straw purchasers,” those with clean records who buy guns for gang members.

  1. New York City is in violation of NY state law. It just hasn’t been through the court system yet. And Bloomberg is the anti-christ.
  2. Would you knock off the bullshit please? Firearms purchased by permit holders are not illegal. And if there is actual straw purchasing going on, SHOW ME THE NUMBERS. The whole damn thing is computerized; hit the databases and produce the evidence. Or else STFU already.
  3. There is no state law that prohibits a purchase permit holder from purchasing a gun anywhere in the state that they want to. So a city resident can go out of the city and shop if they feel like it.
  4. Pushing through a law that denies a person a right because of where they live is grossly unconstitutional. Automatic FAIL.

Scott Bach, president of the Association of New Jersey Rifle & Pistol Clubs, which is involved in the case, said restricting purchases within a city or state’s limits will not prevent criminals from buying handguns out of state.

He said most gang members are less likely to go through the strict permitting process that’s required for legal gun purchases in the state.

“The notion that criminals and their surrogates submit to police fingerprinting and background investigations, wait six months for permits, only to turn around and sell them illegally is absurd,” Bach wrote in an e-mail.

No shit, Sherlock. NO gang member or previously convicted criminal purchases a firearm legally. They are ALL STOLEN. Geez.

While the Supreme Court decides a town’s right to enact such a law, lawmakers in Trenton are debating its merits. A bill (A339) to limit handgun purchases to one every 30 days—with the exception of retailers and collectors—stalled in the Senate earlier this year, after passing the Assembly.

Damn straight Skippy. And that fight was led by my representative, Senator Marcia Karrow. Yay Marcia!!

But lawmakers who represent gun enthusiasts said such a law would curtail Second Amendment rights. State Sen. Marcia Karrow (R-Hunterdon) said she has constituents who buy more than one gun at a time in New Jersey because it can take months to get a permit cleared.

“I have constituents who wait over 90 days for permits,” Karrow said.

See, I told ya. Sic ‘em Marcia!

Craig Levine, a lawyer for the New Jersey Institute of Justice, also involved in the case, said Jersey City’s ordinance—or a statewide law—would really mean that a person could buy 13 guns per year.

“What does someone need that many handguns for, other than to sell them out of the trunk of their car?” said Levine.

Suck my ass Levine. “Need” has nothing to do with it. It’s my RIGHT. So bugger off.

The state issued more than 33,600 handgun permits in 2008, said State Police Sgt. Stephen Jones. But Jones said that’s not the actual number of handguns bought last year, because permits could have expired before some could make a purchase.

Tell me about it. This is why I went out and found another SP101 3” for my wife this weekend. Her permit was running down. Awww, His ‘N Hers matching guns.

The left just does not let up. Ever. It doesn’t matter how many times their stupid ideas get shot down, they keep coming back. That’s the “reality based” community for you: they will never stop trying to impose their Marxist Fantasy onto actual reality.


Posted by Drew458   United States  on 04/27/2009 at 10:19 AM   
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EU judges want Sharia law applied in British courts.  I think it’s a false alarm BUT …

I can’t think this bit of lunacy has a chance of passing muster. Can you?  I mean come on.  Even these these people will begin to see how ridiculous and unworkable this would be.  Or, would it?

The reason for posting this short piece is not just to highlight Moonbattery.  It shows us how lightly something called national sovereignty is held by far too many.  Oh sure, some politician in some eu member country will sit down and write legislation for a country he or she isn’t even a citizen of.  Easy thing to their way of thinking as they are not citizens of France or England or Germany.  No.  They are citizens of the EU now.  See how that works?

I really do not think this will travel just because this particular judge thinks it should. I think it’ll be ignored EXCEPT .... unless I am very much mistaken sharia already exists here in some form for domestic issues.  But not because some EU judge deemed it should be so. 
Which doesn’t make things any better. Does It?

Americans can be thankful we’re (well you guys are) located in a place not attached to Europe.  For now anyway.  But hey, keep your eye on Barry America.

EU judges want Sharia law applied in British courts
Last updated at 8:01 AM on 27th April 2009

Controversial: An EU plan is calling for family courts across Europe to hear cases using the laws of whichever country the couple involved have close links to

Judges could be forced to bow to Sharia law in some divorce cases heard in Britain.

An EU plan calls for family courts across Europe to hear cases using the laws of whichever country the couple involved have close links to.

That could mean a court in England handling a case within the French legal framework, or even applying the laws of Saudi Arabia to a husband and wife living in Britain.

The Centre for Social Justice think tank today attacked the so-called Rome III reform as ludicrous.

It warned it would slow down cases, increase costs and lead to unjust results.
However, in a report it says existing arrangements are ‘anti-family’.

Currently, a couple from different EU states can have their divorce heard in the first country where one of them files divorce papers.

Because different states offer varying financial advantages to spouses in terms of division of wealth, the resulting ‘race to court’ in the best jurisdiction discourages couples from trying to save their marriage, it says.

The report calls for a simpler solution, with each country applying its own laws and cases being heard in the country where the couple have the closest connection.

At least nine EU states - not including the UK - are said to want to push ahead with the Rome III plan.



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PIRATE UPDATE ……..  just time for a very quick post here.

I posted that yesterday ....

An Italian cruise ship used guns and a firehose to beat off an attack by pirates off the east African coast, the vessel’s captain said on Sunday. Skip related content

Well ... just seen this morning’s news London time.


Shouldda known!

Later ..


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calendar   Sunday - April 26, 2009

Swine Flu

What the HELL does Fox News Mean By This????

Fox News does a Q & A post on the swine flu:

Q. Is the same swine flu virus making people sick in Mexico and the U.S.?

A. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said the Mexican virus samples match the U.S. virus. The virus is a mix of human virus, bird virus from North America and pig viruses from North America, Europe and Asia.

A COMBINATION ? ?? ???? Are they saying this is an engineered virus? WTF? Trying to spread a panic here? Somebody ought to get flogged. And then fired.

I checked with CDC and they say nothing of the sort:

Swine Influenza (Flu)

Swine Influenza (swine flu) is a respiratory disease of pigs caused by type A influenza that regularly cause outbreaks of influenza among pigs. Swine flu viruses do not normally infect humans, however, human infections with swine flu do occur, and cases of human-to-human spread of swine flu viruses has been documented. See General Information about Swine Flu.

From December 2005 through February 2009, a total of 12 human infections with swine influenza were reported from 10 states in the United States. Since March 2009, a number of confirmed human cases of a new strain of swine influenza A (H1N1) virus infection in the U.S. and internationally have been identified. An investigation into these cases is ongoing. For more information see Human Swine Flu Investigation.

H1N1 ... HINI ... soon to be called Heinie, I’m sure.

More from CDC: Residents of States with Swine Influenza Cases

CDC has identified human cases of swine influenza A (H1N1) virus infection in people in the U.S. CDC is working with local and state health agencies to investigate these cases. We have determined that this virus is contagious and is spreading from human to human. However, at this time, we have not determined how easily the virus spreads between people. As with any infectious disease, we are recommending precautionary measures for people residing in these areas.

* Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it.
* Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after you cough or sneeze. Alcohol-based hands cleaners are also effective.
* Try to avoid close contact with sick people.
* If you get sick, CDC recommends that you stay home from work or school and limit contact with others to keep from infecting them.
* Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth. Germs spread that way.

There is no vaccine available at this time, so it is important for people living in these areas to take steps to prevent spreading the virus to others. If people are ill, they should attempt to stay at home and limit contact with others. Healthy residents living in these areas should take everyday preventive actions.

People who live in these areas who develop an illness with fever and respiratory symptoms, such as cough and runny nose, and possibly other symptoms, such as body aches, nausea, or vomiting or diarrhea, should contact their health care provider. Their health care provider will determine whether influenza testing is needed.

And MORE from CDC, some Q&A:

Is this swine flu virus contagious?
CDC has determined that this swine influenza A (H1N1) virus is contagious and is spreading from human to human. However, at this time, it not known how easily the virus spreads between people.

What are the signs and symptoms of swine flu in people?
The symptoms of swine flu in people are similar to the symptoms of regular human flu and include fever, cough, sore throat, body aches, headache, chills and fatigue. Some people have reported diarrhea and vomiting associated with swine flu. In the past, severe illness (pneumonia and respiratory failure) and deaths have been reported with swine flu infection in people. Like seasonal flu, swine flu may cause a worsening of underlying chronic medical conditions.

How does swine flu spread?
Spread of this swine influenza A (H1N1) virus is thought to be happening in the same way that seasonal flu spreads. Flu viruses are spread mainly from person to person through coughing or sneezing of people with influenza. Sometimes people may become infected by touching something with flu viruses on it and then touching their mouth or nose.

How can someone with the flu infect someone else?
Infected people may be able to infect others beginning 1 day before symptoms develop and up to 7 or more days after becoming sick. That means that you may be able to pass on the flu to someone else before you know you are sick, as well as while you are sick.

… and finally, a little good news:

Can I get swine influenza from eating or preparing pork?
NO. Swine influenza viruses are not spread by food. You cannot get swine influenza from eating pork or pork products. Eating properly handled and cooked pork products is safe.

Well, thank God for that at least.


Posted by Drew458   United States  on 04/26/2009 at 09:58 PM   
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a dirty joke

courtesy of Rancino!

Click here and watch the video


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Open Borders Nightmare

Shut The Gates!! OOPS, too late

Swine flu fears prompt quarantine plans, pork bans

GENEVA – Canada became the third country to confirm human cases of swine flu Sunday as global health officials considered whether to raise the global pandemic alert level.

Nations from New Zealand to Spain also reported suspected cases and some warned citizens against travel to North America while others planned quarantines, tightened rules on pork imports and tested airline passengers for fevers.

Nova Scotia’s chief public health officer, Dr. Robert Strang, said the east coast Canadian province had confirmed four “very mild” cases of swine flu in students ranging in age from 12 to 17 or 18. All are recovering, he said.

“It was acquired in Mexico, brought home and spread,” Strang said.

The western province of British Columbia confirmed two further cases.

The news follows the World Health Organization’s decision Saturday to declare the outbreak first detected in Mexico and the United States a “public health emergency of international concern.”

A senior World Health Organization official said the agency’s emergency committee will meet for a second time Tuesday to examine the extent to which the virus has spread before deciding whether to increase the pandemic alert beyond phase 3.

The same strain of the A/H1N1 swine flu virus has been detected in several locations in Mexico and the United States, and it appears to be spreading directly from human to human, said Keiji Fukuda, WHO’s assistant director-general in charge of health security.

Mexico’s health minister says the disease has killed up to 86 people and likely sickened up to 1,400 since April 13. U.S. officials say the virus has been found in New York, California, Texas, Kansas and Ohio, but so far no fatalities have been reported.

Symptoms of the flu-like illness include a fever of more than 100 degrees Fahrenheit (37.8 degrees Celsius), body aches, coughing, a sore throat, respiratory congestion and, in some cases, vomiting and diarrhea.

The virus is usually contracted through direct contact with pigs, but Joseph Domenech, chief of animal health service at U.N. Food and Agriculture Agency in Rome, said all indications were that the virus is being spread through human-to-human transmission.

No vaccine specifically protects against swine flu, and it is unclear how much protection current human flu vaccines might offer.

Friggin wonderful. Guess I won’t be buying any imported chimichangas for a while. Batten down the hatches. This is going to spread to every corner of the US in a matter of days.


Sun Apr 26, 4:58 pm ET

WASHINGTON – The U.S. declared a public health emergency Sunday to deal with the emerging new swine flu, much like the government does to prepare for approaching hurricanes.

Officials reported 20 U.S. cases of swine flu in five states so far, with the latest in Ohio and New York.


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Thatha That’s all there is folks.


Posted by peiper   United Kingdom  on 04/26/2009 at 07:36 AM   
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Italian cruise ship fends off pirate attack .  BRAVO ITALY

Here’s a story just received to gladden the heart.

Just ignore the wimps and doom sayers who say weapons should not be used.  Repel em with water and, loud music (?).

Yeah well .... screw that.  Real guns beat water and kind words every time.

1 hour 3 mins ago
Reuters: Helen Nyambura-Mwaura

An Italian cruise ship used guns and a firehose to beat off an attack by pirates off the east African coast, the vessel’s captain said on Sunday. Skip related content

Commander Ciro Pinto of the MSC Melody, which has a capacity of 1,500 passengers and crew, said the ship was slightly damaged by firing from the pirates.

The ship came under attack when it was 200 miles (320 km) north of the Seychelles and 600 miles (960 km) off the Somali coast. “They started firing like crazy at the ship,” he told Italian television Skytg24.

Pinto said pistols were handed out to security staff and they opened fire on the pirates when they tried to clamber up the sides of the ship.

“They tried to put up a ladder with hooks. They were climbing up, so we reacted. We started firing. When they saw us firing—we even sprayed them with water with the firehose—they gave up and went off,” Pinto said.

The sea gang followed the Melody for another 20 minutes, firing at it all the while, Pinto said.

“The passengers meanwhile were inside the cabin. There are no injuries. Only two people with scrapes,” the captain said. “Someone slipped, fell. Just a few light scrapes.”

Although the ship’s action may have saved the Melody from capture, a Kenyan maritime official that monitors the growing piracy off Somalia said it only endangered the lives of passengers.

“Having weapons on a passenger or merchant ship is dangerous. They should have used other means to shake off the pirates, like a loud acoustic device,” said Andrew Mwangura of the Mombasa-based East African Sea Farers Assistance Programme.

He was referring to a device that can produce a deafening sound to deter pirates when directed towards their vessel.

“Only military ships should have weapons on board.”

Sea gangs have increased raids on ships passing through the Gulf of Aden and Indian Ocean since February when better weather allowed them to hijack more vessels and take more hostages despite foreign navies patrolling off Somalia.

It is not the first time that pirates have tried to seize a cruise ship, but they have always been fended off.

The London-based IMB watchdog said piracy incidents nearly doubled in the first quarter of 2009 almost entirely due to Somalia. There were 18 attacks off the Somali coast in March alone.

They have made millions of dollars from seizing ships and taking crews hostage. Pirates freed a Greek ship on Saturday after they received a $1.9 million (1.3 million pounds) ransom just hours after another ship, a German grain carrier, was grabbed in the Guld of Aden.

(Additional reporting by Antonella Ciancio in Milan; Editing by Richard Balmforth)




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Taliban gunmen shooting couple dead for adultery caught on camera.

But haven’t we been told they just need to be understood and that after all, they’re just like us aren’t they?
uh huh.  Jeesh.
I think the bastards did this just because they could and they really enjoy it.


Taliban gunmen have been filmed executing a surprised couple whom they repeatedly shot for the alleged crime of adultery.

By Saeed Shah in Islamabad
Last Updated: 5:19PM BST 25 Apr 2009

Their deaths were squalid, riddled with bullets in a field near their home by Taliban gunmen as the execution was captured on a mobile telephone.

In footage which is being watched with horror by Pakistanis, the couple try to flee when they realise what is about to happen. But a gunman casually shoots the man and then the woman in the back with a burst of gunfire, leaving them bleeding in the dirt.

Moments later, when others in the execution party shout out that they are still alive, he returns to coldly finish them with a few more rounds.

Their “crime” was an alleged affair in their remote mountain village controlled by militants in an area that was only recently under the government’s sway. It was the kind of barbarity that has become increasingly familiar across Pakistan as the Taliban tide has spread.

But this time, with black-turbaned gunmen almost at the gates of Islamabad, the rare footage has shown urban Pakistanis what could now await them.

Admiral Mike Mullen, chairman of the United States Joint Chiefs of Staff, has warned that Islamic extremists could take over the nation.

In the past few days the footage has circulated among Pakistanis who usually show little interest in the rough ways of the distant frontier regions.

They have now started to wake up to the fear that al-Qaeda-linked rebels from the frontier could take over their nation.

The killings happened in Hangu district, in North West Frontier Province, about two hours drive from the regional capital Peshawar. The punishment was administered by a local group of the Pakistani Taliban, the Islamic militia which has swept across the NWFP towards the capital Islamabad.

Last week, the Taliban had reached within 60 miles of Islamabad, in Buner district. Their takeover sparked panic in the West, which was already appalled by a peace deal that the government had signed this month with Taliban in adjacent the Swat valley.

In an extraordinary move, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, called on the people of Pakistan to defy their government, saying they “need to speak out forcefully against a policy that is ceding more and more territory to the insurgents”.

The Taliban had agreed a withdrawal, in the last couple of days, to their stronghold of Swat. That will scarcely make the government and elite in the capital Islamabad feel much safer, as Swat is only 100 miles from them.

“The Taliban are steady and confident, the government is weak and faltering,” said Pervez Hoodbhoy, a professor at Islamabad’s Quaid-e-Azam University and one of Pakistan’s leading intellectuals.

“A Taliban victory will enslave our women, destroy Pakistan’s rich historical and cultural heritage, make education and science impossible, and make the lives of its citizens impossibly difficult. Some are already contemplating an exodus.”

Pakistan today stands on a knife-edge, threatened with anarchy. The desperate deal signed with the Taliban in Swat looks set to fall apart. The result will almost certainly be violence. An army convoy heading into Swat on Saturday morning was stopped by the Taliban and forced to turn back, in a naked display of their power.

They seem to have been only emboldened by the peace agreement. Many believe that a bloody military operation now looks inevitable,

For those in areas falling under Taliban control, their harsh rule is terrifying.

An SOS text message sent out on Friday by a terrified local resident, in an area of Swat called Bahrain, says that the Taliban have established total control. Asking not be named for fear of reprisal, he said that they have set up check posts at the entrance to Bahrain, from where they kidnap those they want, including young women.

“They’ve even warned the local schools to close the girl classes or face dire consequences. Yet the government says its writ is in Swat.”

Another Swat resident said: “Every day I see armed Taliban move around freely. At the time of prayer, if they see anyone in his shop or walking about, they whip him with a stick.”

The Pakistani Taliban, a copy of the Afghan extremist movement, have long controlled the tribal area along the Afghan border, which is a sanctuary for militants, including al-Qaeda. But it is their march into the heart of the country that has horrified ordinary Pakistanis, and the wider world. And the threat comes not just from the Taliban to the west. Islamic extremists, who are not part of the Taliban, are already entrenched in Islamabad and across the Punjab, the most populous province, seemingly ready to surface when their moment comes.

Islamabad’s defences are being hurriedly fortified, with paramilitary troops stationed on the Margalla Hills, which overlook the city from the West. In the capital, there are thousands of followers of the radical Red Mosque, where there are now open calls for Islamic revolution at the weekly Friday prayers.

“The Taliban will not stop at Swat. They will come towards Islamabad,” said Hasan Askari Rizvi, a military analyst based in Lahore. “If the army is to take action against them, it is going to be a really bloody battle. And then civil government will be knocked out.”

“Extremist groups based in Islamabad will move from within and they (Taliban) will build pressure from outside.”

The footage Pakistanis have been watching shows them what they could expect.

A local journalist was invited to witness the execution, who filmed it with his mobile phone for a Pakistani channel, Dawn News. The Sunday Telegraph is showing the footage in the West for the first time.

There were no names for the two victims.

“Using the media is part of their (the Taliban’s) psychological warfare,” said Imtiaz Gul, chairman of Centre for Research and Security Studies, an independent think tank in Islamabad. “This way, they inject fear into the minds of people who might oppose them, keeping the majority silent.”

After the couple were shot, the family were told to take their bodies away for burial. The punishment was administered by a local group of the Pakistani Taliban linked to warlord Baitullah Mehsud.


Posted by peiper   United Kingdom  on 04/26/2009 at 02:39 AM   
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calendar   Saturday - April 25, 2009

Tuning the Ruger SP101, Chapter 2

Ruger Tune Up, Part 2

In which the storyteller makes several changes, and they all live happily ever after

I got the Wolff Springs in the mail today, along with the Trausch grip. And they work like a charm.

The Trausch grip is a good bit beefier than the factory grip. It seems to be made of the same kind of rubber. It’s a bit longer, a bit rounder on the back, and has a better thumb cut out on the left side. My wife, with her small hands, prefers the factory grip but could use this one if she felt like it. For me, it fits my hand perfectly, so I think I’ll keep it on.


Trausch grips are a bit bigger than the factory grips, but they’re still fairly small. They fit me perfectly

The Wolff spring kit was a breeze to install. I bought the whole kit and kaboodle, including the optional 11lb mainspring. $15 delivered or something like that. First I put in the lighter trigger return spring. I thought that was going to be a bear, what with all those little parts in the trigger assembly. And up until now the gun has been hard to take apart. Not any more. The Militec-1 treatment I did the other day has slicked up all the mating surfaces, and the few drops of TetraGun oil has done the trick. I can take this gun apart with a paper clip, and that’s exactly what I did.

You don’t have to take the trigger assembly apart to change the trigger return spring. This is the same spring who’s other end powers the assembly latch, so what you do is ... hold the trigger assembly in your left hand, rightside up with the facing left. Use your thumb and the web of your hand below your index finger to hold the latch lever, pawl lever, and transfer bar in place. Depress the assembly latch plunger about 1/16” with your left index finger. Use a paper clip to push the assembly latch plunger retaining pin out. It pushes out from the left side. Relax the pressure on the plunger and it will slide right out. Take out the spring and the trigger lever plunger on the other end too. Clean out the hole and Q-tip a little oil in there. Wipe and oil both plungers. Replace the trigger lever plunger. Replace the factory spring with the aftermarket spring. Put the assembly latch plunger back in, with the flat side up. While holding the whole trigger assembly, push this plunger in, and slide the retaining pin back in.  It actually only takes about 30 seconds to take things apart, swap springs, and put them back together again. Assemble the gun as before, and try things out ...

... and we may have a problem. The new trigger return spring is rated at 8lbs, while the factory spring is rated at 10lbs. Perhaps 9lbs would be best. With the 8lb spring, the trigger pull is very nice, lockup timing isn’t changed at all, but the trigger return is so light that you can feel each little part in the mechanism move. So it feels crunchy. And if you don’t completely let go of the trigger, it’s going to stop halfway back through the return. That’s called short stroking, and it’s not a situation you want. So take things apart again, and put the factory 10lb spring back in. Ok, now let’s try replacing the mainspring. Too easy. To take the gun apart, first you take off the grips, then you manually cock the pistol. This compresses the mainspring and lets you slide a paperclip through the hole in the mainspring bar, so when you pull the trigger the spring is locked up. And the whole assembly just falls out of the gun. To get the spring off the bar without hurting yourself or sending parts flying, you take a metal fork and slide the tines into the spring coils near the bottom. Put the nose of the mainspring bar down against a magazine on a table, and press the fork. This compresses the spring. Slide out the paperclip and gently remove the spring and it’s retainer. Put the new spring on and go through this routine in reverse. It takes about a minute, and that’s only because things are well oiled and therefore slippery.

I put the 11lb mainspring in. Put everything back together. And ... wow. Greased lightning! The trigger pull is smooth and even from one end to the other. Sure, you can still hear the parts clicking through their paces; it’s a Ruger and that’s how they are. But the pull is effortless. I don’t have a gauge, but I’d guess the double action pull was maybe 12 pounds at most. Single action is very light, maybe 3 pounds? The weight of the pistol is not enough to set it off, but it isn’t much more than that. I was able to pull the trigger nearly 200 times in a row without too much strain. Nearly double the number of pulls I could manage with the factory mainspring.

This is what you have to do with a new gun these days. The factories put in major overkill springs so that little kiddy fingers won’t be able to fire the gun, just in case. No little kiddies around here, so I get to make the gun work like it ought to. Cool.

Now it’s time to put together some ammo and see how it shoots. I’ll be taking my springs, paperclip, and a screwdriver to the range, just in case the 11lb spring isn’t enough to fire off some of the harder primers (CCI brand). According to all the Ruger forums, the 12lb spring will always work, or I could file down the face of the hammer a little to allow it more swing room so that it hits the transfer bar harder, which they say could allow me to drop the mainspring down to the 9 or 10 pound versions. We’ll see. Right now this little Ruger has a trigger that’s nicer than any I’ve ever pulled on any S&W, including a mid-60 K-38 Masterpiece. For you non-gun nuts, that means it’s damn good already.

I could also shim the trigger and the hammer, which the holy IBOK says will make things even better. But you can’t buy them. You have to make them yourself. And while I don’t care that that would cost me $15 in parts and tools, it would be a pain. So I’ll leave that project for another day. Or another lifetime.


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Green Conundrum

Blood For No Oil?

A greenie concludes that carbon caps may kill off more species than climate change. Oh Noes!!!11! What to do?

Even if we consider the impact of environmental degradation on humanity, deforestation has a more significant and immediate impact on local weather, water availability, water quality, and soil erosion than does global climate change from greenhouse gases. The roots of trees and native brush hold loose, nutrient-rich topsoils together, slowing erosion and absorbing precipitation. You can see the impact of habitat loss on local climate by poking a stick into the parched soils of the Brazilian cerrado or wandering along the boundary of the expanding Sahel Desert in Africa.

[These days] being green is all about greenhouse gases: Neighborhood moms are more apt to fret over food miles than felled forests; organic cattle farmers are more interested in offsetting the methane coming from cow burps than pondering squished tadpoles in hoof prints. Even scientists have grown bored with question of habitat loss, tweaking their grant proposals to emphasize the climate angle no matter how tenuous the connection. Saving the Amazon is so 1980s.

Climate change has the potential to displace the most impoverished human populations and bring about food shortages, flooding, and drought. But from the perspective of saving species, it’s a MacGuffin: a plot device that may impel the tired conservation narrative forward but is hardly a pragmatic strategy for preserving biodiversity. Today, environmentalists tend to describe forests as little more than “carbon sinks,” sucking carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. If you really want to conserve plants and animals, though, that may be their least significant attribute.

Well, how about that? Thanks to Doc for the link.


Posted by Drew458   United States  on 04/25/2009 at 11:51 AM   
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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 04/25/2009 at 11:37 AM   
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Pregnant mother is refused free NHS maternity dental care.  WOW. Gotta read this.

When you figure it out, let me know cause it seems way bizarre.

You would think if the woman was on NHS to begin with, and seeing she had a serious problem, somebody should have done something to help.

But I suppose people are quite busy you know. Yeah. Raising money for people who need it in OTHER COUNTRIES!

True, all ended well it appears.  But she never should have been refused considering her condition.

Pregnant mother is refused free NHS maternity dental care after staff said bump, ultrasound and doctor’s notes are NOT proof.

By Daily Mail Reporter
Last updated at 3:08 PM on 25th April 2009

A mother-to-be has been turned down for free dental treatment - because the surgery will not accept that she is expecting. 

Sarah Luisis, 27, who is five months pregnant, has been told she needs to provide more proof that she has a baby on the way.

That is despite the fact that she has a big bump, a doctor’s certificate, antenatal notes and ultrasound pictures of her unborn child.

Miss Luisis, of Hornchurch, Essex, is desperate to see a dentist after enduring weeks of agony with bleeding gums.  But the only way she can afford crucial treatment is through maternity cover from the NHS.  But the mother of one was turned away from St John’s dental practice in Romford because she did not have a Maternity Exemption Certificate.

She said: ‘I filled in a form to get the certificate when I found out I was pregnant and sent it off.  But I’ve discovered that the form was never received in Newcastle where the certificates are issued.

‘I now have to fill in another form but that could take up to four weeks to be approved.’ She added: ‘I’ve got a letter from my doctor confirming my pregnancy, my antenatal notes, ultrasound scans and I’m very big for five months anyway.  ‘You’d think that would be enough.’


Miss Luisis’s gums are so bad she wakes up with a mouth full of blood every morning and she fears she has an infection.

She has been on the waiting list to see a dentist for the past ten weeks.  ‘I was recently told that an appointment had finally become available,’ she said.

‘But it was devastating to be told I’d not be treated because I didn’t have the Maternity Exemption Certificate proving that I’m pregnant.’

The part-time admin worker says she cannot afford the £40 fee for the initial appointment, and the cost of further treatment could run into hundreds of pounds.

A spokesman for the dental surgery said: ‘This is not our policy. It comes from the health authority.

‘The PCT have said to us, “We will not pay you if you don’t have this information”.

‘It’s not up to us, and we used to take people’s word.’ In statement today, Miss Luisis said: ‘I am a UK tax/national insurance payer who works full time and already supports one child.  ‘I am more than capable of paying for my own child when its born as I have plans in place for child care and I intend on going back to work shortly after.

‘People seem to of missed my point entirely, its not a case of being able to afford treatment, its the principle. I am entitled to it so why am I being refused?

‘I was never advised I could claim it back. The option I was given was, go private or we wont see you.

‘Who knows what the treatment may of come to; £40 was to be seen, not for treatment.

‘People are forgetting the current climate, my partner is self-employed and his work is suffering, everyone is struggling it doesn’t mean we cant afford a baby but it does mean that we don’t have ‘spare’ money to pay for something I shouldn’t have to.’

She added: ‘Hainault Gentle Dental Care have now offered to see me without my Maternity Exemption Certificate.’



Posted by peiper   United Kingdom  on 04/25/2009 at 11:07 AM   
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Barack Obama to release up to 2,000 photographs of prisoner abuse . gee, thanks.

What the heck is the point of this? Oh, Europe will love him I’m sure.

Far as I’m concerned, it’s a clear STAB in the back to America and our armed forces.
Aside from sucking up to the destructive left, what good can possibly come from this move? 
I really can’t see any.  Can anyone else?

Must be a bunch of very angry right wingers (like meself) just boiling mad about now. RCOB, indeed.  Nothin’ quite as much fun as opening old wounds. Is there Barry?

General David Petraeus ordered that all 2,000 photographs be released to keep from “dragging this issue out forever”.

ET TU General?

President Barack Obama is to release up to 2,000 photographs of alleged abuse at American prisons in Iraq and Afghanistan in a move which will reignite the scandal surrounding Abu Ghraib prison in 2004.

By Toby Harnden in Washington
Last Updated: 12:11PM BST 25 Apr 2009

The decision to make public the images sought in a legal action by the American Civil Liberties Union comes amid a political firestorm over alleged torture of detainees under President George W. Bush.

Some of the photographs, which will be released before May 28, are said to show American service personnel humiliating prisoners, according to officials.

The images relate to more than 400 separate cases involving alleged prisoner abuse between 2001 and 2005.

Descriptions of some of the alleged abuse photographs include:

* A prisoner pushed up against a wall as military guards or interrogators appear to threaten to sexually assault him with a broomstick

* Female soldiers posing with hooded, shackled prisoners who were stripped naked

* Hooded prisoners on transport planes with Playboy magazines opened to pictures of nude women on their laps

The administration initially planned to release only the 21 photos sought by the ACLU, but General David Petraeus ordered that all 2,000 photographs be released to keep from “dragging this issue out forever”.

The Pentagon fears a backlash in the Middle East similar to the one provoked by pictures from Abu Ghraib prison, near Baghdad, in 2004 which became emblematic of American mistakes in Iraq.

Amrit Singh, an ACLU lawyer, said that “these photographs provide visual proof that prisoner abuse by US personnel was not aberrational but widespread, reaching far beyond the walls of Abu Ghraib”.

The Bush administration had resisted releasing the images to the public, contending that the disclosure would fuel anti-American feeling and violate US obligations towards prisoners under the Geneva Conventions. Several people have already been tried at courts martial for using guns to threaten detainees in cases connected to the photographs.

Mr Obama’s decision could undercut his struggle to persuade Congress not to institute a “truth commission” to investigate alleged prisoner abuse and force former Bush administration officials to testify and account for their actions and advice.

Momentum for a major public inquiry was dramatically increased when Mr Obama released four memos last week written by three officials from Mr Bush’s Justice Department.

Running to 126 pages, they contained the legal rationale for the CIA’s methods of extracting information from al-Qaeda suspects used between 2002 and 2005.

The methods, eventually prohibited by the Bush administration, included sleep deprivation for up to 11 days, forced nudity and stress positions as well as “waterboarding”, a form of simulated drowning in which “water is continuously applied from a height of 12 to 24 inches” for “20 to 40 seconds”.

In the memos, it was revealed that the waterboarding technique had been used 266 times on Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and Abu Zubaydah, two senior al-Qaeda prisoners.

Other possible disclosures as a result of the ACLU legal action include transcripts of prisoner interrogations, a secret CIA inspector general’s report and materials from a Justice Department investigation into detainee abuse.

The Obama administration, under fierce pressure from the Left and some congressional Democrats, faces a tough decision about whether to release the information in full, redact parts of it or continue the Bush administration’s court battle to keep it secret.

Mr Obama’s decision to release the four memos came after the most divisive argument yet in his young administration, which passes the landmark of 100 days next Wednesday.

He was opposed by Leon Panetta, his CIA chief, who argued for redactions of key passages, and John Brennan, a former senior CIA official who is now the top counter-terrorism adviser at the White House.

The most enthusiastic support for the release came from Eric Holder, Mr Obama’s attorney general and the man who will decide whether former Bush administration officials should face prosecution, and his legal counsel Gregory Craig.

Robert Gates, the Pentagon chief, and Admiral Dennis Blair, Director of National Intelligence, are said to have supported Mr Obama with some reservations. It subsequently emerged that Adml Blair had briefed his staff that some important information was extracted from prisoners during harsh interrogations.


Amrit Singh ???? Huh?  Is he an American or is the filthy aclu now hiring foreign gunslingers?

It’s so damn often that organization causes America grief.  Where are the patriots who can do something about that? You know. One shot one kill.
Except multiplied many times over.  Kind of a night of the long knives to settle their hash once and for all!  Hey come on.  It’s been proven to work.
Then go after all the rest who are eager to deliver the USA to Europe or else turn it into a soviet state. 
Damn it guys, they’ve been unraveling America for how many years now?  UNCHECKED I should add.

There’s a documentary here been made called The End. All about crime and gangsters in London’s east end. Not the kid gangs.
Anyway, there were these fellows, many much older now and out of the game, some were killers.  Not the kind of folks you wanna live next door to.
So ,,, one of the interviews was with this older guy and he said this.

“There are about five people that I’d really like to kill, but I know they’ve got my name in the solicitor’s.  If I knew I was going to die of cancer ... I’d get most of them before the police got me.  That’s a good idea, ain’t it?”

You know, I’d thought about that years ago.  What if there were a bunch of guys with no future anyway, guys as this one said.  Maybe dying anyway.
So they get together in cells and work out a way to make it happen.  Go after the aclu, the southern poverty law cntr, amnasty intl.  If they’re already dying, what is there to lose?  Desperate measure?  Sure it is.  But the times are desperate too.


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