"CHEAP SHOT™- Affordable Broadheads"--Cold Steel. The broad heads are made of polymer. It looks nice, but some states (including Idaho) do not allow the use of simple 2 bladed broadheads, but require 3 or 4 blades.
- You can't trust the government: "BREAKING: Cali DOJ Releases Personal Information Of ALL Firearms Trainers To Unknown Party"--The Firearms Blog. The information released includes names, dates of birth, and driver's license numbers. This was not an inadvertent release, but pursuant to a public records request.
- With the start of Shot Show, we will be seeing lots of news about new firearms and shooting products. One that caught my eye today was a press release of Lasermax GripSense Capacitive Tech laser sight. Instead of (or, actually, in addition to) an activation switch, it is supposed to detect the presence of your index finger much like how a cell phone detects the touch of a finger, and activate the laser. If it is the same technology, however, it won't work if you are wearing gloves (even the gloves that are supposed to be for use with cells phones generally only have the special fabric for the forefinger and thumb), unless you want to try your own modifications to the glove.
- The Firearms Blog reports that Caracal Close to Shipping US Made Pistols, although there is not yet word of any firm dates. Apparently they are still working out some kinks with some of the U.S. manufactured parts. In 2013, you may remember, Caracal had to recall all of their Model C and F pistols after problems with defective drop safeties and cracking slides. For some reason, I don't see the griping that followed the R51 recall and reintroduction. In any event, besides a much lower bore axis than most pistols, the Caracal pistols also featured a new sight arrangement (the Quick Sight) that, by putting the front and rear sights in the same focal plane, offered faster pick up of a target.
- "Three Things to do With That A2"--The New Rifleman. If you have an older AR15 in an A2 configuration that isn't seeing much use anymore, the author has some suggestions: use it in rifle competitions; add a muzzle break and use it for training up the next generation of shooters; or, if it has a heavy barrel (HBAR), add a Fostech “Echo” and Franklin Armory “BFSIII” and run it like you would a full-auto firearm.
- Greg Ellifritz has been testing out a couple new models of magazine carriers: the Bawidamann’s “Uber CC” horizontal magazine carrier; and the Copia mag carrier from Raven Concealment. He has good words about each of them. The Uber CC carrier he likes because, being horizontal, the magazines don't dig into your side like with a vertical carrier. The Copia carrier is intended as a "universal" double stack magazine carrier, meaning that if you use multiple guns, you can still use the same magazine carrier.
- "Umarex ARX Ammo for Air Rifles and Muzzleloaders"--The Firearms Blog. The company that gave us workable polymer bullets for handguns is now offering the same designs for muzzle loading rifles and large caliber air guns.
- "Tuberculosis Pops Up In Minnesota High School"--The Anonymous Conservative reports that a case of contagious tuberculosis showed up, apparently courtesy of a Somali refugee, but the authorities refrained from informing the parents of other students until they were sure it had not spread.
- Vox Day takes to task Jonah Goldberg for his statement that there is no difference between a Statist and a Nationalist. Day observes:
Jonah is smarter than this. He understands the difference between a nation - a group of homogeneous people - and a state - a sovereign political entity. He's written about the Kurds before, so he knows there is a Kurdish nation but not a Kurdish state. He's written about the Soviet Union before, so he knows there was a Soviet state despite there being no such thing as a Soviet nation.
As I look through other headlines and reflect on much of what has transpired over the last 8 or so years, I'm convinced that we have reached the stage where there is no American nation, just a state. Just a few examples from news stories and op-eds that I've seen over the last couple of days:
- Michael Snyder observes that "America Became A Lot Less Christian During The Presidency Of Barack Obama" citing a Pew poll that shows that nearly a quarter of Americans no longer identify as being of any religion.
- Victor Davis Hansen writes, in his piece entitled "Trump and the American Divide," about the cultural divide between the coastal liberal enclaves, and the rest of America--"Red America" or "Fly Over Country" as it is otherwise described in the media--and how it lay behind Trump's election victory. He writes:
As the nation became more urban and its wealth soared, the old Democratic commitment from the Roosevelt era to much of rural America—construction of water projects, rail, highways, land banks, and universities; deference to traditional values; and Grapes of Wrath–like empathy—has largely been forgotten. A confident, upbeat urban America promoted its ever more radical culture without worrying much about its effects on a mostly distant and silent small-town other. In 2008, gay marriage and women in combat were opposed, at least rhetorically, by both Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton in their respective presidential campaigns. By 2016, mere skepticism on these issues was viewed by urban elites as reactionary ignorance. In other words, it was bad enough that rural America was getting left behind economically; adding insult to injury, elite America (which is Democrat America) openly caricatured rural citizens’ traditional views and tried to force its own values on them. Lena Dunham’s loud sexual politics and Beyoncé’s uncritical evocation of the Black Panthers resonated in blue cities and on the coasts, not in the heartland. Only in today’s bifurcated America could billion-dollar sports conglomerates fail to sense that second-string San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick’s protests of the national anthem would turn off a sizable percentage of the National Football League’s viewing audience, which is disproportionately conservative and middle American. These cultural themes, too, Trump addressed forcefully.
He also notes:
Indeed, one irony of the 2016 election is that identity politics became a lethal boomerang for progressives. After years of seeing America reduced to a binary universe, with culpable white Christian males encircled by ascendant noble minorities, gays, feminists, and atheists—usually led by courageous white-male progressive crusaders—red-state America decided that two could play the identity-politics game. In 2016, rural folk did silently in the voting booth what urban America had done to them so publicly in countless sitcoms, movies, and political campaigns.
- Just today, Breitbart reported that "Suburban Chicago School Teaches ‘Blackenomics,’ ‘Trans-Rights,’ and ‘White Genocide Against Blacks’".
- And Instapundit had linked to a USA Today article proclaiming that "Centuries of kidnapping, torture, murder, rape. What white person can understand black lives? Not me." When I first read that, I thought perhaps the article was about black crime, but when I followed the link, I realized my assumption was incorrect: "Whites killed MLK. Now we honor him."
We have a deeply divided state ethnically, culturally, and so on, It will only become more divided with additional immigration. And with that divide will come more instability. The Soviet Union peaceably broke apart, for the most part. There is no guarantee that the U.S. will break apart peaceably and, given the intermixing of populations, I am sure that the break up will not be peaceful.
- "Lack of Jobs in Africa Could Spark Massive Migration to Europe"--Breitbart. From the article:
The report, from the Geneva-based International Labour Organisation (ILO), states that the economies of developing nations in Arica, Asia, and South America cannot keep pace with the number of young people entering the workforce. The result, especially in Africa, will mean that many are ready to migrate and look for jobs elsewhere – and their main target will likely be Europe Die Welt reports.
It also indicates:
In sub-Saharan Africa, which has some of the highest birth rates in the world, an estimated one-third of all people say they are willing to migrate for work. Some migrants are willing to look for work in neighbouring countries, but for many the ideal destination is Europe; specifically Germany given its current status as the strongest economy in the European Union.
Edger Rice Burrough's book The Lost Continent assumed that Europe would descend into savagery following the Great War (the story was originally written in 1915), but if he were writing it now, he would probably set the story background as a Third World invasion.
- I guess now that the election is not pending, the authorities and media can be honest about the motivation for the attack: "Wife of Pulse Nightclub Gunman Omar Mateen Arrested in San Francisco"--ABC News. According to the article, "Omar Mateen's wife, Noor Salman, was charged with obstruction of justice and with aiding and abetting Mateen's attempted provision and provision of material support to ISIL, the U.S. Attorney’s office said, referring to the terror group also known as ISIS."
- "Fun Fact: That Drawer Underneath Your Stove Isn't for Storage"--Yahoo. It is a warming drawer intended to keep food warm.
- "Obama Celebrates His Last Week By Letting 10 More Terrorists Out Of Gitmo"--Daily Caller. However, the identities of the terrorists released is being kept secret.
- A reminder that we live in the 21st Century: "Eggs from Skin Cells? Here’s Why the Next Fertility Technology Will Open Pandora’s Box"--MIT Technology Review. Basically, the article is about a technique, already proven in studies with mice, that makes it possible to create an egg from a skin cell. The article raises the specter of people cloning celebrities, or fertility clinics having such large numbers of eggs from a woman that it create a bunch of embryos and then only use the best one. The more likely use is to create eggs from women that are infertile, allowing them to reproduce even if they can't produce eggs naturally. However, if embryos could be grown outside the womb, it might have another affect: women will no longer be more valuable than men to the reproduction of the species.