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gunauction.com does not understand the internet

Yesterday, I received this email, twice, with the subject of “we want your blog – http://wallsofthecity.net”: 

Dear [Linoge],

My name is David Smith and I work for GunAuction.com. Your website, http://wallsofthecity.net has sparked our interest. Recently we have realized that we are in need of high ranking blogs about guns. Our company is working to build a blog network that will be seen by millions. With gun rights under attack, we want to create [...]

dreamhost sucks

I think, after the past week, I can say that with some finality. To begin with, their servers were completely unable to handle the load generated by my recent post documenting my experiences with the USFA ZiP. To put that in perspective, on average, this site typically gets about 500 hits a day, give or take a few; on Tuesday, it received somewhere around 4300, and probably would have gotten more if Dreamhost could have [...]

be careful what you ask for

This is why I will never have any respect for modern "unions":

Hostess Brands — the maker of such iconic baked goods as Twinkies, Devil Dogs and Wonder Bread — announced Friday that it is asking a federal bankruptcy court for permission to close its operations, blaming a strike by bakers protesting a new contract imposed on them.

And what is this horrid new contract that the union simply cannot abide?

The new [...]

how to fail at a debate, courtesy of will spencer

Just take a look at this conversation:

@willspencer: Most "Libertarians" want Obama to win, because they are angry at America. @RedheadAndRight @glennmw @KurtSchlichter @tnacgal

@linoge_wotc: I assume this was sarcasm. RT @willspencer Most "Libertarians" want Obama to win, because they are angry at America.

@willspencer: Unfortunately, no. Instead, it is an honest evaluation of what I am seeing. @linoge_wotc  [Note: Tweet successfully Memory Hole’d. Replicated from memory.]

@linoge_wotc: Your perception is wrong. I suspect [...]

be smarter than the equipment you use

So far, we, the American people, have spent somewhere in excess of sixty billion (yes, with a "b") dollars on a "security" farce that results in mind-bending idiocy such as this:

The TSA’s bungling reached a new low yesterday when a JFK Airport terminal had to be evacuated and hundreds of passengers marched back through security screening all because one dimwitted agent failed to realize his metal detector had been unplugged, sources told The [...]

mantis knives – a review, revisited

A few years back, I wrote a somewhat negative review of Mantis Knives’ products, which even managed to attract the attention of the president of that particular company (who never emailed me, I would point out).

Well, a few days ago, I discovered the B-3 Necessikey sucks almost as hard as the MT-1 Sliver. The Necessikey has a grand total of three tools to its name – a flashlight that is barely enough to [...]

nuke his comment from orbit

… It is the only way to be sure*.

Everyone knows where I stand on open carry so there is no sense in rehashing that particular terrain, and given that position, it should be no surprise that I was a little snarky at commenter "Andy" over at Say Uncle when he referred to the recent Open Carry Weekend (…Which I managed to miss – bad gunblogger! Bad!) as "attention whoring" and "stomping around the [...]

“gun control” demotivator

Really, I have no particular use for a 30-round magazine for my Baby Eagle (no carbines take its magazines, I would not carry such a magazine (where would I put it?), and the damned thing weighs a ton when fully loaded regardless) but some halfwitted petty totalitarians decided that us “average” Americans should not be allowed to purchase/own such a device, so I adopted the attitude that founded this country and proceeded to make [...]

do not do business with weaponeer.net

Mostly because you cannot. 

Maybe I am missing something, and maybe there is a rational explanation for all of this, and in either case, I will be more than willing to revisit this post, or completely retract if if someone can provide those absent details.  But, for the time being, here is how it is. 

Back on 05APR12, I placed an order for one of their Yugo Type 1 AK Pistol Grips in [...]

well that was annoying

There is no such thing as a “bad day at the range”, but some are less optimal than others.  My new normal-capacity magazines for my Baby Eagle (review to be forthcoming when I get around to it) worked exactly as advertised/intended, but the Tactical Solutions SBX upper I purchased for Buy a Gun Day was a complete and total fail. 

When the magazine was inserted, the bolt would not go all the way home, [...]

a case study of how to fail

Say, for the sake of argument, that you are in charge of a fairly small, unpopular non-profit organization that has dedicated itself to fighting against and with a massively larger organization on the other side of your ideological fence. Say you have been faced with a series of major and minor defeats across the country – both in courts and in legislatures – and say that the preponderance of public opinion is slowly turning against [...]

leadership fail

Back on my last deployment, I had the… pleasure… of having to attend the Department Head’s meeting every night, which consisted of the aforementioned leaders/managers (depending on the person…) of the various departments of the ship (Deck, Operations, Engineering, etc.) getting together with the Executive Officer (the second-in-command for the ship, generally abbreviated to "XO") and talking about what they accomplished today, what was on the agenda for tomorrow, and discussing long-term goals. Once we [...]

i think you are going to need a bigger image

One of the more amusing exchanges I have had with the anti-rights cultist behind the @everygun Twitter profile was regarding "gun free zones" and their complete and total inefficacy. Predictably, this particular individual was dancing in the blood of the recent Chardon school shooting, and using the victims’ deaths as a reason to spread the idea of "gun free zones" to more locations. Yes, you read that right – the complete and total failure of [...]

“smoking blunder” trumps “smoke and thunder” at its own game

Regardless of the motivations, desires, or warped perversions of the twisted and abusive mind behind “Smoke & Thunder”, one thing is for certain – he seems to be attempting to discredit pro-rights webloggers by acting the arse and then associating himself with us, and by lampooning us at every available opportunity.  Given how much the anti-rights cultists of American believe in and peddle the fallacy of “guilt by association”, it would not be a difficult [...]

quote of the day – martha boggs

Well, this whole Martha Boggs kicks Stacey Campfield out of her restaurant thing has been… enlightening, if nothing else.

Apparently, for some people, some discrimination is a-ok so long as they disagree with the person being discriminated against but it should be strictly, legally verboten in any situations they feel appropriate (in other words, logical/internal consistency fail), while those those same people (and others) have no problems misrepresenting other people’s positions and words.

This is [...]

ngvac set gun control up the bomb

I have to admit – I really, really love it when our opponents stab themselves in the back. It is no great surprise that the Germans had a word for that concept, but no matter how you cut it, watching anti-rights cultists destroy their own arguments with wanton disregard for the damage they are causing is hilarious indeed.

Speaking of, one of the few advantages of keeping at least half an eye on Twitter [...]

gunsamerica fails at marketing

Oh, for Heaven’s sake…

A little over a week ago, Paul Helinski of GunsAmerica decided to pull out all the stops and be a complete dick about small-time webloggers (who he referred to as "nobodies") daring to attend the NSSF’s SHOT Show, and then he doubled down on his dickery and dig himself even deeper into his hole. In the interim, I tried to show Paul how the internet works, but, apparently, all of [...]

usps fail

This arrived in the mail today: 

For those keeping score at home, the date on the invite is only four days ago. 

*headdesk* 

Nice challenge coin, though… Thanks for the thought, Crimson Trace! 

paul helinski, meet the internet

By now, you are probably well aware of the difficulties Paul Helinski, the president (?) of GunsAmerica and current sufferer of faragosis, is having comprehending how the internet works.

Well, just over two days ago, I issued the following challenge to my readers:

To all you lucky bastards going to SHOT Show this year, take heed! I have a few Eastern TN Monster Hunter International patches left, and I will send one patch, [...]

paul helinski of gunsamerica fails at the internet

So apparently there is this site called GunsAmerica… frankly, I have never heard of it, and after reading the comments and opinions of a certain Paul Helinski (who feels quite comfortable speaking for the site as a whole), I am going to go on remaining blissfully ignorant of it (hence the lack of a link).  Personally, I stick to GunBroker.com for any information I need pertaining to the buying and selling of firearms. 

So [...]