a thousand blind monkeys could do better

This keychain tool kit that I forgot was still attached to my carabiner was deemed unacceptable for me to have on my person by the Nashville branch of the Thousands of Sexual Assaulters due to its 1.375" knife, and was therefore confiscated from me at the security checkpoint for the airport (sorry, Weer’d).

confusedmalHowever, at both Nashville and SeaTac airports, this solid stainless steel pen (that could never hurt/kill anyone) was allowed through without a second glance, this push-dagger-styled spork attracted no attention at all, and I can guaranbloodytee the imbeciles working the x-ray belt had no idea what my magnesium and flint rods were in my backpack, much less the little waterproof capsule full of vaseline-soaked cotton balls.

And those are just the obvious items I feel like sharing at the moment.

So go on – tell me the lie that our "safety" is the TSA’s priority, or whatever that bullshit is they are spreading these days. I am far from the smartest or most creative when it comes to repurposing every-day items to destructive means, but if my sorry arse, complete with whatever common-place items I happen to have on me, could pose a significant material threat to an aircraft, your "security" is completely meaningless. Get the hell out of the way and let people go back about their lives without their genitals being televised or groped.

(Oh, and just to cap this massive fail-cake off, those ionizing-radiation-spewing backscatter scanners the TSA is taking out of airports? Not only does SeaTac still use them, through a variety of administrative failures, they are going to keep on using them. Yeah. "Safety" is our priority. Sure it is.)

soldiers’ angels fundraiser – still going strong

I know momentum has slipped a little, and I know this has run a little past what I initially promised, but the Soldiers’ Angels Fundraiser and Giveaway is still going on, you can still donate money to Soldiers’ Angels, and I will still give you tickets for the inevitable drawing we are going to have. The mail service has been dragging its feet on the promised package from CRKT, but the day after that box arrives, I will be holding the drawing, pulling numbers, and contacting folks!

Thanks to everyone who helped publicize this event, and doubly thanks to those folks who have helped the donation counter get up above $2000; you all have far exceeded my hopes, and I sincerely appreciate that. Likewise, I sincerely apologize for the delay in the drawing, but with some more goodies on the way (and thus more chances for more people to be winners), I did not think people would mind too horribly much…

soldiers’ angels last-minute update

$So, I had promised that we were going to do the prize drawing for the Soldiers’ Angels Fundraiser and Giveaway tomorrow. 

I am going to have to postpone that on you. 

Like I mentioned a few days ago, CRKT has promised some prizes for the giveaway, but I am not entirely sure what they are sending, or even how many “whats”.  So, since the mail has come for Saturday, and UPS and FedEx are not coming on the weekend, I think I am going to have to hold off on the Random.org number generation craziness until I have some more specifics in hand. 

That is the bad news.  The good news is that this situation gives you more time and opportunities to donate to Soldiers’ Angels!  We have already raised $2000 to support our service members spending their holidays overseas, away from their families and friends, and I am sure we can raise a few bucks more in the next few days.  And lest you think your money, no matter how much you can donate, is not enough to do some serious good, here is some evidence of the good Soldiers’ Angels can do for our troops, courtesy of those who would be in the know: 

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Each of those boxes contained: 

Black tea with hand-written message on tin
Coffee of some kind
Mini chocolate bars
One or two small bags of either cheese poofs, or cheese popcorn
Various candies
Loofah
Various hygiene products
        (always includes razors and cream, shampoo, sunscreen, and
lotion of various kinds, then sometimes more)
Card with hand-written note
Occasionally magazines

$5 can cover shipping.  $5 buys jerky.  $5 buys a hefty amount of Gatorade.  $5 buys coffee, tea, chocolate, or whatnot else.  $5 helps with the backpacks for wounded soldiers coming back from overseas.  Even $5 helps, and if nothing else, it gets you a ticket for the giveaway, which is going to have even more awesomeness courtesy of our friends at Columbia River Knife and Tool

So, yeah, sorry about the delay, but I am pretty sure it will be worth it. 

crkt and soldiers’ angels

As my last drive-by post of the day, I would point out that the ticker-tracker to the left appears to be stuck at $1925 with only three days and change left in the Soldiers’ Angels Fundraiser and Giveaway. While you generous folks have already blown away my initial pipe dream of $1000 raised for Soldiers’ Angels, it would be kind of… sad… to get all this way and fall just barely short of $2000. All it will take is three people to donate $25, or 7.5 people to donate $10 (probably the most popular donation value at this point), or some other combination of numbers to get to that relatively easy goal, and I know, for a fact, the money can be put to good use.

Even looking past the "good use" warm and fuzzies, there are some pretty awesome prizes on the block that I wish I could keep home here with me, so get to donating – you could have some additional presents to round out your new year.

Oh, and speaking of prizes, Columbia River Knife and Tool (more commonly known as “CRKT”) is sending me “some product” to encourage you people to send Soldiers’ Angels more money. But, really, how can you go wrong with a company whose products range from simply gorgeous blades to functional multitools and everything in between? Owing to me not knowing what CRKT is sending my direction, or even how many “products” I will be receiving, we might have to delay the Soldiers Angels Fundraiser and Giveaway prize drawing, but I will be sure to keep you all appraised. 

And, in any case, if you have not donated yet, and like CRKT’s offerings, now is a perfect chance to score some while doing some unquestionable good for our servicemembers overseas! What are you waiting for? 

soldiers’ angels fundraiser and giveaway

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[1900 10JAN12 Update: Changes/updates to this page since 2100 03JAN12 have been italicized.]

I knew announcing the Soldiers’ Angels Fundraiser and Giveaway the week before Thanksgiving was kind of a bad idea, but I wanted to get it out there and get the ball rolling, and now we are going to go back, go over the details, and pimp it a little more.

Current Total Donation Amount:

$2325

The Rules:

How to Earn a Ticket:

1.  Every five dollars you donate directly to Soldiers’ Angels nets you one numbered ticket.
2.  Every five dollars you spend in their Dollar Days or Amazon shops (where the products are shipped directly to them) gets you one ticket.
3.  Every five dollars you spend in the Angels’ Store for any product that is shipped to "ANY Hero", "ANY Wounded Soldier", or "A SPECIFIC Soldier" earns you one ticket.
4.  DO NOT SEND ME MONEY.  All money and goods should go directly to Soldiers’ Angels
5.  DO SEND ME THE RECEIPT.  Anonymize it however you like, and use the actual receipt or a screencap, but email from an address I can reach you back at.  Send the receipt/proof to “linoge (at) wallsofthecity (dot) net”. 
6.  Specify how many of your tickets you want in the "holster", "belt", and "general" pools. 
7.  Within 24 hours, you should receive an email from me indicating your ticket numbers.  If you do not, feel free to email me again or comment here.

How We Will Do the Drawing:

1.  The drawing will occur in decreasing fair market value (in other words, most-expensive item first, according to MSRP). 
2.  You can only win once. 
3.  When you send me your receipt, please indicate how many tickets you want put in each pool. 
4.  A single drawing will take place for each prize (currently 29), not each pool. 
5.  At 1800 EST on 12JAN12, with Better Half watching over my shoulder, I will hit up Random.org and generate however many numbers I need.  I will email the winners that day.  

The Prizes:

Current number of prizes:  29

(In the order they will be drawn.)

The Dragon Leatherworks Holster Pool:

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1x Wyvern Pocket Holster for a Smith & Wesson Bodyguard .380, as made and donated by Dragon Leatherworks.  So it does not have a name yet; that is ok – maybe if you win it, Dennis will let you name it.  What cannot be questioned, though, is this is a holster from a fabricator with a history of producing quality products, dressed up in some pretty shiny-looking snakeskin, and designed for one of the more-popular up-and-coming pocket pistols.

 

 

 

The Best Belt Pool: 

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1x The Best Belt, courtesy of Michael’s Custom Holsters.  Whether or not this belt lives up to its name is up to you, its eventual winner, to decide, but with two layers of top-grain leather, a sandwiched layer of nylon webbing, stainless steel hardware, and a lifetime warranty, I am not really seeing how it could not.  Want a way to carry your holsters in comfort and security?  This is a darned good start.

 

 

The General Pool: 

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2x Crimson Trace Corporation Glock Generation 4 LaserGrip, courtesy of CTC.  Want something that is not even on the market yet?  Donate to Soldiers’ Angels, and you could win it at the beginning of next year.  This LaserGrip is just like all of its kin, except that it is designed specifically to be mounted on the newest Generation of Glock handguns, of all various sizes.  And, yes, there are two of them up for grabs now!

 

 

 

 

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1x Crimson Trace Corporation Glock Lightguard, courtesy of CTC.  Imagine a flashlight that is mounted underneath your sidearm that comes on when you squeeze the grip a little more tightly – that is the prize you could win, from a company who made its name applying similar technology and concepts to laser sights, and who know what they are doing when it comes to “light” and “firearms”.

 

 

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1x Crimson Trace Corporation S&W M&P Lightguard, courtesy of CTC.  Yes, the awesome folks at Crimson Trace donated another Lightguard to this fundraiser.

 

 

 

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1x Crimson Trace Corporation Springfield XD Lightguard, courtesy of CTC.  No, you are not seeing triplicate – Crimson Trace donated three separate Lightguards to help out Soldiers’ Angels.  How awesome is that?  I can put the winners of these three prizes in touch with one another if they need to swap around who won what, just for compatibility’s sake.

 

 

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10x Militec-1 Bonus Pack AND Militec-1 Grease, courtesy of Militec.  Keep your firearms lubricated, preserved, and easily-cleanable with a substance that has operated as intended both at the North Pole and at supersonic velocities.  (Note: if you do not want or will not use the 14oz. of grease, let me know, and I will forward it to Soldiers’ Angels, who can find a home for it.)

 

 

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Honestly, I have no idea what I am receiving from Columbia River Knife and Tool (CRKT), but something tells me it is going to be awesome!  Stay tuned for details, but be advised – the drawing will be postponed until I receive the shipment from them.  Keep those donations rolling in! 

 

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1x Elzetta ZSM Tactical Shotgun Mount and Elzetta T-Shirt, courtesy of Elzetta.  Made right here in the good old United States of America, this flashlight mount is designed to clamp through the space between your shotgun’s magazine tube and barrel, giving you the ability to mount just about any flashlight to your home-defense long gun without having to muck around with any hand-shredding rails.

 

 

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2x FlipSide Wallet, courtesy of FlipSide themselves.  I reviewed these outstanding wallets here and wrote a follow-up here, but suffice to say that if they are worth the price of admission, they are probably worth a donation to an outstanding cause to try to win.  The first one drawn will be the Mech Grey version, and the second will be Stealth (black) – appropriately “tactical” colors indeed.

 

 

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1x 8 Gun Store, Secure, and Carry Rack, courtesy of Armory Racks.  Want a convenient way to store eight different handguns in a relatively small space without having them stacked on top of one another, marring each other’s frame and generally looking like a mess?  Yeah, this will do that.  With organizational accessories like these, even I have no excuse for abiding by the “gravitic filing method”.

 

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2x Soft Target, by Stephen Hunter, courtesy of Simon and Schuster.  I have not read my copy yet, but the reviewers, including the folks over at Downrange.tv, are writing rave reviews.  In any case, this is a brand-spanking new hardback copy, straight from the publisher, and complete with its publicity insert.  The book does not even come out until the 6th of December!

 

 

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1x Gift Pack, courtesy of and mixed by DIPSTIX.  With three different flavor combinations to choose from, you are bound to find something that will suit your palate.  And, let us face it – how can you go wrong with a seasoning mix labeled nothing more than “Bacon”?

 

 

 

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3x Gunwalker T-Shirt, as designed by and courtesy of Sean Sorrentino.  The entire Gunwalker scandal is a disaster no matter how you look at it, but increasing public awareness of it and trying a little gallows humor will probably help everyone come to terms with it – suffice to say, this perfectly concise t-shirt accomplishes just that.

 

 

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1x Monster Hunter International (Tombstone, Arizona branch) patch, as designed by and courtesy of Jason of Empty Mags.  Check out that monster-whacking awesomeness!  Something like that would look perfect on an IDPA vest, range bag, or just on a jacket to show off your gunny-geek cred.

 

 

 

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2x 2 Monster Hunter International (Eastern Tennessee branch) patches, as designed by me.  Yup, you get two chances to win two patches, and, yes, they look as monster-hunting-cool in person as they do on your screen.

 

 

As additional prizes become available (and I am working on more), I will add them here and update things accordingly.  Likewise, if you are interested in donating a prize to this fundraiser and being featured here, please let me know at “linoge (at) wallsofthecity (dot) net”.

Again, the drawing will be held at 1800 EST on 12JAN12, which means your donations can keep coming in until 1700 EST on 12JAN 12.  So… how much do you think we can raise for Soldiers’ Angels?

If you have any questions, feel free to get in touch with me.

(Obligatory FTC Notice:  All prizes were donated by their respective originators, without any agreed-upon compensation or other conditions.  Any advertising I give them is exclusively in thanks for their generosity.)

we get mail

When Weer’d asked me about my updated address so he could forward on his yearly domain payment (speaking of, if any pro-rights webloggers want to escape Blogger or WordPress.com and have your own domain that you can fully control, drop me a line), he mentioned that he would be sending something along with the check. Given the person in question, I was immediately concerned, but all those worries amounted to naught:

One CRKT Eat’N Tool (which consists of the obvious spork, bottle opener, screwdriver/pry tip, and 10mm/8mm/6mm metric wrenches, and could be employed as a last-ditch punch weapon if you had nothing else on you [the tines are not sharp, but I surely would not want to get nailed by it]) and one CRKT Gekkota (which, even though it lacks a flashlight, is about an order of magnitude better than the trade-show freebie produced by Mantis, and sports a hell of a beefy, but short, blade and a combined screwdriver/bottle opener) – I have to admit, if you wanted something relatively cheap, but awesome, to send someone, both of those would be pretty near the top of my list. Thanks Weer’d!