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the journal news and gawker media pull a commercial appeal

Not having a dog in this particular fight, I can only sit back and laugh at how quickly The Journal News and now Gawker Media are realizing that private American citizens enjoy their… well, privacy. Extra bonus points got to Gawker for labeling all firearm-owning New Yorkers as "Assholes" – way to make friends and influence people, especially in New York.

On the one hand, a fair argument could be made that these lists [...]

baldr odinson outs himself

By now, regular readers of my weblog should be familiar with the name “Baldr Odinson” – that spineless, dishonest, cowardly troll who so very much hates it when his own methodologies and tricks are used against him (speaking of, I need to put his poll back up at some point).  Regular readers of the pro-rights community would also be aware that Baldr Odinson condoned, if not outright supported, the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence’s vicious, [...]

flipside wallet, follow-up

As hard as it is to take pictures of firearms without highlighting the scratches in their finishes, you would think taking pictures of a plastic wallet to show the scratches would be easier… 

Anywise, back in May, the good folks at FlipSide Wallet provided me a test-and-evaluation unit after I sent my old, leather wallet on an unscheduled washing machine excursion.  Since then, it has served as my primary wallet, spending all of its [...]

one cannot escape the government

One of the many joys of living in a relative backwater like Knoxville is that I have been able to observe the spread of the Thousands of Sexual Assaulters’ cancer-inducing, ionizing-radiation-spewing backscatter "security" systems from afar, without having to actually partake of the privacy-invading glow.

Fortunately, that lack of additional radiation in my life will continue for the foreseeable future, but unfortunately, Knoxville will be getting millimeter wave scanners:

McGhee Tyson Airport will [...]

chiappa / mks supply fail

I sent the following email to Charles Brown, President of MKS Supply “cbrown (at) mkssupply.com”, Kelly Walton, Vice President “kwalton (at) mkssupply.com”, Kenneth Vanhoose, Director of Operations “kvanhoose (at) mkssupply.com”, and the generic “info (at) mkssupply.com” address this morning, and I additionally copy-pasted it into the Contact Form at Chiappa Firearms proper:

Charles, Kelly, Kenneth, et al.,

My name is [Linoge], and I confess to being borderline-infatuated with your Chiappa Rhino revolver ever [...]

flipside wallet, in review

Just under two weeks ago, I put up a post documenting one facet of my recent wallet-shopping – an endeavor precipitated by my previous one taking an unscheduled and undesired trip through our washing machine.  At the time, I mentioned two distinct possibilities – the Flipside 2x Wallet and the Saddleback Leather Company Medium Bifold Wallet – and threw in the usual half-serious, half-joking line that if either company wanted to send me one of [...]

starting to not recognize my country

Apparently the American people have absolutely no problems with complete strangers being able to electronically photograph them naked, and no problems with being dosed with an unhealthy amount of ionizing radiation.

Shiny.

I do have a problem with both of those concepts, and, as such, will be minimizing my airline use for the foreseeable future… as will my parents, and my parents-in-law, and…

Now, however, the question seems to be whether the [...]

one million boxes to rule them all

As pretty much the entire world is aware by now, Egypt pulled the plug on their Internet connection during their recent “troubling times”… The exact mechanics of how this particular authoritarian action was accomplished are somewhat immaterial to this post, but the upshot is that for around a week, no one connecting to the ‘net from Egypt could reach any web server outside of the country, with the opposite tactic being employed for cell phones [...]

it is the idiots, stupid

It has been a while since we embarked on a full-fledged fisking here at “walls of the city”, and I figure what better way to get back into the weblogging swing after a long weekend filled with analog activities than to take some idiot out to the woodshed? Well, conveniently enough, Google Alerts kindly provided me one such target this morning, so if you do not want to suffer through me laboriously taking this individual [...]

tanstaafl

Earlier this month, I wrote up a post on some essential (as I see them) Android applications, and from comments and online reactions, it appears to have been one of my more popular and helpful posts of late.

Well, today I bring you the seamier side of smartphone applications, complete with a helpful, and all too disturbing, graphic.

There are two short takeaways from that surprisingly in-depth article: 1. Most applications will tell [...]

human-sized radar ranges

If you did not already have enough reasons to “opt out” of the Transportation “Security” Administration’s blatantly privacy-invading full-body scaners, here is an even better one: they can, and statistically will, cause cancer.

U.S. scientists warned Friday that the full-body, graphic-image X-ray scanners that are being used to screen passengers and airline crews at airports around the country may be unsafe.

They say the risk is minimal, but statistically someone is going to get [...]



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