April 30, 2007

Anybody Listening?

My favorite Queensryche tune. (Vid here, though it's edited down a bit from the album version). Rarely have I felt a song to be more applicable to my life & temperament (& perhaps you'd find it's just as appropriate for...
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April 29, 2007

Linkage Minus Thinkage Part 3,986

Still swamped. Med Valley High's Grand Rounds (basically a carnival of med blogs) has a few posts dealing with the Virginia Tech Massacre. (On a semi-related note there's an amusing post called "raodmap for the emergency department"). "Cellist Mstislav Rostropovich...
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April 28, 2007

My First My Last My Every Kitty?

Busy as hell. But I thought I'd share something a friend sent me. It's allegedly a cat listening to Barry White. & just cause I thought it was funny as hell, here's my man Barry doing My First, My Last,...
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April 27, 2007


(Update: 04/28/07 08:45 MDT fixed some hyperlinks) There are a few tunes with the title "Hero" or some variant. Bonnie Tyler has one called "Holding out for a hero" (vid here). where she laments not having any exceptional men in...
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April 26, 2007

Deaths In Communism

I have been at a few funerals where "At last" was used to start the eulogy. But it was immediately followed by a picturesque image of the deceased kneeling at the foot of the Lord & receiving the comfort some...
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April 25, 2007

KalashniPorn: A Tale Of Two AK's

They're not quite finished but close. I started off with 2 "rusty" Romanian AIM "Garda" parts kits from DPH Arms, 2 Global Trades/Armory USA 1.6mm receivers, a couple of handfuls of "compliance" parts from DPH Arms & some Romanian 30...
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April 24, 2007

NRA Pushes For More Gun Control Again

In this post called "Crazy" (where I argued against an expansion of mental health records in the NICS system) I pointed to The Liberty Zone & The War On Guns for more information on rumors that the NRA was talking...
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Cat We All Just Get Along

For Sale: One Useless Cat (h/t The Volokh Conspiracy)...
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Cheap SMLE ammo

I stumbled across this while looking for a pic of a chromed Garand. It's a site that does firearm modification (as well as selling firearms of all types including the occasional machine gun & other NFA items). Special Interest Arms...
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Sleepless In See Shiny

As anyone who pays attention to the time stamps on my posts can deduce, I did not find this article surprising in the least: "Insomnia Hits 'Night Owls' Harder" & to continue my streak of right choices in lifestyle: "Cocoa,...
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Book Me Brother Dave

Hugh Hewitt did an interview with Professor John Mark Reynolds of Biola University and Professor David Allen White of the United States Naval Academy where they discussed 30 books they think every freshman should read during the first year of...
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April 23, 2007

Erf Day

I've been terribly busy, in no small part due to the increased reading as a result of last week's tragic event. So I didn't realize until well past midnight that yesterday was Erf* day. I wasn't even aware that there...
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Of course there's the Aerosmith tune (vid here & live vid here) which is about the peculiar manifestation of insanity that most call love (I especially dig the part at the end where it breaks down & the guitar is...
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April 22, 2007

Massive Pet Food Recall Update Part Six

Here are Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4 & Part 5. I'm not terribly surprised but that does not mean I'm not pissed about the latest finding: "For the first time, investigators are saying the chemical that has...
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Taking A Stab At Cancer

Instapundit points to an article about modern cancer research. On a related note I found this article about mixing Western & traditional Eastern medicines to treat cancer. An excerpt from the latter: "Mok said some hospitals in China were using...
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Nope, No Way, Hell No

That was Governor Brian Schweitzer's response to the "real i.d." program on behalf of Montana as he signed state legislation opposing the federal act. & if you think it might be just a turn of a phrase to say Gov....
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April 21, 2007

Too sickening For A Title Follow Up

The sadistic rapist in NY I blogged about here has been caught. "A homeless ex-convict has been arrested in the rape and torture of a Columbia University graduate student, who was held hostage for 19 hours, cut with a knife...
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Yet Another Shooting

Last Sunday in Atlanta two unarmed brothers were shot down by thugs. Course since those thugs had badges you probably haven't heard about it. All the details aren't out, but the Georgia Bureau of Investigation is looking into things. From...
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Another Shooting

I saw this over at Instapundit. Another shooting occurred but this time at the Johnson Space Center. One person was killed before the murderer shot himself after taking a hostage (the hostage was freed after the murderer killed himself). It...
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You Need A Shower

Meteor shower that is. The Lyrids peak this weekend. The best viewing times are reported to be Sunday morning & Monday morning starting a few hours before dawn. If for some reason you can't catch the Lyrids then don't fret....
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April 20, 2007


McCarthy has introduced HR 1859: Anti-Large Capacity Ammunition Feeding Device Act of 2007 (h/t Say Uncle). It's a slick one too - what it does is more or less partially re-instate the 1994 "assault weapons" ban in order to define...
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Don't It Make My Brown Back Hugh?

Hugh Hewitt interviewed Mike Huckabee & Sam Brownback recently. The 2nd amendment came up in both instances & more specifically there was a discussion of machine guns. I'll spend a while discussing what I feel are Hugh's implicit objections to...
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Automatic For The Free People

The subject of machine guns has come up a few times of late & I thought it'd be useful to have a post to point folks to instead of retyping the same arguments repeatedly. So let's have a brief discussion...
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April 19, 2007

More Links On Virginia Tech Massacre

Rushed yet again. In the extended entry I'll list a bunch of links that you may find interesting. All are concerning or related to the Virginia Tech Massacre &/or the calls for more gun control in its wake....
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This Saturday, April 21rst, the American Cancer Society will be holding its Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk in Denver, Co. Click here for details....
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Patriot Day

Here's my post from last year marking the occasion. I'm rushed but for the helluvit here are a few clips from the Mel Gibson movie The Patriot: The Final Battle Strangely interesting - clips from the movie showing the avenging...
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Today marks 3 years on mu.nu Many thanks again to Pixy. & thanks to Rocketjones & Mookie (who seems to have abondoned her blog but left lyrics from a Chairman of the Board tune up) for recommending me to Pixy....
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April 18, 2007

Paper, Rock, Bullet

A woman who had a restraining order taken out against an ex-boyfriend was murdered by her ex-boyfriend at The University of Washington. As seems to be common, the murdering punk killed himself afterwards. TFS Magnum has the details (h/t View...
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Stanley Arrested Again

Via The War On Guns. Rick Stanley was arrested when he & his wife were coming out of a bank. A SWAT team used stun grenades & hit Stanley with a bean bag gun in order to arrest him, though...
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Massive Pet Food Recall Part Five

Here are Part 1, Part 2, Part 3 & Part 4. "Pet food recall expanded on new finding" Great. Since I hadn't heard anything about it in a while I was hoping the worst of it was over. "An industrial...
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Too Sickening For A Title

Bitter has a post about a gruesome crime. A 23 year old lady was raped & tortured for 19 hours. Then her attacker set her place on fire while she was tied to the bed. She used the flames to...
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Help Wanted

Due to recent events several major media news providers have found a shortage of key personnel. Positions open include: Violence Policy Center Press Release-To-News Article Transcriptionist Brady Campaign Press Release-To-News Article Transcriptionist Americans For Gun Safety Press Release-To-News Article Transcriptionist...
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April 17, 2007

Pragmatism Of The Virginia Tech Massacre

Let's forget the politics & laws associated with this incident for a moment. What I'm going to try to do is look at what happened & what could have been done. It's Monday morning quarterbacking to be sure, but hopefully...
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Politics Of The Virginia Tech Massacre

There are two aspects I wish to discuss. Of course one is the political side of things as this will be used as a rallying cry by the anti's in the next few weeks &/or months. The other is the...
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April 16, 2007

Virginia School Shooting

Say Uncle has a post covering the info as it's been coming in. There's a round up at Instapundit as well. Here's the latest I've found from the AP: "Gunman, 32 others killed in Va. shooting" The shooting started in...
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The Sweetest Taboo

Sade bad. Both the band & miss Abu. I won't pretend to have some obscure track you've never heard of as my favorite tune of theirs. I've been playing Sade songs in bands since about 1987 & this one is...
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April 15, 2007


Swamped & rushed actually, but speaking of Rush... When I was in college a lot of the kids I attended with were Rush fanatics (including my not-so-tall hot blonde brunette friend). I always thought they were cool for a progressive...
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April 14, 2007

If You Could Only See

It's the one & only hit by a band called Tonic. Shame as I liked a few of their other tunes, but this one was the best I've heard from them. The harmony is simple but effective which is a...
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Close To You

A Maxi Priest tune from 1990. In the early to late 90's I was playing this tune a lot in some bands I was in. It's really fun to play (especially for bass players), easy to dance to & dog...
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April 13, 2007

The Holes In The Door

This sounds interesting: "The movie is a documentary by Denver filmmakers Alan and David Dominguez. It examines the 1999 police killing of Ismael Mena in a no-knock drug raid at the wrong address. The film, which hints at police corruption...
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Soap Gets In Your Eyes

While View From The Porch advises selecting the appropriate ammo to deal with "hockey mask wearing co-ed slaughtering aquatic zombie day" there may be something more serious going on in Frederick, Colorado. "The apparent slaying of a young mother in...
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Gun Racks And Rolling Your Own

View From The Porch has some advice on racking an auto pistol's slide for those with less than herculean arm strength. The Anarchangel has some tips on shooting pistols effectively. He also has a nice post on the costs &...
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Get Your Mitt Off My Guns

Dave Kopel has a piece up entitled "Romney, a Second Amendment Killer? Bill Richardson for president!?" (h/t Say Uncle) In it he looks at not only Romney but a few other presidential candidates' views on the Right to arms. Although...
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Anti Social Patient

Jed was kind enough to post about the attempt to socialize medicine in Colorado. Aside from the automatic revulsion of anything Marxian being proposed let alone considered my objections to socialized medicine are pragmatic. No matter how the scheme is...
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April 12, 2007

Swamped Music - Llama Edition

Again I'm swamped (& much thanks to Jed for the post on Colorado's attempt to socialize medicine - I'll try to have more on that when I have more time). In the meantime here's a Flash with cute camelid pics...
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April 11, 2007

Anti Social Doctors

If you're a Coloradan, please take the time to read this Open Letter to Colorado Physicians (and others, for that matter) regarding the danger of socialized healthcare in Colorado. I hadn't known that it was this far along. Paul S....
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The Kitty Of Doom

Swamped. The cute furry predator pic (that will hopefully make up for the lack of meaningful content) will have something to do with the next Indiana Jones flick (scheduled to be released in May of 2008)....
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April 10, 2007

BAG Day Reminder

B.A.G. Day is coming up again. The 15th of April if you didn't know. & that's Buy A Gun Day - not to be confused with Buy A Gin Day (which as I'm told occurs on any day ending with...
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I'll Take Tytler For The Win Alex

Actually it's been attributed to Alexander Tytler but is more probably an anonymous quotation from the early 20th century, but it's still apt despite its source, especially for this bit of tomfoolery that I'll get to in a bit....
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April 09, 2007

I Saw Red (Again)

I've used this song before but couldn't think of another as title appropriate. Here's a vid of the tune done by Jani Lane (& yes, the attempts at harmony by the keyboard player are irritating but otherwise it's not a...
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More Bartering

In Colorado a new law has been passed that requires a Colorado resident to have a Colorado CCW. Out of state CCW's held by Colorado residents will no longer be honored. Reading the language of the senate version of the...
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April 08, 2007

Happy East And A Good Pass

When I was a musician I was ruthless - economically that is. If the cash was there I'd play any damn place (even did a solo gig for a furniture store once - now that's a tough crowd). If the...
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Snow Related Note Part Twelve

Previous Snow Related Notes can be found by following links like this one. Sometimes It Snows In April is not just the name of a song by Prince. Around here it's also the justification from the weather guy when he...
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April 07, 2007

No Art For The Children

Michelle Malkin has a post up on anti-gun folks trying to stop a statue of a decorated sailor killed in combat (h/t Bitter). The gist is that a statue (a bronze sculpture to be precise) of Danny P. Dietz, Gunner's...
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Just Say No

Via Of Arms & The Law: "Use of a firearm to protect yourself or property is not recommended. * Guns stolen from residences are a primary way of getting guns into the hands of criminals. * Half of all the...
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April 06, 2007

Sorry Seems To Be The Hardest Word

Elton. I always had a soft spot for this tune for some reason. It's sad & a bit bitter but the melodies (& harmonies) flow so nicely over the chords that when orchestrated right it's really a thing of beauty....
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April 05, 2007

Massive Pet Food Recall Part Four

Here are Part 1, Part 2 & Part 3. Some dog biscuits have been added to the recall as well as menu having expanded the range of products they're recalling. "The recall is one of the largest pet food recalls...
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Bright Lights Big City

It's a Jimmy Reed tune that's been covered quite a bit as any blues standard should be. It's always been a favorite of mine for some reason. I couldn't find Reed's version or Donald Fagen's (which is probably my favorite...
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Government Proscribed Hospitality

I know a few folks who say there are some places, such as hospitals that should be off limits for firearms possession. I'll counter with these two stories about criminals on the loose in Denver:...
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April 04, 2007

Newt Doesn't Get It

Last week on the Hugh Hewitt Show Newt Gingrich answered a few Right to arms related questions. A caveat: Hewitt is not very knowledgeable on the mechanics of the Right to arms. I think he has a general idea of...
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Massive Pet Food Recall Part Three

In case you missed them here's Part One & Part Two There's a bit more information & 4 companies are now recalling some of their pet foods. I'm just going to jot down what I have so far & offer...
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April 03, 2007

Kissing A Fool

Say whatever you want about George Michael but every now & then he does something nice. This tune is very reminiscent of the classic jazz style back when it was as likely to be heard on mainstream "Top 40" stations...
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Shooter And The National Forest Situation

Michael Bane has an update & summation on the situation with anti-gun Park Rangers trying to shut down shooting in the National Forests here in Colorado (following a few paragraph review of the movie Shooter). Go read....
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April 02, 2007


There are a few things I was planning on writing about today but unfortunately a sudden loss & its attendant obligations has booked most of my time over the next week or so. Hopefully I'll be able to jot down...
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April 01, 2007


A Def Leppard tune. For 80's metal it was well structured & despite the genre I always thought it was one of the better tunes to come out in recent decades. Aside from being musically well crafted lyrically i always...
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At Last

The incomparable miss Etta James. Here's a vid set to some kinda anime thing that features Etta doing the tune. Etta has done her share of blues standards & here's a vid of the legendary miss Etta James doing You...
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No One Needs To Know

When Shania came out a lot of purists were complaining that she wasn't really country. I always thought this tune put that accusation to rest. It's a very cute little ditty with a pretty traditional country format. It's a simple...
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